This is by far the last of these gallon batches, the quality is super down hill and with dealing with such limited volumes the room for error is next to null. Also I got an earfull from the girl about how this was her kitchen and I needed to get the hello out!
The biggest f'up on this brew was I bought chocolate malt WHOLE grain not CRUSHED. So as I was pre boiling my 1.5 gallons of water to distill it. I noticed "wtf" the chocolate malt wasn't crushed. I swear I bought crushed grain, but apparently I did not. So how in the hell was I going to crush these grains? All I could think about is how would that have done it back in the padre days when all they had was a pot some water and a magic stick called a Viking's Totem and how would they have grinded the grain.
So being super stupid I though a bowl and a flower vase would get the job done, grind them right up right? Well not so much the vase wasn't smooth at the bottom and I accomplished about a hand full every 5 minutes. That wasn't working so I thought I needed a smother grinder, ding ding ding, a rolling pin and cutting board would do it. So I spent another 20 min grinding the rest of the 1lb bag of chocolate malt. After all that I told my Gfriend what I did and how smart I felt and she was like "there's a grinder bullet in the cupboard..." OMG WTF, well I'm sure the vikings and padres both went through these same issues and also had a woman behind them correcting their dumbass ways.
After the grind, mash, boil, fermination, and bottled, I ended up wih like 5 bottles of the Silk. I called it Silk becuase I poured some remanence of this batch down the drain after the coark and store and it was super silky looking going down the drain. Like a milk creamy consistency swirling down the pipe. However it didn't taste too creamy it tasted like the grind. And actually this is the brew that I found out that you need priming sugar, that or a keg with CO2, becuase this sucker was flat as hell and tasted like Sir William just with a dirty after taste. I thought maybe this would be a good marinade for beef or something, so I added to some spegetti meat, and that didn't work too well, so thats a no go on that. Also my girl gave a big thumbs down and said I could never brew in the kitchen again. So that takes me to the first of the 5 gallon batches War Machine.