Friday, February 15, 2019

Am I a Better Craft Brewer or Homebrewer?

We're doing pretty well at Sapwood Cellars so far. Our most recent batch of Snip Snap (Citra-Galaxy DIPA) only lasted 2.5 days on draft, about 200 gallons drained by the pour and growler fill. Ratings on Untappd were stellar. Is this how good Scott and I were at homebrewing or is our new 10 bbl brewhouse and temperature controlled fermentors making our beer better than it was?

I shot video of the big batch of Snip Snap and brewed a small batch at the brewery with my old pots and fermentor. We tried to keep them as identical as possible, using malt/hops/yeast from the same bags for both batches. I sampled both beers blind, and we served them to 49 customers in the tasting room to see which they preferred for this Video!



6 comments:

Michaƫl said...

What a splendid video! Thanks so much Mike, that was really informative and fun to watch. Quick question: did you check that the mash temperature was maintained in roughly the same way on both batches? —and by the way, how do you maintain the temperature on the smaller kit?

Cheers!
M.

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

With the smaller volume there was inherently less consistency with the small batch (I put the flame on low if it drops while recirculating). That said, mashing in takes so long on the big batch that there is variability until all the grain/water is in. Luckily the two beers were both within .001 of both OG and FG.

Grey Ghost said...

Great video.

Logan said...

That was awesome, thanks for making that happen. Strap down that O2 tank man! Seen some horror stories, they fall over and just happen to shear off the top valve, forget it. Really enjoyed the video, long time fan.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

Always such a bummer when content is only available as a video. I need to be able to skim...

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

There's content that works better for each media. This made more sense as a video. The short of it is that brewing with the same ingredients/recipe on my old homebrewing setup and the 10 bbl brewhouse yielded roughly similar results. The biggest differences were just that we didn't do a great job carbonating the small batch and didn't allow enough time for the hop burn to settle out.