Debbiebrau — Part I: Primary Fermentation
Debbie, my mother-in-law, got me an awesome brewing kit from Northern Brewer for my birthday. I hadn’t gotten a full free day to do the initial brewing step until this Friday after thanksgiving. The brewing recipe is called the Caribou Slobber, and I’ve named the batch Debbiebrau.
Step 0: Gather the stuff.
Step 1: Put water in a pot.
Step 2: Steep grains.
Step 3: Warm up the liquid malt extract in hot water.
The water is brown because I dumped coffee grinds in the sink after I was done with them. But I’m not going to lie, our sink looks pretty gross any day of the week.
Step 4: Take out the steeped grains and wait for it to boil.
I literally watched water boil for half an hour.
Step 5: Pour in liquid and dry malt extracts.
Stir until the malt extracts have fulling dissolved.
Step 6: Dump in the hops.
And repeat this process two more times at differing times of the cook, with different packets of hops.
…60 minutes later…
We have wort!
Step 7: Cool the wort.
Apparently it’s beneficial to cool the wort as quickly as possible, so I gave it an ice bath. I went to the gym for an hour and came back to see that the water in the ice bath was full-on warm. I had to dump and replace the water.
Step 7.1: Carry the 5-gallon pot of wort downstairs.
Step 8: Sanitize the stuffs.
Not shown: making the sanitizing solution.
Step 9: Pouring the wort into the carboy, and pitching the yeast.
Overall — if you include wait time, prep time, and cleanup — setting up primary fermentation took about five hours. Was a great day, and am excited to see how this caribou turns out.
Secondary fermentation in two weeks!