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Farmhouse Rye Noir – Time for something a bit more funky after my last two brews, a Rye Black IPA with the NBS/Belle Saison yeast. I’m doing a 90min mash at 65c and will dry hop with 100g Galaxy pellets for a few days once finished fermenting. This recipe also uses up some bags of Special B, Extra Dark Crystal & CaraMunich III.
I’ve reduced the IBUs as I’m lead to believe this yeast can finish as low as 1002, thanks to @Kempicus & @ColinStronge, @MelissaCole & @100yojimbo. I also upped the Galaxy from 50g to 100g, with the warm/hot ferment I dare say a few volatiles will be gassed off.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 74.8%
Rye Malt – 14.4%
Special B – 5.6%
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) – 2.2%
Crystal Malt, ExtraDark – 1.5%
Cara Munich III (Weyermann) – 1.5%

Hops:
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 10 mins – 50g
Galaxy Whole – 15.0 % @ 0 mins – 100g
Galaxy Pellet – 12.5 % @ 0 mins – 100g (Dry Hop in FV)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 44 EBU (16EBU ignoring the 10mins Topaz)
Colour: 125 EBC
Mash: 65c for 90mins

The Mash:
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Recirculating the first runnings:
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Second sparge running in:
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The Topaz hops and a protafloc tablet, the Topaz smell rather fuggley:
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The dry Saison yeast being rehydrated in boiled and cooled water:
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The copper draining to the FV:
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The wort had a good look to it as the break material settled with a nice sheen of hop oil from the Galaxy, fingers crossed the beer will be a good one too.

*28th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1016.5 and temp at 25°c, in the fridge now set to warm to 28°c.

*29th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1007 @30°c it looks to have finished fermenting, I have added 100g of Galaxy pellets and will give it a rouse tomorrow.

*5th Sep ’13 – I was supposed to bottle this today, oh well… its tasting better now :)

*Bottled 7th Sep ’13 – with 122g white sugar

*25th Sep ’13 – Tasting this again, the sort of nuttiness that it had has gone and it tastes alright, I can’t distinguish any one part but its crisp and pretty light & refreshing.

*BTW…. This turned out to be 7.2% ABV ;) Having a bottle now, its mostly yeast character and the dry hopping feels to have been a bit wasted, not that I’m too bothered as it drinks well.

Brown and Sticky – brewing again today because I want to test out my new Mesh-Hop-Stopper after yesterday’s fiasco with my US-Brown Ale, so today I’m doing another American Brown and throwing a shed load of Columbus at it again and a further shed load of pellet hops just to try and screw it up. This could lead to another crappy end to an otherwise good brewday, we shall see… fingers crossed!

I’m worried that the stainless mesh resting on the base of the Gas-fired copper is going to have a damping effect on the rolling action of the boil, it certainly does when tested with boiling water, so this brew is also to see if it kills the roll with wort too.

Seeing as this is a very impromptu brewday I might even throw in 2 packs Safelager W-34/70 and make it a Steam Beer, so instead of being called ‘Brown & Sticky’ it would be ‘Steaming Brown & Sticky’ ;) I quite like the latter naming option ;)  Its obviously going to be a cross-over style American Brown vs Steam Beer.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 74%
Flaked Barley – 10%
Caramalt – 9%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 3%
Chocolate Malt – 2%
Chocolate Wheat Malt – 1%
Chocolate Malt, Pale – 1%

Hops:
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 60 mins – 10g (First Wort Hop)
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 30 mins – 25g
Chinook Pellet – 12.9 % @ 0 mins – 20g
Cascade Pellet – 5.9 % @ 0 mins – 20g
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 0 mins – 80g
Rakau (Organic) Pellet – 11.5 % @ 0 mins – 89g (all Late hops will have a 20-30min steep)

Dry Hops:
Maybe…

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.045
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.3% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % (reduced as I only just hit 75% yesterday)
Bitterness: 47 EBU (25% Utilisation)
Colour: 75 EBC

Malt & Temp:
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Lots of Pellet hops:
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New mesh Hop-Stopper with first wort hops:
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First batch spargings running onto the new Hop-stopper and First Wort Columbus hops:
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Its an altered boil alright, it rumbles around to its self and splatters occasionally, seems active enough:
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In go 80g of Whole Columbus and 129g of Pellet hops:
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OG: 1043/44, Refractometer said I was right on the money at 1045:
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Torch held at the back of the trial jar, wort was nice and clear in comparrison to some of the wort I’ve had lately:
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Loads of sludge in the copper, the new Mesh Hop-Stopper worked a treat and drained right down with the syphon effect sucking loads of wort out of the pellet sludge:
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Maybe not the nicest looking soldering but it blooming well worked:
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The Mash was on at 12:25 and I was all cleaned up by about 17:00, it all went rather smoothly.  Maybe its time to start using my Plate Chiller as leedsbrew suggested! 2 packs of Saflager W34/70 Yeast pitched at 19-20c I’ll leave it on the cold garage floor to cool down overnight and let it go from there.

*24th Mar ’12 – FG 1011-12 put in fridge to warm up a little for a, probably un-needed, diacetyl rest. No dry hopping this tastes fantastic and clean as it is with a nice bit of bitterness coming through, I may actually transfer to a secondary FV and Lager this for a while (must ask a few Lagering questions on JBK).

*7th Apr ’12 – Bottled with 75g of White Sugar, tasting rather nice it has so far exceeded my expectations :) I never bothered with any Dry hopping, I’ll be looking forward to this once its Carbonated up.

Mr Brown Hawk- A Columbus Hopped American Brown Ale (Brown IPA!) My first American brown, all Columbus hopping with a substantial Dry Hop in the FV with a bit of vague reference from the ‘Brewing Classic Styles’ book, the recipes in there use a heck of a lot of Crystal so I’ve sort of gone for the middle-ground as i don’t think a 6.3% beer needs all that. I’m using liquor treatment for ‘Sweet Pale Ale’ which will hopefully bring out the maltiness.

I started and realised I didn’t have enough Pale malt so some of it is sub’d with Vienna & Lager malts, I’ll give it at least a 90min mash to try compensate for a: crap Bairds Pale & Lager, b: the less convertibility of Vienna malt.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 36.2%
Vienna Malt – 17.2%
Wheat Malt – 17%
Lager Malt – 16.6%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 5%
Caramalt – 3%
Chocolate Malt, Pale – 3%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 1%
Chocolate Malt – 1%

Hops:
Columbus (Tomahawk) – 16.5 % @ 60 mins – 25g (FWH)
Columbus (Tomahawk) – 16.5 % @ 10 mins – 29g
Columbus (Tomahawk) – 16.5 % @ 0 mins – 41g
Columbus (Tomahawk) – Dry Hop 84g

Final Volume: 20 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.017
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Total Liquor: 30.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 14 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 % (actually got 75.8%)
Bitterness: 66 EBU (BeerEngine Hop Utilisation set to 25%)
Colour: 76 EBC
Mash: 90mins @66c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05 (2 packs)

The usual malts shot:
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Checking for starch to see if fully converted, other than bits in the husks it was good after 2 hours:
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First Wort Hops:
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Flame-out hops steeped for about 20mins:
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1057-ish, should have been 1065:
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It was a total pain, running off to the FV it clogged up really quickly and I had to resort to a jug and a sieve, these Columbus hops have some fine particles! Pitched 2 packs of us-05 even though I didn’t hit my gravity 1058 vs 1065, the quicker the yeast gets going the better after all that sieve and jug malarkey!  It looks as though I got about the right volume in the fermenter even if some of it looks rather murky from break material and some hop debris. Another reminder that I should make a big mesh hop-stopper!
So… presuming I’ve not infected it with a shed load of extracurricular home brewing activity, I’ll be giving this a nice big dry hop once its got to FG.

*17th Mar ’12 – after reaching FG 1012 and being chilled in 2 stages (17c for 24hours then 11c for 24 hours) I had a 50mm thick layer of hop debris, trub and yeast at the bottom of the FV, I’ve racked the clear beer off the top into a 15L bucket and dry hopped with 84g Columbus, I gave the bucket a blast of co2 prior to racking onto the hops. This has been put back in the FV Fridge and I’m cooling to 5c, I’ll give the hops a stir in later on.

*Bottled 24th Mar ’12 with 30g sugar to 15 Litres of beer, this should be around 2 volumes of co2 @ 5°c tastes very Dry-Hopped, quite possibly too much flavour and Lovely colour.

*29th Mar ’12 – Very Early taster bottle ;)
A little under carbonated, its a Juicy fruit bomb maybe too too fruity as I’d actually like to taste some of the Choc malts underneath the hop flavour. Tiny bit of sweet alcohol on the nose, I’m surprised the dry-hop character seems to have mellowed out quite soon though this is my first time with a singled hopped Columbus beer. I’m thinking I should have reserved myself more than half a kilo from the 5kgs I had, I think I could have given it a bit more bitterness which would off-set the fruitiness a little.

*5th Apr ’12 – Just having a glass of this…  even though its carb’d pretty low, if i splash it into the glass it gives a lovely head that  clings down the glass and the carbonation actually fits pretty well with the beer.
Fruitiness is settling back, bitterness is starting to come through, tasty beer…. I’m happy with this :)

Northdown IPA – hopefully this will be a well bittered beer, I’m going easy on the late hops as I want the flavour to be balanced with the bitterness, the dry hopping will hopefully add some lighter flavour and aroma too.
My 69th All Grain brewday, ‘nudge nudge, wink wink’….
This brew is part of my research into brewing a good English IPA for the forthcoming NCB meeting / Competition at Saltaire Brewery in March next year, I may or may not enter the competition but either way I’ll be brewing for charity for the bar.
The Malt bill is a little off piste as I’m using Lager Malt as the base with some Munich to add back some maltiness to create a Faux-Pale-Malt with a touch of Dark Crystal for colour. I’ve currently got more Lager Malt, hence the reason for using it over Pale Malt.
It seems I have a mouse in the garage who has been nibbling the corner of my malt sack so its now been sealed up safely away from it in my usual blue HDPE bins.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 4620g – 75%
Munich Malt – 920g – 15%
Wheat Malt – 490g – 8%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 120g – 2%

Hops:
First Gold – 7.9 % @ 60 mins – 55g (FWH)
First Gold – 7.9 % @ 30 mins – 55g
Northdown – 7.5 % @ 15 mins – 20g
Northdown – 7.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (20-30min steep)

Dry Hops:
Northdown – 50g after initial fermentation has settled down and the beer is being cooled to 17°c

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 6% ABV
Total Liquor: 34.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 14.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 83 EBU
Colour: 26 EBC

I’m not taking any photos today, they are bound to look identical to a lot of other brewdays.

Post brew:
I mashed for 60 minutes at 66°c, sparge liquor at 77°c with 2 batches each time recirculating between 4-6 litres to attain a nice clear wort flow into the copper. Apparently I got 72% Mash efficiency, Bairds malt seems to be getting consistently worse at work so it follows that it will at home too (Maybe when I’ve got some spare cash I’ll buy a sack from another Maltster).
Boiled for 60 minutes with hop charges as First Wort, 30mins, 15mins and Flameout steep hops for 28mins.
Cooled to 20°c and let stand for 20 minutes for the hops and trub to settle before recirculating about 1 litre to get a nice clear wort. Wort looking a good  fairly deep colour.
Actually got about 1058 so probably missed out on the 6% mark slightly depending on how the yeast ferments out.
Pitched Safale US-05.

OK, just a couple of photos of the FV in the Fermentation fridge:
AG#69 - Northdown IPA
Temperature sensor taped on with a piece of insulating foam:
AG#69 - Northdown IPA
I’ve set the fridge to 20°c and will raise it 1 degree each day to no higher than 23°c

*9th Dec ’11 Dry Hopped with 49g Northdown, OG 1014-1016-ish, this should give me a good idea what the hop is like dry :)

*13th Dec ’11 – Northdown Dry hopping is currently tasting rather bland, I may well add a similar amount of First Gold.

*14th Dec ’11 – More dry hopping done, First Gold 49g + East Kent Goldings 46g

*Bottled 24th Dec ’11 with 70g White Sugar – and having a bit of a taste…
Its not bad, the dry hopping has worked and although not as in-yer-face as US/NZ hops its still very present, it has the grassy notes that a German Dry-hopped beer would have and I know will settle down in a couple of weeks.
I’m sure the Northdown didn’t contribute much to the dry hopping so its the First Gold and EKGs that have added the mouth-coating hoppiness. This might be a good beer, which has surprised me after the initial Northdown hopping.
Note to self: Pellet dry hops would probably add to the intensity (Skim yeast and dry hop bit by bit for a week while cooled?).

*4th Jan ’12 – Taster bottle, carbonation is right, Bitterness is nice and smooth, flavour & aroma remind me of Bobek / Styrian and what-dry-sawdust might taste like, I’m bot a huge Bobek fan, not my best effort. For the amount of dry hops I had thrown at this I would have expected much more intensity, some grassiness is just there, alcohol is fairly noticable in the finish, it gets better as you go down the glass and your taste buds realign, I’m going to need an expert second opinion on this… who knows it might improve with a couple more weeks or a month.

*31st Mar ’12 – This just took 3rd place in the Northern Craft Brewers / Saltaire Brewery English IPA competition.
We had a busy but brilliant day of running the bar and tasting some excellent home-brewed beer both from Cask on the bar and bottle tastings. It was great to see some familiar faces and lots of new faces from Twitter & the home brewing forums. We had almost 40 entries to the English IPA competition and it took the beer judges a great deal of deliberation to pick the top three and further Highly Commended beers.

*12th Jun ’12 – This is ‘Smooth as’ and chilled from the fridge is really hitting the mark, I dare say I’ll brew a big English IPA again, with even more dry Hops ;)

London Porterish II – Maybe to be re-named, my first brew for the www.gbhomebrew.co.uk competition. The brew is based on my last London Porter which was based on the Fullers London Porter, the Fullers is a lovely beer.

Malts:
Pale Malt – 70%
Brown Malt – 15%
Crystal Malt – 8%
Chocolate Malt – 5%
Extra Dark Crystal Malt – 2%

Hops:
Goldings – 11EBU @60mins
Challenger – 17EBU @ 60mins
Goldings – 11g @ 0mins
Challenger – 30g @ 0mins

OG 1060
Predicted FG 1016
ABV 5.7%
EBU 29
EBC
Yeast Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment to Porter profile in the GW Calc less the common Salt

I had a Brew Monkey today, Dave, BroadfordBrewer from THBF… he took a few phone pictures throughout the day… Thanks
We had a few beers, brewed a little, ate some food, and had a few more beers, a jolly good natter along the way made for an enjoyable day :)
Hit our OG near as damn it, couple of litres down on volume tough, Mash efficiency a rather poxy 70%.
I’m hoping to better my last London Porter with more Maltiness and a slightly more assertive hop flavour presence.

Malts, Temp and Liquor treatment:
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Mash temp of 66c aimed for and achieved:
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Doughing in:
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Weighing a few hops:
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First Runnings:
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Spooning the copper:
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Preparing to run to the fermenter:
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1060 (2 divisions in the meniscus):
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*Bottled 18th Sep ’11 with 65g of Sugar, tasting very good.

*4th Dec ’11 – After initially tasting bloody gorgeous about a week after bottling it tailed off a bit, but now after a good bit of maturation in bottle is is bloody gorgeous again :) Very happy, a pretty perfect winter tipple :)

C.N.S Hops² – For today’s brew I had the company of Gordon from Elland Brewery, we’d sorted our recipe idea via email using an interesting selection of Cara-Crystal style malts for a ‘hopefully’ multi-layered maltiness with a host of New-world hops. The Bittering addition was to be Pacific Gem & Magnum with the Citra, Nelson Sauvin & Simcoe as a 80c Steep… though… Just a slight hiccup, and subsequent name change, not a major problem just a bit more bitterness than planned :) I managed to throw in the 80c steep hops as First Wort Hops!! (Doh!)
So the beer has been rationalised with its hop varieties now and about 30 EBU’s higher than the original idea.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 78%
Vienna Malt – 10%
Cara Red – 4%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 4%
Cara Munich Type III – 4%

Hops:
Citra – 9.5 % @ 60 mins – 30g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin – 11.3 % @ 60 mins – 40g (FWH)
Simcoe – 12.9 % @ 60 mins – 20g (FWH)
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 25g (80c Steep for 30 mins)
Nelson Sauvin 11.7 % @ 0 mins – 41g (80c Steep for 30 mins)
Simcoe – 12.2 % @ 0 mins – 20g (80c Steep for 30 mins)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.057 (actually missed this, and got maybe 1050-ish)
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 94 EBU
Colour: 55 EBC

The rest of the day was myself & Gordon chatting about brewing and beer, tasting a few of my homebrews and a few commercial beers. Thanks go to my brew-monkey for the name change from P.M.C.N.S to C.N.S Hops²  (Hops Squared).

Some of the Hops being weighed out:
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²
The regular Mash Tun in the 3-Tier Setup:
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²
First Wort hops should have been Pacific Gem & Magnum (oops!):
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²
Good rolling boil with the chiller in to sterilise:
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²
Think I may have over-sparged a litre or so due to being too busy nattering:
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²
Hop Left-overs and Trub, now going into my new Compost Bin:
AG#56 - C.N.S Hops²

A good day, fairly simple recipe, fairly simple brewers! Good to see you again Gordon.
Probably not going to dry hop, though I may do a small trial with some Styrian Hop oil from The Malt Miller cheers for the freebie, dry hopping with drops… weird!! Cheers Rob.

*Bottled 12th Jun ’11 with 75g of White sugar

*17th Jun ’11 Early taster!!
This is a week-ish in the bottle so far, so a very early taster. Dropped bright and is a lovely amber-red colour.
It has a very full on juicy fruit aroma followed by a good fruitiness in the mouth and a smooth teeth sucking / coating bitterness, maybe just a tiny hint of alcohol warmth.
The flavour is one that lingers on the pallet, bitterness is quite balanced and the body good.
I think you get a bit of malt on the nose too.

Aroma = Spot on.
Flavour = Just a bit green, one more week and it will be getting good.
Bitterness/Body = balanced, maybe it will dry out as it matures.

*26th June ’11
This tastes bloody good now!! Very nice.. Mmmmm Bitterness just where it should be, nice body and fruity and feck Mmmm!

C.C.A.N – Todays little hop-bomb. This actually started out as being an all Chinook idea as I’ve not done a single hop Chinook yet. I think this will be better though bittering comes from 2 additions of Chinook then a big Aroma Steep of Chinook, Citra, Amarillo & Nelson Sauvin.
This is also my National Homebrew Day (a day late ‘cos I had to work n stuff)

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 84%
Wheat Malt – 10%
Caramalt – 4%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 2%

Copper Hops:
Chinook – 12.7 % @ 60 mins – 27g (First Wort Hop)
Chinook – 12.7 % @ 30 mins – 27g
Chinook – 12.7 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c Steep 30mins)
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 34g (80c Steep 30mins)
Amarillo – 9.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c Steep 30mins)
Nelson Sauvin – 11.7 % @ 0 mins – 34g (80c Steep 30mins)

Dry Hops:
Motueka: 28g (pellets, what I had left)
Amarillo: 30g
Chinook: 18g (what was left in the packet)
Citra: 10g (just a touch of Citra, I wasn’t impressed with them dry)
Nelson Sauvin: 30g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.2 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 60 EBU
Colour: 23 EBC
Liquor: Burton Pale Ale profile in GW Calc (should help accentuate the hops and the bitterness)
Mash: 67c for 60mins
Sparge Liquor: 76c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05

Malt Temp, with Liquor treatments added to the malts before mashing:
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A collection of hops from ThriftyShopper, BarleyBotton, GrimsbyHomebrew and WorcesterHopsShop, Motueka dry hops are from CraftBrewer in Australia:
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Some weighed out hops etc:
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Late 80c Steep hops in for 30min soak:
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Brewsheet notes and Yeast:
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Suppose to be 1051, near enough eh:
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Bit of a cock up, I was recycling my cooling water back to my HLT, watching a mark on my sight glass rather than the water level, showered water all over and wet a socket (eek!) Hopefully no damage done. Other than that a fairly lazy brewday, rehydrated my yeast for the first time in ages (reminded or guilted into it by others on Twitter, I should be nice to my yeast more often rather than the usual Dry Sprinkle on the wort).

*13th May ’11 Dry Hopped with 116g of Hops ;)
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*Bottled 21st May ’11 with 75g White Sugar primings, I filled 20x 500ml bottles and 1x 330ml, there must have been a good litre or so soaked into the Dry hops.

*Taster 28th May ’11 – Mmmmm Dry Hopped lovliness. Tasting this good this early probably means that in a couple of weeks it will be amazing :)

*Reviewed 20th Aug ’11 at www.davelozman.co.uk/beer/ag-54/ Dave had the oldest and very last bottle of this Hoppy brew, many thanks for the kind review.


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