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Me at 20

The first batch of beer I made was from a Mr. Beer kit on April 3, 2012, just shy of one year ago.  Fast forward to today: I’ll be brewing my 20th home-brewed beer this weekend.  Much has changed in those 12 months, particularly my understanding of the brewing process.  I have also gone from making purely extract beer, to adding steeping grains, and finally, to all grain Brew In A Bag (BiaB) brewing.  I have concentrated on having a consistent, repeatable process that produces expected results.  I am just hitting my stride in that regard.

There is one thing has not changed with my process in the past year, and that is the fermentation vessel I use.  I have continued to use the Mr. Beer fermentation vessel.  Also known as the “Little Brown Keg”, or LBK, this fermenter is perfect for my setup.  Some things I really like about it:

  • It fits inside a cooler with the lid closed.
  • It has a built-in spigot.
  • It has a void in the base that collects the yeast and trub that settle to the bottom.
  • I can fit a 2.5 gallon batch of beer in it, which is roughly a case of beer.  That’s the quantity that I find best for me in the frequency with which I brew.

The list could continue, but suffice it to say that for now, the LBK will continue to be my first choice for a fermenter.

As far as my 20th beer goes, I have decided to go with a high gravity brew to test how my process and setup hold up to the challenge.  I am brewing a Strong Scotch Ale (aka Wee Heavy).  The estimated OG for my recipe is 1.088, so it is a fatty.

Great Grandma MacConchie Strong Scotch Ale:

80% British Golden Promise
9% British Crystal Dark (77)
6% Wheat Malt
2% English Special B
2% Briess Roasted Barley
2% Dextrin (CaraPils) Malt
Fuggles to 20 IBU


Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale

The 1728 is happily chewing away at some Bavarian Wheat DME in the starter.

See you on brew day.

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