Yesterday I brewed a strong stock ale for Christmas. It was a pretty big grain bill so I added an additional 5 gallons of hot water to run through the mash for a 'small' beer (OG 1.050). I also added some hops and a few pounds of pils to the mash and then drained into a kettle with some additional hops. I didn't boil and just let the wort slowly cool while open to the air while I finished brewing the stock ale and cleaned every thing up. I then put the kettle in the garage with a lid to let it fully finish cooling overnight. I racked it into a carboy today. Hopefully we'll see signs of fermentation in the next week or so.
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