Man-O'-War (n) - a warship powered by sails and equipped with many heavy guns. Brewery (n) - a place where beer, ale, etc. are brewed.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Taking a Fix
This weekend I racked my beer to secondary and took a fix - determined where my current brew stands on it's path of intended movement (PIM) from wort to porter. I drew a sample and once the remainder of the beer was racked and stowed I took a gravity measurement and tasted a couple of mouthfulls for good measure.
The "beer" when I opened the primary was as it should have been - clean and clear, and it smelled great. The transfer went smoothly, with very little sediment taken up. The slurry of yeast at the bottom of the fermenter was impressive.
Some day, I'm going to think and prepare ahead enough to recover and re-use the stuff. SG was 1.018 (OG 1.050) so it currently stands at about 4.4% ABV. It tasted immature but pretty much like a porter. Strong coffee-like notes, the roasted barley was evident, medium bitterness. So I have no doubt some more time in the carboy and then the bottle will have this beer tasting as it should. "Ideally" the FG should be 1.016 or below and I'm pretty sure those last few thousandths will drop off in the next week or so. If not, no biggie, I can figure it out next time.
It's like dead reckoning. Estimate your future position based upon your last known position and course and speed, and then your fix tells you where you really are. Right now, it looks like I'm pretty much "on PIM".
I love the great age of fighting sail. I love to brew beer. I made this blog to document the resurrection of my home brewing hobby and drone on about my love of naval history and square-rigged sailing. I am far from being an expert brewer, I'm a complete amateur when it comes to sailing, and I don't have a history degree...but this is a blog, not a text book, so why should that stop me? Thanks for coming, please leave a comment and tell me what you think.
Chocolate Porter (Name TBD) Status: Bottle Conditioning OG: 1.050 SG: 1.018 (as of 24 Jan 09) FG: 1.015 Notes: Approx. 4.8% ABV - FG is a bit high for the OG. We'll see how it tastes.
India Pale Ale (Name TBD) Status: In Secondary OG: 1.066 SG: 1.016 (as of 13 Feb 09) FG: 1.013 Notes: Approx. 7% ABV. Good body, good bitterness. In short, this one looks like a keeper.
Fruit Ale (Name TBD) Status: In Secondary OG: 1.051 FG: 1.010 (as of 07 Mar 09. Before fruit addition) Notes: Completely on a lark. Med-low bitterness and aroma from noble hops. Boiled with (blood) orange zest. Secondary fermentation will be with 6 8 lbs of pureed mango. Beautiful amber-copper color so far. 5.6% ABV at the time mango was added; accurately determining final ABV at bottling will not be possible, so I won't bother.