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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
Mashed in @ temp
Mashed in pH looking pretty good
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™‚
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.
FWH and 5g Gypsum
Warming up with the first Batch Sparge
Coming to a nice rolling boil
My Mash tun performed admirably, good clear flow no signs of sticking πŸ˜‰
10 min hops going in, chiller already in sanitising
Cold Break
The Clearest wort ever going into the FV πŸ™‚
OG, right about where it should be πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 1046/1024 @ 23.5 Deg C
Left overs

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:

The Safale US-05 Yeast:

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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