The yeast starter was quite an experience trying to use the erlenmeyer flasks. I had two boil overs while trying to boil the dry malt extract and I had issues getting the temperature to stay below 90 because of the heat generated by the stir plate, but I've got the heat issue figured out and I know to remove the flask from the heat before I add the extract and then watch it very carefully the whole time it's boiling. I also got a thermowell to help me more accurately measure the true temperature of the fermenting wort.
I brewed completely by myself which made for a very busy brew day. I realized half way through the boil that I didn't have any ice, so I raced off to 7-11 to get some ice, and was back in about 5 minutes, and fortunately no brewing disaster occurred! Liz and I went to our favorite bar Hamiltons in our former community of South Park for their "second saturday" event with Karl Strauss and had free cajun food and their cask beers - oatmeal stout and Tower 20 IIPA.
|Yeast starter just getting going|
|Starter well under way|
|Milling the grain|
|Starter ready for pitching|
|Finished off the day with cask beers from Karl Strauss (oatmeal stout and IIPA) at Hamiltons.|