#BrewDay a continuously Hopped co-brew with @skylarkbrew

Today has been an enjoyable Brewday, a Very enjoyable brew day with Peter aka @bubblingbuckets or more lately @skylarkbrew 

@bubblingbuckets ready to Go !
@bubblingbuckets ready to Go !

Peter had an idea to do a continuously hopped brew much like the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA So after a brief discussion we settled on Cascade, Citra and Columbus hops and a minimal malt bill of just Maris Otter Pale and torrified wheat. Wednesday afternoon saw me getting the starter underway using White Labs California Ale yeast WLP001. We had to have a huge 3.8 L starter, It’s the first time I produced a batch bigger than 5 Gallons and this in itself caused a minor hiccup, the round bottom of the demijohn meant the Flea wouldn’t work ! So once the final volume was achieved I split it, As you can see By Friday evening the Stir plate one got a bit Lively !

Trying to escape....
Trying to escape….

Saturday, Bright and early, BrewDay..HLT on a a timer ready to Rock and Roll, We weighed out the grist got the Liquor into the mash tun and started to dough in. We had anticipated a small problem the mash tun was going to be 1.6L too Small, but this was a bigger problem the 45L igloo can’t be utilised to it’s full capacity, so in a stroke of Genius we decided to use the slow cooker for an extra mini mash…

Mini mash
Slowcooker Genius
Porridge any one ?
Porridge any one ?

Feeling Quite pleased with ourselves we were quickly brought down to earth with a bump ! When we got back to the Shedquaters I noticed the HLT wasn’t maintaining Temperature for the recirculating Mash ! Disaster the Element had gone.! Water was quickly transferred to the Boiler and the gas lit.! back to recirculating but the mash had dropped to 63˚c so a climb back up to 68.5˚c caused a delay.. and then another delay whilst we rose it to 75˚c for mash out. We did a hybrid batch and Fly sparge and then it was time for the experiment, A continuous hopping ! No not bouncing around the shedquarters on one Leg !

Fullest it's ever been !
Fullest it’s ever been !

13 Hop additions  — 7 minutes 30 Seconds apart

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A small marathon keeping count… and finally time to Chill…

Chilling out into the new 60L FV
Chilling out into the new 60L FV

and add that Starter…

Adding the starter after a Shake !
Adding the starter after a bit a Shake

OG after all the Messing was better than expected ! 

1.069 we settled for..
1.069 we settled for..

After the big clean up and a cuppa I even had time to replace the element in the HLT…

busted !
busted !
Working again !
Working again !

What a Day  Cheers Pete,

we are Both looking forward to drinking it after the dry hopping, this will be another 1st for me using Pellets…