That pretty girl is Reilly T. McDawglin, Chief Executive in charge of Brewing Operations here at Anti-Hero Brewing.
Winter Sun Update
A quick update on yesterday’s post about Winter Sun: I checked it when I woke up this “morning” (11:30am) and it was fermenting already, only 8-9 hours after I pitched the yeast. A krausen hadn’t formed, but one has started to build up as of this writing.
As I’m sure you noticed, this carboy isn’t in my usual fermentation chest freezer. It’s actually sitting in the dining room on the first floor of my house. The reasons for this are twofold:
- While the chest freezer works great for keeping my beers cold, I haven’t yet purchased an adequate means to warm beers up. I plan to do that this week.
- Through a bit of serendipity, the dining room happens to stay between 63* and 65*F around this time of year. Factoring in 4*-5*F for the fermentation activity, this puts the beer right in the sweet spot around 68*F for the 1099 Whitbread Ale yeast that we used.
The dining room should prove to be a suitable place until I get a small heater for the chamber, which is good because I’m planning to brew again tomorrow.
I had forgotten, until recently reminded, that I had promised to brew a Christmas/winter beer for all my friends returning home for the holidays, specifically for my friend Matt Carroll (hence the beer name, if you hadn’t figured that out yet). Matt comes back to Boston on the 23rd, so if I factor in a week for fermentation and 2 weeks for bottling, the absolute last day I could brew this beer with the shortest lead time is… tomorrow. Oops. Thanks to a little more serendipity from Ninkasi, I am working from home this week, which gives me the ability to multi-task.
Below is the recipe, if you’re interested. I’ll try to take some pictures and videos to give a look into my brewing process.
|16.0 lb||94%||Mash||38||2 °L|
|0.75 lb||4%||Mash||33||80 °L|
|0.25 lb||1%||Mash||28||500 °L|
Boil time: 90 min
|Horizon (US)||1.0 oz||60 min||Boil||Pellet||13.0%|
|Wyeast London Ale III||Wyeast 1318||73.0%|
|Allspice||0.25 tsp||1.0 min||Boil|
|Cinnamon (Ground)||0.5 tsp||1.0 min||Boil|
|Ginger Root (Dried)||0.5 tsp||1.0 min||Boil|
|Nutmeg (Ground)||0.25 tsp||1.0 min||Boil|
|Step||Heat Source||Target Temp||Time|
|Saccharification Rest||Infusion||152.0 °F||60 min|