Feeling Empty (Figuratively and Literally!)

On August 17, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
The latest kegged-up ales on gas

The latest kegged-up ales on gas

Today I kegged up the last two ales from my summer brewing marathon that were still in carboys.  For the first time, in what seems like forever, I have nothing in glass fermenting away.  I kegged ten gallons of Klassic Kolsch and five gallons of Blue Flame Imperial IPA.  They both attenuated well and completely.  The Kolsch had an original gravity of 1.052 and finished at 1.011, for a 5.4% ABV.  The hydrometer jar sample tasted wonderful, a bit drier and less sweet than my first batch of Kolsch.  This one is a keeper!  The Blue Flame Imperial IPA also attenuated much better than the last batch.  It started with an original gravity of 1.078 and went all the way down to 1.011, for a 8.8% ABV.  For this batch of Blue Flame, I used late hops exclusively, except for the single 90 minute bittering charge.  I also bumped up the dry hops with two ounces each of Summit and Nugget hops.  The uncarbonated sample tasted great and the ale has a huge hop nose.  This is going to be an awesome ale in six weeks!

Eight, sad empty carboys...

Eight, sad empty carboys...

I now have eight dirty carboys that I need to clean.  Nothing is quite as sad looking as eight empty carboys…

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