Monthly Archives: February 2015

Brewing Batch 39 in Los Angeles

I’m back in Los Angeles, which means I can brew on Bushido Brewery’s equipment again!


I waste no time getting this started. After flying into LA on Sunday morning I put together the recipe for Bushi prototype-03, then head to the brew store to purchase ingredients. After that, the brewing equipment is unpacked from storage. Brew day is be tomorrow (Monday) morning.


Changing the recipe on the fly at the brew store.


I wake up to get started early in the morning only to find out that neither of my propane tanks are usable. One is empty and the valve on the other won’t open. I was silly and didn’t think to check this in advance, because these tanks have been in storage for a year. So I’m not surprised that there are problems.

Anyway, it’s off to Home Depot to acquire a replacement for the unusable tank.


The valve on the tank that has gas won’t open. The other tank is empty.

New tank acquired, I’m getting started significantly later in the day than I would like, but no matter, this beer is going to be brewed.


After being stored in the attic for a year the containers and brewing vessels need a good cleaning.

Everything is just how I remember it, and brew day completes without any major issues.


It’s great to be brewing in my own brewery again!

Since I started late in the afternoon this brew day goes well into the evening.


This brewhouse is in need of some calibration. I’ve drastically underestimated the boil off rate of my kettle, and as a result the batch volume is lower and my target of five gallons. The OG is also lower than my target, which leads me to believe that the efficiency of my mash is incorrect. Finally, the brewery is setup on a slope, which means that the fluid volume measurements I take from the HLT and kettle sight glasses are off, but I’m not sure by how much. I’m going to attempt to correct these issues next time.

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