March Stock Lager and IPA Brewday!

I am repeating the Stock Lager as I need a lighter, easy drinker and I am switching the yeasts to a more flocculent yeast to speed up the turnaround.  I am also making my first IPA.  But not any IPA, I want citrus.  I want grapefruit but without the intense, dry mouthed, hop sucking bitterness that many are producing.   It will also be my first experience with rye.  I am also experimenting on a more flocculant ale yeast to turn these around faster too.

The stock lager I exceeded target gravity so it’s efficiency is greater than 80%.  This mill gives a great crush.  The hops I am using are new too for the citrus taste – Amarillo.  Though the local homebrew store only had enough for the aroma hops so I substituted Chinook for the other additions.  I am usually a mono-hopping brewer.

For the Rye IPA…it was a stuck sparge…BIG TIME.  John and I messed with it for a few hours.  We finally collected what we needed though that, surprisingly only ended up 5 gravity points short.  Next time, use rice hulls for the rye.

Thanks for all the help gentlemen.  There will be great brew on tap soon.

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The vacuum hose eliminates dust from milling.

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Smackin’ the yeast!

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Mixing the grains together trying to evenly disperse the crystal and carapils
Mixing the grains together trying to evenly disperse the crystal and carapils before milling.

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With the belt tightened, it's gobbling grain.  It didn't get stuck once.
With the belt tightened, it’s gobbling grain. It didn’t get stuck once. and we even filled the hopper full.

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Show off.  One arm mash-in.

Mash in!
Mash in done!
Stuck sparge with the Rye
Stuck sparge with the Rye
Cleanup was horrendous on this day.
Cleanup was horrendous on this day – I actually left the cleanup for the following day.

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I took apart EVERYTHING to clean.  I made such a mess.
I took apart EVERYTHING to clean. I made such a mess.
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