posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 08:36 PM
We did the extract not all grain this time. I reserved about a gallon of water to flush the grains bag.
The sparge was so full of emulsified chocolate powder that it took a long while to empty the bag.
As for the cherry extract, we had it in hand and the store owner was dissatisfied with the finishing taste of the extract and recommended the cherry
puree. The puree was another factor in the sparge bag emptying marathon.
ehh live and learn. I always encourage people to try different styles and techniques in brewing. The guy I'm teaching now is getting there and he
grasps the concept of the process, hell his first batch was an all grain petit saison. That one we really should have waited on, it was a bit
overwhelming for him, but we did ok.
The estimated final alc. was projected at 5.5% so I figure we came close, but given the variables present, it was a hard guess. This is why I
stressed to him the importance of keeping notes.