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SETUP & STEEP (Estimated:45 Minutes)
1:PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL THE DIRECTIONS PRIOR TO START.
2:SANITIZE all equipment and surfaces that will be used in the production of beer with included sanitizer powder.
TIP: Use sanitizer solution as instructed on bag, allow to sit for 2 minutes then wipe equipment free of additional moisture.
3:REFRIGERATE WATER FOR FERMENTATION
-Use measuring cup to place 1 quart of cold water into the 1 gallon glass jug, affix lid, and place in a refrigerator to cool.
TIP: Filtered water is preferred for all water applications, if available.
4:HEAT WATER FOR STEEPING GRAINS by measuring and pouring +5.0 quarts of water into a +2 gallon cooking pot and heating.
-Combine and pour the malted barley grains into the larger of the 2 grain bags provided.
TIP: A loose knot should be tied a few inches above where the grains have collected in the back so the grains may steep freely like tea.
-When water reaches a temperature of (150° – 160°F Degrees) place the grain bag into the water to steep.
TIP: If a thermometer is not available, water should be simmering and a light vapor should be visible coming off the surface of the water.
5: STEEP GRAINS for 30 minutes stirring occasionally with spoon. TIP: This process is also known as Mashing or The Mash.
-After 30 minutes are complete, dispose of the grain bag.
TIP: CAUTION! HOT!Best if done over a garbage can using tongs or forks.
-The liquid remaining in the pot should look like a dark tea and is now called wort.
BOIL, CHILL, TRANSFER, YEAST (Estimated Time: 120 minutes)
6:BOIL WORT by slowly increasing the heat under the cooking pot until the wort reaches a gentle rolling boil, +212° F.
-After a gently boil is achieved, uncap and pour Blue Collar Brewery’s American Ale Brewer’s Wort into the wort.
-Then pour the hops into the second grain bag provided, tie with loose knot and add to the boil.
-Continue to boil for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. TIP: Continue to monitor the pot so the contents do not boil over.
-Before the 60 minutes of boiling are complete, create a cold bath of ice and water in a sink or large bowl.
TIP: 3-5 inches of cold water and ice should suffice. Be careful to not submerge pot or overflow sink.
7:CHILL WORT when boiling is complete by removing pot of boiled wort from heat and transferring pot to rest in cold bath.
-While wort is chilling, remove grain bag of hops from the wort. TIP: CAUTION! HOT!Best if done over a sink using tongs or forks.
-When wort has cooled, between 100°-120° F Degrees, and vapor is no longer visible, remove chilled 1 gallon jug from refrigerator
8:TRANSFER WORT to the 1 gallon jug by placing the jug on a stable surface, remove lid, place funnel in opening, and then pour cooled
wort into funnel. TIP: Transfer is safest when the jug is in a drained dry sink, in case jug falls over or beer is over poured
-If the level of the wort in the fermenter has not reached 2 inches beneath the neck of the bottle, add clean water with a sanitized cup.
9:ADD YEAST once wort has cooled between 80°- 90° F degrees by pouring 5oz of wort into a sanitized glass, add one package of dry ale
yeast, do not stir for five minutes, then stir yeast and wort and pour back into the 1 gallon jug.
TIP: Yeast is very temperature sensitive. It is important that the yeast not be pitched outside of the temperature tolerance or it may not work.
FERMENTATION, CONDITIONING AND SERVE (Estimated Time: 4 Weeks)
10:FERMENTATION begins once the yeast is pitched(added)
-Fill the air lock half way with sanitized water, add cap to air lock, place air lock in stopper and place stopper in opening of 1 gallon jug.
-Find a sunlight free, dark, warm place to store the 1 gallon glass jug, now fermenter, so that temperature on thermal strip maintains
between 59°-71°F degrees. TIP: Use a dish towel to cover from light and prevent overspill from fermentation
-Between 12-36 hours, the air lock will begin bubbling, releasing Carbon Dioxide as the yeast turns the sugars into alcohol.
-After 1 week of fermenting, prepare the 2 64oz PET Growlers for conditioning with sanitizer
11: CONDITIONING begins by transferring contents of the glass fermenter equally into the 64oz Growlers, 1 at a time.
Pour slowly as to not include the sediment in your Growlers. TIP: The sediment (Trub) can change the flavor of the beer if too much is
-Add 2 tablespoons of priming sugar to each Growler, firmly secure each lid then gently shake the growlers a few times each.
-Return to the dark warm place the beer was stored for fermentation for an additional 3 weeks.
-Continue to monitor as contents are under pressure. Growlers may begin to swell in appearance showing pressure.
-After 3 weeks have passed, remove Growlers from conditioning space and place in a refrigerator 2 days to finish conditioning.
-After 2 days have passed, open 1 Growler carefully over a sink with the cap pointed away from yourself
12:SERVE in a pint glass or mug to appreciate the full color, flavor and aroma of your new beer. CHEERS!
TIP: Best if consumed within 2 days or removing lid. Unless filtered, may contain some sediment from yeast and grains. All great beers do.
-After each use in brewing, fermentation or conditioning, clean all equipment using sanitizer solution.
-Use bristle bottle brush to thoroughly clean the inside of the fermenter and growlers.
-Beer is a very complicated beverage and any germs or bacteria that comes in contact with the beer can ruin the beer and make you ill.
-NEVER USE SOAP as soap leaves a residue which will effect the taste of beer.
HELP US MAKE BETTER BEER!
-Many of the tips provided in this guide and instructions came from our consumers.
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PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY
-The final consumable product of the equipment, ingredients and recipe provided is for the consumption of adults 21 Years of Age or older.
-Please Drink Responsibly and at Your Own Risk!
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