Keith is off on a business trip this weekend so our buddy Michael volunteered to pitch in – and to do some brewing of his own. Two kettles going at once this time and experimentation with two new ingredients made this an adventure. Instead of hop pellets in these beers, we used whole leaf hops (Goldings and Perle) which totally changed the look and feel of the wort as it brewed. It also added considerable time to straining the worts before moving them to the fermenters. And totally worth it – the aromas were incredible.
The other new ingredient to us is someting called Fermcap – used to prevent boiling over. Just a couple drops of the stuff did wonders. What is it, you ask? I found one guy who says it’s ” made from a blend of unicorn tears and sasquatch blood.” Another source said it’s a silicone-based emulsion that reduces the surface tension of the liquid, preventing boil-over. I prefer to believe the former. Either way – it works.
So here’s the big curveball from last night – our hydrometer readings. I need to go back and consult my book, because these things didn’t make any sense. One said our specific gravity was at 1.72 … we gotta be doing something wrong.
And now for something completely pedestrian – the Bubbling of the Wort Live-Action Movie: