Our sixth original recipe: the Wit Rabbit!

June 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Brew day, once more! We recently made a batch of Blackjack (our third batch) which included a British ale yeast and a modified grain bill, but the weather has been a persistent foil to our efforts: a cold snap after a few nights cut the fermentation short! Furthermore, the 5 gallon batch was bursting at the seams of the 5 gallon carboy; much of the yeast was likely lost in the initial robust phases of fermentation. Learning from that experience, I decided to invest in a few choice pieces of equipment: a second 3 gallon glass carboy for splitting 5 gallon batches into 2.5 gallon portions, a temperature controller, and a fermentation heater (a thin sheet with a metal grid attached).

With this equipment unwrapped and the weather warming, we embark on our next journey: our first original wheat beer! The “Wit Rabbit” is a wheat ale infused with a touch of lavender and a healthy dose of honey. It remains to see if the ale will have any true witbier or Belgian character; I am trying a dry wheat yeast for this maiden voyage, so we will see what happens.

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Splitting the batch into 2.5 gallon portions also means splitting the ingredients, including the yeast! Have to keep things even.

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An important part of any brew day is the drinking of homebrew. Here’s a glass of Big Chief Hazel about to happen! Yes, that is a fork AND a bottle opener. I never set sail without it.

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We’re trying to be better about conserving and using the water that otherwise might be wasted in the brewing process. The cooling water is going into our 5 gallon carboy to be used for watering the garden.

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Look honey, we have twins!

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Time for the fermentation dance to get things started! A little yeast nutrient doesn’t hurt too!

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The bunnies were very busy during this brew day.

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Overall, a successful brew day: 5 gallons of lavender-honey wheat ale, tucked in  and fermenting!

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Your Brew Captain,

Blackjack

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