Thursday, March 11, 2010

More free homebrewing advice.

Here's a novel idea for those of you interested in homebrewing. When you get grains at your LHBS* it is a good idea to label each bags. I know it sounds radical, but it helps identify which is the domestic 2-row and which is the Maris Otter. Or to identify the 20°L crystal from the 55°L crystal malt.

The last time I went to my LHBS, I got about 20 pounds of grains to be used in several batches. At my LHBS, it is a self service deal where one weighs out each grain, crushes it and puts it in a plastic bag. The last time I was there I got into a really cool conversation with another brewer while we were in the grain room. I kept weighing and crushing grains as we talked. However, I forgot to label most of my bags. I wrote everything on a list so the checkout guy knew what I was buying, but I distracted enough to neglect labeling the bags for my own use.

I just realized this a couple days ago and I got really pissed at myself. I THINK I identified what each thing is. I'm most confused about which 10 pound bag is Maris Otter and which is 2-row. In the end, it isn't that critical really, but I won't be making my Irish stout to the correct specs if I guess wrong.




*That's Local HomeBrew Store

7 comments:

marcus said...

Doh! What about dropping a few of the dropped kernels into a shot glass? 2-row should taste more plain and be lighter in color vs maris otter.

Chemgeek said...

Good point. I'll try that.

Chillindamos said...

I feel your pain. My HBS is also a brewery with a tasting room. You know the rest of the story.
I have plastic bins (holds 20lbs. and 40lbs.) and large plastic jars (holds 4lbs.). All are labeled with grains I commonly use. When I'm out, I fill them up with the same ingredient. Saves me the confusion when I'm tipsy.

Tomahawk Spot said...

Yo, just out of curiosity... You may say this somewhere but are the recipe's you have based on a 5 gallon brew?

Chemgeek said...

Usually 5 gallons. Occasionally 10 gallons

Glass Bottles said...

Thanks for the tips... Please come back soon!!!

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