Tap-a-Drafts are a compromise between bottles and kegs. It’s nice filling only three bottles…The handle has an issue. If you do not confirm that the handle is secure and the locking tab is in place, it leaks… About 15 minutes later the beer had found its way into vegetable crisper (onions, celery, and lettuce were marinating in beer), behind and under the crisper, and onto the kitchen floor…we lost one-third of our product, or about $10 retail. Damn. [Update: Lightning struck twice and a second TAD leaked. The TAD needs to be checked constantly.]
Well, gluttons for punishment that we are, today we packaged our third batch of Laurel India Pale Ale. The initial tastings of the flat beer hint at this being another dynamite batch. This time we filled just one Tap-A-Draft so that we can sample the Laurel sooner but we didn’t expose all our batch to the TAD [I checked that it was still holding product after writing this sentence.] We bottled the remainder in 12-ounce bottles.
We will keep constant vigilance on this batch. It is a sin to spill beer.
Fermentables Ingredient Amount % MCU When Pale 2-row Ale Malt 13lb 15oz 94.7 % 7.6 In Mash/Steeped Carapils Malt 7.20 oz 3.1 % 0.1 In Mash/Steeped Caramel 40L 5.40 oz 2.3 % 2.5 In Mash/SteepedHop Schedule Hop %Alpha Amt Timing Magnum 11.0 % 0.77 oz First Wort Hopped Cascade 5.9 % 1.85 oz 60 Min From End Centennial 9.5 % 0.75 oz 30 Min From End Simcoe 12.5 % 0.30 oz 10 Min From End Columbus(Tomahawk) 15.5 % 0.30 oz 10 Min From End Centennial 9.5 % 0.45 oz At turn off Cascade 5.9 % 0.20 oz At turn off Cascade 5.9 % 2.12 oz Dry-Hopped Centennial 9.5 % 1.15 oz Dry-Hopped Citra 11.1 % 1.00 oz Dry-Hopped Yeast White Labs WLP001-California Ale
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