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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)

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

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:
Hops weighed out:
The mash, wooo isn’t this an exciting shot!:
First Wort Hops, Magnum, lovely smelling and quite sticky:
Second runnings, a very hydrated pale piss colour:
80c Steep hops, Hersbrucker & Nelson Sauvin:
Running to FV, gave my bucket a good caustic soak today, rinse and final StarSan:

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.


My first Casked Home brewed ale:


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

The other week we popped down to see Toby at 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
Red Willow Brewery
Mashtun, underback & Copper
Red Willow Brewery
Malt Auger and Mash Tun
Red Willow Brewery
Toby Cleaning the copper & Me doing a cracking job of ‘Hands in Pockets’
Red Willow BreweryRed Willow Brewery

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

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

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:
Centennial were used to bitter at 60mins & 30mins:
Batch sparge liquor at 77c running to mash tun:
Action shot, in go the lates:

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.

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

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:
Today’s lovely hops, the Citra spell amazing:
Pellets, smell good, were evil later:
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:
Running mash off into copper:
The money shot:
Break material & fecking pellet hops!:

Other than my crap mesh hop-stopper for pellets, an easy brewday.

*Malts & Hops, Yeast & Liquor Treatments bought from the following:
*Base malts from work

*Bottled 20th Mar ’11

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