Who doesn't love leftovers? I didn't get a chance to purchase any new grains before the holiday break, but I did have some ingredients around from the last couple of batches. Leftovers. So, after gathering all my leftover beer making and Thanksgiving dinner ingredients I heated up some delicious leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, turnkey, and gravy and commenced another brew. The recipe turned out alright - something that should resemble an IPA. I'm calling it my LeftoverIPA. Alcohol content should be north of 6.0, so I'm happy. I got 4.5 gallons into the fermenter, so I was a little off there - would have loved to get 5.5 gallons..
I decided to use a stainless steel pad to act as a filter. It worked great. For a little bit. The first one clogged pretty quick. I was able to change it out smoothly though, and kept going. I had never seen wort that clear! Then I started getting tired standing there, and the wort started draining slower - and then, bingo, I'm sucking up all sorts of 'trub' (the 'sludge', pronounced 'troob'). It was good while it lasted. I'll work on it for next time. I was impressed with the possibilities.
I drank some Dogfish 60 minute IPA during the mash - I always like to try and drink the type of beer I am brewing when I am brewing it, it's good mojo.. Then I moved on to a Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale, during the boil. These beers, coincidentally, were also leftovers from the Thanksgiving celebretaion at my house. All good mojo. All bringiing it together to what should be a great LeftoverIPA.
sidenote: the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale is fantastic. Apparently it is the "12th Release" - but this is the first I ever heard of it, thanks to Lumbeer John (and JD, for bringing it to the feast)!