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AG#4 – Black Sheep Ale

Posted on: August 15, 2009

AG#4 – Black Sheep Ale
I wasn’t going to brew today, I was meant to be taking a garage roof off but feeling a bit crappy and its raining anyway… Sooo!!!

Recipe to 23L from the Graham Wheeler book πŸ™‚

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.046
Final Gravity: 1.011
Bitterness: 40 EBU
Colour: 27 EBC
I’m going to split the wort between 2 FVs and pitch Nottingham or US-05 to one and Pitch a litre of my large WhiteLabs Burton Ale yeast starter to the other.

The Grain Bill with 5g of Chalk and 5g of Gypsum
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Mashed in @ temp
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Mashed in pH looking pretty good
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Hops Weighed out, 5g gypsum and 1 protafloc tablet πŸ˜‰
img*I’d better not post the picture of the hops as it gives the hop schedule away, it being from the GW book!/img
Mash finishing temp, the first run of the Coolbox tun went very well πŸ™‚
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The Clearest wort I have produced so far, the depth and size of grain-bed definitely has an effect on this, this is after using my mini 15L bucket tun and getting cloudy wort.
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FWH and 5g Gypsum
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Warming up with the first Batch Sparge
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Coming to a nice rolling boil
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My Mash tun performed admirably, good clear flow no signs of sticking πŸ˜‰
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10 min hops going in, chiller already in sanitising
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Cold Break
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The Clearest wort ever going into the FV πŸ™‚
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OG, right about where it should be πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 1046/1024 @ 23.5 Deg C
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Left overs
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A fairly laid back brewday, started a bit confused with water treatments but got going after that πŸ™‚

The Burton Yeast Starter was smelling good and sulphurous so I’ve high hopes for the batch that had that pitched, the US-05 will be the hoppy control batch:)
Might be able to do a bit of a teste test with the real thing as we’re going to the brewery soon πŸ™‚
**Little FV update ;)

The Whitelabs Burton Ale Yeast:
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The Safale US-05 Yeast:
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Bit of a difference, then Burton is all froth and the US-05 is sticky slime :)

***Bottled 26th August ’09

Dry hopping both FV’s, double the amount of hops in the Burton Ale yeast FV in comparrison to the US-05 FV. (about 6g in the Burton)

Tastes from both FV couldn’t be more different, the US-05 is bitter and astringent with loads of hop flavours…
Whereas the Burton Ale Yeast has a rounded drinkable feel to it…
Interesting stuff πŸ™‚

Primed with 60g of Household sugar and a teaspoon of slurry mixed in well.
Sanitised with Starsan again, again rinsing half the bottles with the other half drip dry only.

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