Apres Ski

300 Suns is a new local brewery in my area and they are hosting homebrew competitions throughout the year.  The winner of each competition gets their beer brewed on their commercial system and served in the brewery tasting room.  The current competition theme is winter, and I had been struggling to figure out what I wanted to brew.  That is until the other day when I was thinking about my college drinking days.  My favorite beer to drink during the long Bozeman Montana winters was a strong scotch ale from Kettlehouse Brewing Co. called Cold Smoke.  The brewery graciously shared the commercial recipe with a homebrewer who posted it  here.  I plugged that recipe into BeerSmith and this is the recipe I brewed up.

Expected Specs
Volume: 5 gal
OG: 1.066
FG: 1.019
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 13
SRM: 20.5
Boil Time: 120 min

Grain Bill
11.67 lbs American 2-row
5.1 oz Crystal 120
3.2 oz Black Malt
1.4 oz Roasted Barley

.2 oz German Magnum @110 min
.28 oz East Kent Goldings @ Flameout

3.4 oz Dark Brown Sugar added in boil @ 30 min
.5 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min

WLP 028 Edinburgh Ale

Tap Water-Longmont, CO

Single Infusion @ 155 for 1 hour


9/14/2014 Brewed by myself

Collected as much wort as my brewpot could handle, 7+ gallons, so I could boil for 2 hours and end up with 5 gallons or so.  This, combined with some brewday drinking, caused a nice little boilover.  I topped up again with cold water from the hose, a little more than a gallon I think, and continued with the boil.

Due to the topping up with hose water my OG before heading to the fermenter was 1.052.  14 points lower than what I was shooting for.  Oh well, it should still taste good.

I chilled down to 64 F and pitched the 3L yeast starter I had made three days prior.  I set the chest freezer to 66 F to let the fermentation free rise and get started.

9/15/2014 I checked the fermenter before heading to work this morning and it was already bubbling way very strongly 10 hours after pitching.

9/16/2014 I checked on the fermenter this morning and found this mess.IMG_0452
The yeast was a bit more vigorous than anticipated and blew the airlock.  I refilled the airlock with star san and hoped for the best.

9/29/2014  I bottled today.  The final gravity ended up being about 1.006, for a final alcohol content of 6% ABV.  It tasted good coming out of the fermentor.  Hopefully it carbonates in time for the 300 Suns collabeeration competition.


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