Starter Wort

I’ve really been slacking off with the brewing/blogging for the past few months. Oh well, that’s what happens when life/work gets in the way.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading about making/canning starter wort.  It seems like a no brainer to me! After all, it would take no time at all to get a yeast starter going during the week.

From some research online, I read that you want the gravity of the starter wort to be between 1.030-1.040.  Using Beersmith, I came up with a basic recipe of 5 pounds of pilsner mashed at 148F for about 3.5 gallons of starter wort. Beersmith predicted a starting gravity of 1.037 which was spot on!

I gave each quart jar over an inch and a half of headspace, to compensate for the hot break when it boils inside the jar while pressure canning.  In total, I filled 14 quart jars, which should last me a long time!



I processed the jars at 15psi for 15 minutes. Lots and lots of break material. Only 2 of the 14 jars did not seal, and I put those jars straight into the beer fridge to use up for my starter on my next brew.  I’m kinda proud of myself for not making a huge mess! 🙂

Until next time, Happy Brewing!

Too Quiet On The Brewing Front

My blogging and actual brewing activity has been WAY too quiet lately. I guess that’s what happens when life/work gets in the way. That doesn’t mean that the brewing “itch” is gone! My last brew of 2010 was my Russian Imperial Stout. That brew session seemed to me to be a disaster, and I didn’t feel confident at all about how it was going to turn out. I even forgot about it in the fermenter for two months!

With my confidence low on this batch, I decided to keg the RIS. Boy am I glad I decided to keg instead of bottle!

I’m very happy with this brew. It’s a nice roasty, chocolaty stout even if it’s not as big of a beer as I intended. I will definitely have to try this recipe again. Now I just need to get my technique down!