- This (early) morning I washed and rinsed 44 bottles
- While they were sanitizing in the dish washer, I ran some errands and ate lunch, and drank some rather interesting beers.
- Came home, and bottled Pale and Golden. Each took 20 bottles plus one at the end. I consider this the "trub bottle", even though there was almost no trub in the bottle. Cold crashing helped. Had 2 extra empty bottles.
- Washed/rinsed another 40 bottles (the extra 2 were still in the dish washer not touched, and going through another sanitize cycle).
- 42 total bottles are in the dish washer. It'll take about 2 to 2.5 hours to run the wash/sanitize cycle on the dish washer. BTW, no, there is NO detergent in the dish washer. Strictly water then a hot sanitize cycle.
- Probably around 2000hrs EDT tonight, I'll bottle Robust and Smooth.
While I'm waiting, I took samples of Robust and Smooth and compared them to the Golden and Pale that are bottled. Three of them came in right on the money. From Mr. Beer's site, I expected about 3.1% for the HME, about 1.0 for the LME and about another percent for the booster. I'm not going to release the exact numbers, because honestly, this isn't about chasing rainbows. It's about the flavor and how I can use the LMEs for future recipes.
Based on the final numbers 3 out of 4 were very close to what was expected for ABV. Not sure why, but Pale came out a few decimal points lower, and a bit cidery. I'm not worried about Pale, because it was the first one that I bottled. I had problems reading the refractometer, and the taste could have been hampered due to what I ate for lunch (don't ask). After I bottled Pale, I thought.....should I recalibrate the refractometer? Sure enough, using a few drops of plain water, the blue line was a hair off. I made the adjustment, but by then the whole batch of Pale was bottled.
These 80 bottles (20 per recipe) will be carbonating/conditioning at about 70 degrees until July 15. I decided to give them 8 weeks just to make sure that all is as best as it can be. Plus I'm hoping to get rid of any off-flavors of Pale, which I really don't think are there. I might crack open one each on July 8, just to see how things are.