Back in early March. I converted a 15 gal. keg to a brew pot by cutting out the top and installing a ball valve at the bottom. It has inspired me top install a valve on my aluminum pot because they are awesome. The keg cost me $30 and the valve was $20. I think I'll need a bigger wort chiller. I also bottled a batch of beer, It was an amber ale with all Chinook hops I hope to sample it next weekend but preliminary tests look promising. Yesterday I brewed my SMaSH with Marris Otter and Kent golding hops. Brew day went superb and I was suprised at how quickly it cooled to pitching temps. I incorporated a stirring during chilling and it seemed to cool much faster than before, the downside was that the trub didn't fall out as well as it usually does but im sure it will during ferment. I also read about a guy who says he has good results with raising fermentation temps late in fermentation, he claims it helps clean things up. I'm goingto try this. I think I'll keep it in the low sixties for ten days or so and if I can bottle it soon after I'll bring to the low 70s for a few days before hand. Also my brother in law and I bottled his batch on St. Patricks day and I tasted it last weekend and I really enjoyeed it. It was midwest brewing supplies Autumn Amber.
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