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Double Oat Pale – Using Malted & Flaked Oats to hopefully give a full silky body, late hopped fairly heavily with German Hersbrucker & New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops. (This hop combo worked well back in AG#37, so it should do again)

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 75%
Caramalt – 10%
Oat Malt – 5%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Wheat Malt – 5%

Hops:
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 60 mins – 27g – (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin – 11.7 % @ 0 mins – 50g – (20-30min 80c Steep)
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3 % @ 0 mins – 50g – (20-30min 80c Steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.1 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.6 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 40 EBU
Colour: 7 EBC
Yeast: Safale us-05
Liquor Treatment to General Purpose in GW Calc
Mash for 60mins @ 67c
Batch Sparge @ 77c
Boil for 60mins
Protafloc Tablet @ 10mins

Malts and temp:
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Hops weighed out:
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The mash, wooo isn’t this an exciting shot!:
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First Wort Hops, Magnum, lovely smelling and quite sticky:
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Second runnings, a very hydrated pale piss colour:
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80c Steep hops, Hersbrucker & Nelson Sauvin:
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Running to FV, gave my bucket a good caustic soak today, rinse and final StarSan:
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88% Mash Efficiency, and Hydrometer says I hit my gravity Refractometer says I am 1 point low (I need to calibrate it).

Here’s my Pump Clip Design, done in Adobe Illustrator with a little bit of Stock Illustration from Fotolia.

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My first Casked Home brewed ale:

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*Casked 30th Mar ’11 with about 40g sugar, Alkleer Finings

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The other week we popped down to see Toby at www.redwillowbrewery.com in Macclesfield, lovely looking logo and simple name which is not bound to a place or stuck with a built-in history. A very good thing in my view.Red Willow BreweryHere are some photos of the brewery, more available on his website, the 6 Barrel brewery was manufactured by Elite Stainless Fabrications

A couple of Fermenters
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Mashtun, underback & Copper
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Malt Auger and Mash Tun
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Toby Cleaning the copper & Me doing a cracking job of ‘Hands in Pockets’
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Directionless – 4.2
Centennial (main bittering) then lots of Amarillo and Centennial towards the end and flameout ; Pale, Wheat & Caramalt
A balanced and easy drinking session ale, warm amber in colour, made with Amarillo and Centennial hops providing a subtle candied orange fruitiness.

Headless – 3.9
Centennial (main bittering hop) cascade late hops; Pale, Caramalt, Torrefied Wheat
Refreshingly floral Pale Ale with a restrained orange-led bitterness and a light, straw-hued colour

Smokeless – 5.7
Target hops (but fairly irrelevant),  Pale Malt, Munich, Smoked Malt, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown. Towards the end of fermentation Chipotles added ~ 5 days

A surprisingly approachable smoked porter, velvet smooth with a robust malt backbone. This is infused with Chipotles to give even more smokiness and a subtle hint of heat, a real winter warmer

Wreckless – 4.8
Citra & Amarillo, Pale and Wheat Malt and Caramalt
Our newest beer, a Pale Ale loaded with Citra and Amarillo hops providing massive amounts of tropical fruit with a clean finish.

Ageless – 7.2
Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook ,  dry hopped for about 2 weeks. Pale, Caramalt

Stressless – 3.9
Same base as Smokeless, but scaled down to 3.9%, no chipotles added (thinking if I want I should be able to Partigyle this with Smokeless – not that I’ve done it yet)
An easy drinking dark mild with a hint of smokiness.

Feckless – 4.1
Target, Challenger, Fuggles, Goldings – Pale, Pale Choc, Crystal, dry hopped with Target
A classic British beer, rich toffee and malt balanced with the subtle flavours of Challenger, Goldings and Target hops.

A local lad’s take on RedWillow

Citrallenger – The second of today’s brews and my 50th All Grain brew anniversary, this called for something a bit special. I’m thinking that spicy/ peppery Challenger are going to Blend well with the Herbal pungency of the Citra, backed up by a very solid bitterness from the Centennial Hops.
A pretty big beer, double IPA bla bla

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 52.6%
Pale Malt – 32.4%
Flaked Oats – 5.4%
Caramalt – 5%
Wheat Malt – 4.6%

Hops:
Centennial Whole – 11.5 % 60 mins – 41g (FWH)
Centennial Whole – 11.5 % 30 mins – 51g
Challenger Whole – 7.6 % 0 mins – 50g (80c Steep for 30mins)
Citra Pellet – 11.1 % 0 mins – 31g (80c Steep for 30mins)

Final Volume: 15 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.070
Final Gravity: 1.017
Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 24.2 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 118 EBU
Colour: 10 EBC

Yeast: Safale US-05
Mashed for 90mins
Liquor Treatment: GW Calc General Purpose

Malts and temp:
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Centennial were used to bitter at 60mins & 30mins:
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Batch sparge liquor at 77c running to mash tun:
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Action shot, in go the lates:
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Annoyingly the Pellet hops clogged up my ‘Works like magic every-time’ regular hop-stopper, so pretty slow run-off to fermenter… Just a couple of OG points low.

Easy brewday bar the slow run-off, doing a bit different hop schedule on this one, with the 2 centennial bittering additions and just one fairly large Aroma steep at 80c.

*Bottled 23rd Mar ’11

Citra Pale – I thought it about time I jump on the Citra-Train so, thanks to Toby from Red Willow Brewery for the hop Pellets, here I go….
I’m going for lots of flavour and not too bitter with a few flaked oats for a bit of extra mouth-feel.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 55%
Wheat Malt – 35%
Cara Munich Type III – 5%
Flaked Oats – 5%

Hops:
Magnum Whole – 14.5 % -60 mins – 15g (FWH)
Citra Pellet – 11.1 % -15 mins – 10g
Citra Pellet – 11.1 % -0 mins – 40g (80c Steep for 20-30mins)
Citra Pellet – 11.1 % -0 mins – 10g (Dry Hop)

Final Volume: 15 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 22.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 8.1 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 41 EBU
Colour: 18 EBC

Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment: GW Calc General Purpose
Mashed for 60mins

Malts weighed out:
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Today’s lovely hops, the Citra spell amazing:
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Pellets, smell good, were evil later:
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My Mesh Hop Stopper’s first outing, worked about as badly as it could, I need to make a large area mesh version for pellet hops:
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Running mash off into copper:
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The money shot:
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Break material & fecking pellet hops!:
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Other than my crap mesh hop-stopper for pellets, an easy brewday.

*Malts & Hops, Yeast & Liquor Treatments bought from the following:
www.barleybottom.com
www.themaltmiller.co.uk
*Base malts from work

*Bottled 20th Mar ’11


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