I’m usually posting on Sundays or Mondays after playing with beer on the weekend, but last weekend was missed (it is Tuesday today). I wasn’t home to play with beer on the weekend and I got back home to a sick child, so it was a clear no beer (and no posting) for me.
But in any case, things are well now, I had a chance to bottle the BIAB I made a couple of weeks ago, and sadly my mistakes in the mashing phase are clear. I was aiming for a FG of 1009-1012, but ended up with 1022. On the brew day, I had a feeling that both my measuring, and the actual temperature are not the same, and that the mash was too hot. Optimal temperatures for mashing is 64-69ºC. Going over that range inhabits the break of the fermentable sugars from the grains – and that is what happened here. I will try again with more careful mashing, though I’m not sure how to do so.
That’s it for this week, not much, but I’m still here.
I think that on the weekend I will have a simple brew day, use an extract and maybe play with hops a little more, nothing fancy, just satisfying. Also, I’m thinking of starting to play with a lighter beer too, something simpler to have in the house when a black ale is not quit in the mood. we are more of IPAs or rad ale people here, with a bit more of a hoppy characters – and recommendations?