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Pale and Hoppy could be an NPA (New-Zealand Pale Ale)… and a nice NZ film reference for the name :)
After tasting my other recent Nelson Sauvin hopped beer I see there is a good rounded mouth filling full hoppiness to the hops so I’m more than doubling the amount that I put in my last brew and going for a 80c steep for the lates.

Next weekend I may do a mad mix of Nelson+Cascade+Centennial with an almost identical grain bill.

Once Were Warriors

Golden Promise 2240g – 86%
Wheat Malt 260g – 10%
Crystal Malt 100g – 4%

Pacific Gem @ 60 mins – 8g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin @ 15 mins – 26g
Nelson Sauvin @ 0 mins – 26g (Going to let it cool a bit then do a 20 minute steep)
*maybe Dry hop, but probably not, will see…*

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 51 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

Maybe a bit of Burtonisation to the liquor, if I can be arsed, if not just a good helping of Gypsum to the Mash & Boil :)

The Pics…
The grain bill, Golden Promise pale malt, Standard Crystal malt, Wheat malt, 10g of Gypsum 5g of Epsom salt added to my liquor:
Doughing in:
Aiming for 67c so not far off:
pH looks spot on:
Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Gem hops weighed out with half a Protafloc tab crushed to the right, if this was a full 23L brew it would have taken a full packet of hops but as I am just doing a 12L I managed to just have enough Nelsons in a part bag from the other week :):
End of 90 minute Mash:
Sparge water running into Tun for first batch:
Collected wort 1022/24 ish @ 55.5c and 17.5 litres collected in boiler makes for up-to 82% Mash efficiency:
Just coming to the boil:
Nottingham yeast to rehydrate:
Big ugly cold break!!:
Hit the OG right on the nail:

Did a 20 min steep @ 80c for those last hops, lovely clear wort running off the boiler which tasted pretty good though not as bitter as hoped.
Pitched rehydrated Notts yeast at about 23c, I’ll expect activity before long 🙂

***Update*** Bottled 22nd Dec ’09 with 50g DSM, the bitterness has come through now should be good 🙂

Stout of my Head

Golden Promise 1800g
Flaked Barley 500g
Roasted Hemp Seed 250g
Wheat Malt 100g
Crystal Malt, Dark 100g
Roasted Barley 90g
Chocolate Malt 80g
(I also added a tiny bit of Maize which might just act like Corn Flour and Set my Mash!)

Northdown 60 mins 25g (FWH)

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Total Liquor: 19.1 Litres
Mash Liquor: 7.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 40 EBU
Colour: 172 EBC

Grain weighed out, Golden Promise Malt, Flaked Barley, Dark Crystal Malt,Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Hemp Seed,Gypsum, Coffee ground Corn I picked while out walking:
Grain Temp:
Treated water going into the Boiler, Just heating up enough for a little over the Mash Volume:
Mashing, I got the other half to take this shot:
After a bit of messing about, mash on at 9am @ 67.6C for 90mins:
pH right on the money, I’m going to give up using these test strips as every mash I’ve done so far has been close enough not to bother:
Grain bed at end of mash:
Mash temp at 90mins:
Northdown FWH:
Hops in the wort, its really dark I think I got more colour than I bargained for! Mash efficiency says 80.5% which could be more than planned due to some extract from the Roasted Hemp:
The Recycling Crew:
Just come to a nice rolling boil:
Trub at the bottom of the boiler:
OG: 1044 @ 22c so near enough to predicted 1048:

A pretty easy brewday, sparge ran off lovely and clear with no sign of anything sticking. Did a quick mix and ran off without letting it settle, both batches were good, could it be this technique or the fact that I had Flaked barley in there that kept the grain bed structure more open??

Pitched s-04 just Dry sprinkled at 22C and put to bed 🙂

*Bottled 15th Dec ’09

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