Brew Day 3 : Pliny the Elder Clone (1 gallon)

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I scaled the Pliny the Elder clone recipe I found over at HomeBrewTalk to a 1 gallon batch size.  Work has been pretty busy and I have been itching to brew for a couple weeks now.

The night before this brew, I was going through the brew day in my head when I decided to go BIAB style in a 4 gallon stainless steel pot that I had purchased a while back.  I still can’t remember why I bought the damn thing, but it worked out perfect.  Maybe I bought it for BIAB??  Who knows and who cares, I whipped out this batch in about 4 hours and I got my homebrew fix.  On to the pictures:

Crushed my grain in my new grain mill, check my post about the grain mill.
Crushed my grain in my new grain mill, check my post about the grain mill.
Heated my strike water and doughed in.  Mash temps just about there.
Heated my strike water and doughed in. Mash temps just about there.
Placed the pot in my oven set at the lowest setting, then calibrated my pH meter.
Placed the pot in my oven set at the lowest setting, then calibrated my pH meter.
Took a sample and did not have to make and pH adjustments.
Took a sample and did not have to make and pH adjustments.
Got my hop additions ready for boil.
Got my hop additions ready for boil.
My long time friend, Microwave, came through in a big way.  Let that wort drain.
My long time friend, Microwave, came through in a big way. Let that wort drain.

 

After the wort drained, I rinsed the grains with some 165F water.
After the wort drained, I rinsed the grains with some 165F water.
After the boil, the wort was cooled in an ice bath and tossed in the fermentor.
After the boil, the wort was cooled in an ice bath and tossed in the fermentor.
3 grams of rehydrated US-05 and its time to let the yeast make beer.
3 grams of rehydrated US-05 and its time to let the yeast make beer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some notes:

  • My volumes were way off!  For some reason I thought half a gallon of extra water would be ok…  Gravity was a bit low as a result.
  • This batch will be dry hopped twice, once at 8 days remaining and then again at 3 days remaining.
  • BIAB was really easy.  Once I un-fuck my fermentation chamber/keezer situation I plan on doing more 1 gallon batches.
  • I am really happy with my grain mill.
  • I might want to pick up a refractometer for these smaller batches…

I have all the ingredients for an American IPA recipe so that will more than likely be my next batch.

I really liked the brown porter I made so I am throwing my own recipe together so I can get that one aging.  It is looking like two months in secondary for that one.

Thanks for stopping by!

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