I've even started brewing five gallon all grain batches again now that I can set up my Igloo cooler and turkey fryer in my garage. Last weekend I brewed a Weizen Bock with some of my friends whole Nugget hops, but I'll get back into that in a later post. I was so excited about it, brewing all grain batches again that is, that I've been working on my own plans for a Brutus 10 system with the possibility for an expansion to twenty gallon batches later down the road.
I had hit somewhat of a roadblock a few months ago with my BJCP challenge and didn't know what the problem was. (If you'll recall, I was getting somewhat of a metallic/cleanser type taste in my beers.) Well I realized that it was the iodophor that I was using for sanitation. It hit me one night when I went out for a couple beers at Buffalo Wild Wings and the ones I drank also had that same faint taste and iodophor after all is a commercial sanitizer used in breweries and restaurants. Oddly enough it is one of those things that some people can taste since my wife had no problems with them at all.
I feel much better about my processes now and am excited to get back on track. I'll have a week off work coming up shortly, and I am hoping to get a couple more batches brewed.
On Deck: Light American Lager
Secondary: Weizen Bock
Total for 2011: 88 Gallons