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Recipe: Muddy / The Pink Elephant, If You Please (revision #1)

  • Started Brewing: Oct 07, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.080
  • Finished Brewing: Dec 07, 2011
  • Final Gravity: 1.008
  • Alcohol by Volume: 9.4%
  • Would Make Again?: Maybe  

Final Review

Great beer. Very popular. High alcohol but not obvious. Will jack you up and quickly!

Notes From Oct. 7, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.080

Made a 0.25 gal starter, pitching both yeasts. Ran an English-style lauter with first runnings making the entire batch causing a seemingly low efficiency. Did not boil off enough volume so ended up with just shy of 5.5 gal after pitching the starter. Very active fermentation. Added simple sugars on 10/11, perhaps a day later than intended due to lack of having sugar in the pantry (oops). Second lauter runnings used to make a small beer with 0.5 oz of leftover Saaz, boiled for about 45 min. May make a sour with second beer.

Notes From Oct. 12, 2011 (Other)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Ferm aroma smells distinctly like Safbrew T-58. May not be necessary to purchase expensive liquid yeast.

Notes From Oct. 13, 2011

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Added simple sugars after boiling in a small amount of water. Increased ferm activity several hours after dosage.

Notes From Oct. 17, 2011 (Moving to Secondary)

Gravity Reading: 1.008

Racked to secondary. Reserved a yeast sample for Belgian pale ale. Green beer sample tastes clean and spicy, almost a dead ringer.

Notes From Nov. 1, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: [Not given]

Well, that's what you get for not labeling your fermenters. Accidentally packaged 6L in a Tap-A-Draft bottle and the remainder in a Corny well too soon. Will combine batches into the single Corny and package the correct beer, a CA Common, in another split keg-bottle combo. Beer seems like it needs to cold condition for a while. First note is that there seems to be excessive diacetyl which may not go away. Beer is also annoyingly dry so next try will abandon the step mash for a single-step infusion at about 152 F.