Speedy Brewing with DME
This latest batch was inspired by this episode of Basic Brewing Podcast. The boys brewed an IPA with Dry Malt Extract (DME) in less than an hour.
It has been 2 weeks since I boiled this batch and it has a weird gunky layer on top. The weird thing is that 2 days ago it was covered with foam. This batch of beer also was one of the most volatile fermentations I’ve had so far. The question is, do I take it to the next phase, bottle it, or dump it?
I didn’t dump it because when I popped the airlock it smelled heavenly. I decided to try and create two different batches from this. Don’t try this at home unless you are ready for heartache, disappointment, and a sticky floor.
Here’s how it all went down…
I decided to bottle half the batch as-is and spike the other half for another week. Under normal circumstances when you/I transfer wort to the bottles, I first siphon it to a “bottling bucket.” This helps to eliminate all the “trub” at the bottom. But I was lazy and figured that was too much trouble for only three bottles.
Instead I carefully tried to just siphon off the top into the bottles. The first bottle was no problem. It was a sling-top so I was able to stabilize the bottle easily while holding the other end of the siphon in the upper most part of the fermenter. Then when it came to the second bottle, um, not so easy.
It was a 12 oz. bottle that required caps which I forgot to sanitize so as I tried to balance the bottling gear while grabbing a few bottle caps to toss in the sanitizer bath. Needless to say the siphon sank into the trub so I had to reset and rinse and sanitize all over again. Was anything contaminated?? Who knows. Lesson learned. Don’t be lazy.
After bottling the three test bottles. I added half a teaspoon of heather tips to the remaining liquid, re-stopped it and licked my wounds.
See you in a couple of weeks.