RIS Brew Day

On December 23, 2008, in Family and Friends, Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
Recirculating the RIS

Recirculating the RIS

The Czar’s Pride Russian Imperial Stout brew day was uneventful and went well.  We got a bit of a late start because Stephen dreamed solutions to problem that didn’t exist.  He was trying to figure out how to sparge our no-sparge, first runnings RIS and then forgot to bring his mash tun (and carboy:) and had to head home to pick it up.  What a maroon!

Mashing out the RIS

Mashing out the RIS

We did have a bit of trouble collecting enough of the first runnings, but in the end, we each walked away with 5 gallons of wort – really big wort.  We each mashed in our own mash tuns, and ended with an original gravity of 1.088.  The Northern Brewer and Perle hops gave off a truly wonder aroma during the different phases of the boil, so I have no doubt that this wll be a wonderful ale in 9-12 months.   My carboy took off, with help from the big yeast starter, within four hours.

Stephen's SEG :)

Stephen's SEG 🙂

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