Yeti XI

Ref 2024-01 Yeti Brewer Pain & Patience
Style Imperial Stout Type Beer, all-grain
Started Fri 19th Jan 24 OG 1.082 Status Available, 7.9% ABV
Packaged Wed 31st Jan 24 FG 1.022 Fermenter SS 25 litre bucket
Handle 2024-01 Yeti
Brewer Pain & Patience
Style Imperial Stout
Type Beer, all-grain
Fermenter SS 25 litre bucket
Status Available, 7.9% ABV ABV
Started Fri 19th Jan 24 OG 1.082
Packaged Wed 31st Jan 24 FG 1.022

Another go at this favourite brew, this time tweaked for yield of 11% (hopefully) and just 10 litres. Tracking in Brewfather.

Milestones & Tasks

Feb 09 -75dFirst taste
Jan 31 -84dKegged 10 litres
Jan 19 -96dStarted primary fermentation
Jan 17 -98dCreated yeast starter
9 days
Jan 202431Wed

Fermentation seems to have well and truly finished, and I’ve only measured 1.022, so 7.9% ABV. Can’t be bothered to cold-crash this small bucket of what’s essentially a failed brew, so it’s into an MJ Mini keg and on the gas. Oh well, at least the fermenter’s easy to clean.

11 days
1 day
Jan 202419Fri

I’m sure there was method amongst the madness, at least at the beginning: aim for a smaller batch and see if we can push the ABV past 10%. I dialled the recipe back to 11 litres fermenter volume and increased base malt to get the percentage up, tweaking the darker hops to taste.

Brew day itself was OK, no major mishaps but once again I didn’t quite get the yield I was expecting from my mash and unintentionally compensated with boil-off, which nearly exposed the heating elements enough to cause problems. Two key take-aways from this brew day:

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2 days
Jan 202417Wed

Typical M44 yeast starter scaled down for size. Normally I’d put this on 24 – 30 hours before pitching, but Brewfather has always reminded me 3 days out to make the starter, so I thought I’d give it a tad longer this time around. Should be pitching on Friday at noon, which is about 52 hours.

Update: should have pitched a bit sooner. It did take off mightily, but if I’m aiming for peak Krausen within the starter before pitching then 26 – 28 hours is possibly the sweet spot.