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Its a two Batch day, I’m doing 12 litres a piece and actually taking my time over it. I decided to Mash then Sparge and collect, then Mash then Sparge and collect followed by 2 boils.

AG#13 – Bloody Nelson

Fermentables:
Golden Promise 2090g
Wheat Malt 260g
German Cara Red 260g

Hops:
Nelson Sauvin 60 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin 15 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g
Nelson Sauvin 0 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 20g (I’ve doubled this from 10g as the hops were smelling good)

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 34 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

The Grains, golden promise pale malt, wheat malt, carared malt, 1 tsp gypsum:
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New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 67.7c:
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FWH & 1 Tsp Gypsum:
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Floaters:
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12g of Nottingham Yeast:
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20min steep of flame Out hops:
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Rehydrated Notts yeast within 1 degree of my wort temp:
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All put to bed now, lots of yeast for the 12L length, should get going pretty quick.
I’m not too sure if the CaraRed Malt has done its stuff, looked a bit straw-like in the boiler, will see better at bottling.
Near as damn it hit my OG just a point or two out. 🙂

AG#14 – Black Promise

Fermentables:
Golden Promise 1880g
Wheat Malt 260g
Black Malt 100g
Crystal Malt 100g

Hops:
Northdown 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Fuggle 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 20 mins 20g
Home Grown Fuggle 10 mins 21g

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 5.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 36 EBU
Colour: 86 EBC

Grain weighed out, golden promise pale malt, black malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, 1 tsp gypsum, 1/2 tsp Calcium Chloride:
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New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 66c:
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Good deep colour, though tastes a bit mild I was hoping for more of the Black malt flavours:
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FWH:
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WGV going in!:
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Home grown Fuggles going in:
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Near enough for me:
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All done, I just hope the Black malt comes through with the flavour as well as the colour. 🙂

**Bottled Bloody Nelson 27th Nov ’09 with 50g of DSM

**Black Promise *Bottled 3rd Dec ’09 with 55g of DSM

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Weights & Measures – A bit of a user-upper to get rid of a few bags of bits, now I’ve tried a few grains out its time to concentrate on a more general range.

 

Fermentables:
Lager Malt 1600g
Golden Promise 1400g
Rye Malt 490g
Caramalt 250g
Torrefied Wheat 245g
Vienna Malt 215g
Amber Malt 80g
Chocolate Malt, Pale 40g

Hops:
Fuggles 60 mins 75g
Bramling Cross 15 mins 28g
Saaz Whole 0 mins 17g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.041
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.6 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 43 EBU
Colour: 17 EBC

The Grist and 5g Gypsum:
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I’m trying to guide my time with a Google Calender Timetable:
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Mashed in 1 degree lower than I wanted, Grain was 16c, Strike should have been 75c… I lost a degree somewhere, so if anyones seen one its mine:
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Calibrated Boiler = No more Jugging my liquor into the Tun (Even though I did this time just to check my scale):
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Tucked up for 90mins:
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Lots of Lovely Fuggles:
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FWH in with 1st batch of Sparged wort:
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Mash Paddle and floaters:
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Hot Break, the 38L stock pot has just the right amount of head space for it to boil pretty much without watching it:
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Bramling Cross Hops going in @ 15mins:
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Saaz Hops going in at 0mins for 10min steep:
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Just a point or two high, 1042/44:
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Dry Sprinkled Nottingham Yeast:
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Not a bad brewday, the wort tastes good enough to drink as it is 🙂

**Bottled 17th Nov ’09

Today I helped make award winning real ale at the ‘Old Spot Brewery’ in Cullingworth near Keighley.
They have recently Won the Leicester Beer Festival with a Gold for Spot O’ Bother which was also a 1st in the Porter/Stout category.
Please check their beers out when you see them :)
http://www.oldspotbrewery.co.uk

The brew is a pretty hoppy and mainly pale malt with some wheat, name yet to be decided.
Chris has a relaxed attitude to brewing and there’s nothing complex in his brewing process, knowing his process and customers tastes gives him plenty of room to experiment within his brewing experience in creating new ales.

Here’s a Few snaps from today:
The Brewery, Mashtun in front, Boiler back left and HLT’s at the right:
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The 2 elements inside the boiler:
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FV’s:
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FV’s being cleaned and sterilised:
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Sparging, Grains were Optic Malt and Wheat Malt:
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Weighing out the hops, Todays hops were Fuggles for Bittering, Golding, Willamette & Fuggles for flavour/aroma:
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Used hops in the boiler:
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I’ve just drunk a bottle of a dark Mild Chris gave me which is well balanced and chocolaty, another bottle of something light is waiting for after though I forget what he called it. They don’t normally bottle their beers as they stick to dealing direct with pubs.


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