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all-grain rye IPA brew day at CB’s

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

bird's-eye of the setup

last weekend AP and I rolled by CB’s to check out his latest brew session, a rye IPA.

  • things have changed a bit since the last time I visited–  CB got the itch and upgraded his brew kettle and burner.
  • with his new 20-gallon blichmann boilermaker, he can easily crank out 10-gallon all-grain batches (and can even kick it up to 15 gal. if he can fit enough grain in the mash tun!).

new kettle and burner

  • when I arrived, CB had completed the mash and was starting the sparge.  however, despite the addition of some rice hulls, the mash was pretty stuck due to the rye.

the mash

  • no worries though – TB had brought over some of his bottled kolsch, so it was time to RDWHAHB.

TB's kolsch

  • once we realized that the sparge was going to take much longer than expected, more than homebrew was called for.

the sparge

  • CB sliced up some of his cured meats and poured out some samples of his saison and another one of his IPAs.  delicious!

saison and IPA

cured meats

  • we watched the boil kettle slowly fill, and finally had close to 13 gallons.  when CB’s new burner fired up it sounded like a jet engine and before too long a healthy rolling boil kicked off.

the boil

  • I had to take off soon thereafter, but from what I heard, a 5 gal. immersion chiller isn’t really up to the task of cooling a 10 gal. batch.
  • congrats on the first 10 gal. batch CB!  I can’t wait to give it a taste.

sparging