San Diego Mud

So after my dad left from his visit on Labor Day weekend I got an itch to brew more. There's a great tasting room over on Morena BLVD. that ballast point owns. It's actually their first brewery they started a while back. They sell a bunch of cool brewery stuff, anything from grain to hops, to pots, to tubes, to everything. So I thought it would be a great idea to go down there and grab some fresh ingredients and brew my all by my self.

Ballast Point brewery shop is pretty damn cool, they got about 20 to 30 different types of grains, same amount of hops and yeast too. It was tough choice of which grains and hops to choose, for one I didn't know of any and for two had no clue what was for what. So I choose the first gain in the row of grains, Caramunich and the first of top row of hops, Amarillo.

Now I'm not one for reading and writing and messurments and stuff, so when I went to messured out 2lbs of grain I neglectfully didn't notice that it was in kilos not pounds, lol, and for safe messure I pourd a little more. I bought some safe ale yeast for generics sake and a grain bag. It wasn't all that expensive like maybe around $15, and then I grabbed a growler of their Ballast Point Pale Ale, one of my favorites.

So with my 5lbs of grain, I made a plan that the next weekend I was going to give it another go. I bolied a gallon and a half of water the night before and then the next day I got it up to 170 degrees ready for the sep, knowing now it should of been 155 degrees. So I poured in about 5lbs of grain in to 1 gallon of water, let me tell you something was off! Way too much grain and not enough water as you can tell from the pictures.

I called my Dad and explained my situation and he just suggested adding more hot water to it, but that didn't help much. So after an hour or so mashing I got the grian out of the wort and started the boil. The only real upside of using so much grain was that the house smelled wonderfull!

I ended up with about .5 gallons to fermernt with and when I finally got to bottle I was left with two solid 16oz bottles of this really thick brown brew that I coined San Diego Mud. It wasn't untill Halloween I actually drank one and it wasn't too bad. Of course I messed up alot with l5bs of grain with just 1 gallon of water, but it was defiantly a learning experience. It had a light carbination feel but it tasted like a decent beer. The ABVs weren't too off the chart. I'm guessing I didn't get the mash right and didn't get the all the necessary sugars into the wort.

The Brew

  • Style

    Pale Ale

    English brown ales range from beers such as Manns Original Brown Ale, which is quite sweet and low in alcohol, to northeastern brown ale such as Newcastle Brown Ale, Double Maxim and Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.
  • Starting Water

    1.5 gallons

    Just keeping record of the amount of water I've started with befroe each brew.
  • Pre Boil Gravity

    1.015

    Taking the gravity before the boil, to make sure the boil went well.
  • Original Gravity

    1.023

    The Original Gravity is the specific gravity measured before fermentation. Gravity is the ratio of the density of a sample to the density of water. Basically sugar vs water. OG - FG = ABV
  • Final Gravity

    1.022

    The Final Gravity is the specific gravity measured at the completion of fermentation. Basically sugar vs water. OG - FG = ABV
  • ABV

    .13%

    Alcohole By Volume. How much alcohol is in the beer, the higher the drunker you get! This one the math and gravities were a little off.
  • Caramunich

    2.25 kilos

    Grain used in the mash. Used for the sweet flavor of the beer. Way Way too much on this one.
  • Hops

    Amarillo

    Hops used in the boil. Used for the bitterness of the beer.
  • Yeast

    Safe US-05 Dry Ale

    These microscopic fungi are the mojo in the juice when it comes to alcohole. They consume sugar, then piss carbonation and shit alchole, then reproduce and do it again.
  • Priming Sugar

    None

    Priming sugar, used finish off the fermination. It's used to self carbonate the beer during bottling.
  • IBU

    Unknown

    International Bittering Units. The measurement of bitterness of the beer ranging from 0 to 100, where 100 is super hoppy.
  • SRM Color Scale

    24

    Number guide to beer color, 0 - 40 Yellow into Black
    color guide
  • Finial Amount

    32oz

    The finial amount of beer I got at the end of the whole brewing process

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