- On Friday I cleaned and sanitized 2 kegs, kegged my Patersbier, harvested the yeast from the Patersbier for a tripel I'll brew sometime, and built a 50 foot immersion chiller for less than 50 bucks. Copper has gotten really cheap!
- I spent Saturday and Sunday putting up the new hop towers, transplanting my Cascade, Centennial, and Zeus, and planting my new Saaz and Horizon rhizomes. I used PVC for the towers, one tower per plant. I sank a 5 foot section of 2 inch PVC into the ground, then put a 10 foot 1.5 inch pipe inside the 2 incher. That gave me 7 feet above ground, so I added another 5 feet to get a total of 12. Not super high, but good enough. It does sway a little, but hopefully they'll stay standing in the wind. I went with the individual towers because I thought this would be the easiest way to keep the different varieties separate.
- On Monday morning I brewed my first 10 gallon batch, an APA. Getting 12 gallons of wort to boil didn't take as long as anticipated, and I chilled to 52 in 25 minutes with my new ugly chiller (a little too cold!), but siphoning was a pain. My burner stand isn't high enough to get a good siphon going so the large amount of pellet and whole hops kept stopping the siphon. I'm going to get some concrete blocks to elevate my rig a little for next time. I'm also looking into installing a ball valve, pickup tube, and thermometer. Ten gallons took me about 4 and a half hours from dragging out my gear to putting everything away, but the siphoning and racking to primary took a half hour!