This is a brewing blog . . . and finally, I have some brewing to blog about!
On Sunday, I brewed 10 gallons of pale ale. I decided to make 10 gallons, instead of my usual 5, because I was low on homebrew. Also, I had just bought a 15-gallon demijohn and two 10-gallon Corny kegs last year, and I wanted to use them.
The brew was basically my usual pale ale. I called it Patrick Henry Pale Ale in the March-April 2006 issue of BYO, where the 5-gallon recipe appeared. It won a medal in the balanced beer category of my club's competition (the Austin ZEALOTS Homebrew Inquisition) last year. That time around, I called it Pretzel vs. President Pale Ale. This time around, since I've been watching the cartoon Metalocalypse -- the cartoon about the death metal band Dëthkløk -- quite a bit recently, I decided to call it "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Deth." I'll list the recipe, as I brewed it this time, at the end of this entry.
I squeezed the grains for the mash into my 10-gallon mash tun, but didn't have room to add boiling water for a mash-out. So I sparged with 190 °F water until the grain bed temperature rose to 170 °F, then dropped the temp of the sparge water to 170 °F. I ran the whole wort off in a little over an hour - a bit faster than I usually go. I boiled for 75 minutes in my 15-gallon converted keg and chilled the wort with my immersion chiller. I used six bags of ice in my two "pre-chillers" as my tap water is around 75 °F....