Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brew Day Checklist

I was listening to a recent episode of The Session on the brewing network about Faster Brewing techniques. The guest was Chris Graham from Morebeer and he had some great suggestions for speeding up a brew day. Some I already implement like batch sparging but there where others that caught my attention and I wanted to share one here.

The idea that most intrigued me was the idea of a brew day checklist. This is something I haven't used before but I immediately thought it would be useful. I mean who hasn't had that Oh Shit moment while brewing because you forgot to do something? Usually for me this moment is realizing I forgot to add metabisulfite to the water to get rid of Chlorine and Chloramines before mashing or I forgot my salt additions during the mash.

So I decided to create my own checklist and this is what I came up with. Maybe it will be useful to someone else.

Brew Day Checklist

  • Heat Mash Water and add Campden Tablet, Acidify If necessary

  • Weigh and Crush Grains

  • Add Salts to mash water and dough in

  • Heat Sparge Water

  • Wash Lauter Tun

  • Vorlauf and Batch Sparge

  • Start Boil

  • Prep Hop Additions

  • Clean Mash Tun and Lauter Tun

  • Sanitize Fermentor, Airlocks, Aeration Stone or Wine Degasser and Hose

  • Add Immersion Chiller or hook up pump and Plate Chiller and Circulate to Sanitize

  • Add Whirlfloc

  • Whirlpool if necessary

  • Chill

  • Aerate

  • Add Yeast

  • Clean Boil Kettle