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.
Splitting the batch into 2.5 gallon portions also means splitting the ingredients, including the yeast! Have to keep things even.
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.
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.
Look honey, we have twins!
Time for the fermentation dance to get things started! A little yeast nutrient doesn’t hurt too!
The bunnies were very busy during this brew day.
Overall, a successful brew day: 5 gallons of lavender-honey wheat ale, tucked in and fermenting!
Your Brew Captain,