Today we crafted what will hopefully be the first beer in our Standard series, our IPA: Monogamy. It is dubbed Monogamy because it is a single hop IPA that will be brewed with the same malt bill and yeast (assuming we like this malt bill and yeast!) each time, but with a rotating cast of single hops. The first iteration is Monogamy (Simcoe).
At 10 or so in the morning it was pouring out, so I (Ryan) decided to set this brew day up in the garage. By 1:30 when Manny and some guests (Roxanne and Mark who were here on academic reasons, and Raul who was here for libation-ic reasons) arrived and we got set up, the sun was shining and the humidity was blasting.
The brew went pretty smooth overall. We hung out, listened to music, drank (mostly) good beers and enjoyed good company in my not-super-hot and not-super-humid garage. No sunburn this time like Tuesday, no foot burn (because we didn’t lose any mash water due to a not-quite-closed spigot), no big issues.
We tried something a bit new today, running the cooled wort through a sanitized filter bag to remove the excess hop matter before putting it in the fermenter… and I wasn’t too impressed with the results. The mesh was too fine, and it was a pain in the ass getting all of the wort out. Manny had to literally squeeze it out with his bare (sanitized) hands. Next time we’re going to look into just isolating the hops in the wort to begin with instead of trying to separate them at the end.
Brew day Playlist:
Soul Coughing – Irresistible Bliss
Allen Stone – Allen Stone
Doc Delay & Godforbid – American Style Cardboard
Primus – Antipop
White Zombie – Astro-Creep 2000