Brew Day: Vampire Dust Pale Ale and a Mead
Yesterday (at the time of writing) was Mead Day. Since I’m down to just a session wheat beer, I needed a pale ale, and I just wanted to make a mead.
Vampire Dust Pale Ale
Brewing went off with mostly few hitches except slowly hitting my strike temperature due to this redneck RIMS setup (to be documented further later).
|Batch Size||Boil Time||IBU||SRM||Est. OG||Est. FG||ABV|
|5.5 gal||60 min||44.9 IBUs||5.2 SRM||1.059||1.011||6.3 %|
|Name||Cat.||OG Range||FG Range||IBU||SRM||Carb||ABV|
|American Pale Ale||18 B||1.045 - 1.06||1.01 - 1.015||30 - 50||5 - 10||2.3 - 3||4.5 - 6.2 %|
|Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Western)||11 lbs||90.72|
|Carapils (Briess)||12 oz||6.19|
|Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L||6 oz||3.09|
|Green Bullet||0.5 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||13.5|
|Citra||1 oz||15 min||Boil||Pellet||12|
|Citra||1 oz||5 min||Boil||Pellet||12|
|Citra||3 oz||7 days||Dry Hop||Pellet||12|
|Irish Moss||1.00 tsp||15 min||Boil||Fining|
|London Ale Yeast (1028)||Wyeast Labs||75%||60°F - 72°F|
|Mash In||148°F||60 min|
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My First Mead
This is the fist time I’ve attempted mead, and I tried to keep it as simple as I can:
Ingredients: 4 lb Orange Blossom Honey, water to make 1g, yeast, LD Carlson Yeast Nutrient and LD Carlson Yeast Energizer
Yeast: Lavlin 71b, 5g
Rehydrate yeast with 125 ml water and 6.25g LD Carlson Yeast Nutrient
Add all honey to fermenter, water to 1 gallon, mix well. Pitch yeast. Forget to add first SNA (oops).
Following morning: add first two SNA’s, mostly because I don’t have a way to measure to tenths of grams.
The SNAs should be 0.4g Nutrient and 0.2g Energizer each addition, at pitch and at each of 24, 48, and 72 hours post-pitch.
Vampire Dust Pale should be ready in 10 days or so, the mead will be a while.