So, my first all-grain batch is a wrap. I let it ferment for about a week and checked the gravity. It was down to 1.012 which was just a little higher than I wanted. I decided to let it go another week and then some. I bottle it today and got about 19-liters of finished beer at 1.010 FG. It tastes quite good, bitter, but not overwhelming. It has a nice nutty taste and I’m really curious to see how it will carbonate up and taste at refrigerated temps.
At some point, I really want to start harvesting yeast. I pitched a 1.5 liter starter on this beer and it fermented out quite well. It really is amazing that you start with a single vial of yeast and what you end up with at the end. The flocculation on this yeast was really great and I was able to rack-off almost all of the beer without sucking up any yeast. Here is what was left.
I recovered almost 4-cups of yeast from the fermenter that I really hated to pour down the drain. But, I just don’t have a good way to store it right now. Hopefully later, I can get a canning setup and start to sterilize some jars and same some yeast from beer to beer to start and lower my costs a bit. Next report: How it tastes!