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Farmhouse Rye Noir – Time for something a bit more funky after my last two brews, a Rye Black IPA with the NBS/Belle Saison yeast. I’m doing a 90min mash at 65c and will dry hop with 100g Galaxy pellets for a few days once finished fermenting. This recipe also uses up some bags of Special B, Extra Dark Crystal & CaraMunich III.
I’ve reduced the IBUs as I’m lead to believe this yeast can finish as low as 1002, thanks to @Kempicus & @ColinStronge, @MelissaCole & @100yojimbo. I also upped the Galaxy from 50g to 100g, with the warm/hot ferment I dare say a few volatiles will be gassed off.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 74.8%
Rye Malt – 14.4%
Special B – 5.6%
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) – 2.2%
Crystal Malt, ExtraDark – 1.5%
Cara Munich III (Weyermann) – 1.5%

Hops:
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
Topaz Whole – 17.2 % @ 10 mins – 50g
Galaxy Whole – 15.0 % @ 0 mins – 100g
Galaxy Pellet – 12.5 % @ 0 mins – 100g (Dry Hop in FV)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 44 EBU (16EBU ignoring the 10mins Topaz)
Colour: 125 EBC
Mash: 65c for 90mins

The Mash:
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Recirculating the first runnings:
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Second sparge running in:
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The Topaz hops and a protafloc tablet, the Topaz smell rather fuggley:
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The dry Saison yeast being rehydrated in boiled and cooled water:
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The copper draining to the FV:
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The wort had a good look to it as the break material settled with a nice sheen of hop oil from the Galaxy, fingers crossed the beer will be a good one too.

*28th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1016.5 and temp at 25°c, in the fridge now set to warm to 28°c.

*29th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1007 @30°c it looks to have finished fermenting, I have added 100g of Galaxy pellets and will give it a rouse tomorrow.

*5th Sep ’13 – I was supposed to bottle this today, oh well… its tasting better now 🙂

*Bottled 7th Sep ’13 – with 122g white sugar

*25th Sep ’13 – Tasting this again, the sort of nuttiness that it had has gone and it tastes alright, I can’t distinguish any one part but its crisp and pretty light & refreshing.

*BTW…. This turned out to be 7.2% ABV 😉 Having a bottle now, its mostly yeast character and the dry hopping feels to have been a bit wasted, not that I’m too bothered as it drinks well.

Gods of War – An impromptu brewday and a half-baked earlier idea to use Warrior & Zeus hops for the first time, I’m going all out with the Cara/Crystal with some Melanoidin Malt to make up for me not having any Munich which was substituted by Dark Wheat Malt.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 69%
Crystal Malt – 8%
Caramalt – 8%
Wheat Malt Dark (Weyermann) – 8%
Melanoidin (Weyermann) – 5%
Chocolate Malt, Pale – 2%

Hops:
Apollo – 19.5 % @ 60 mins – 30g (FWH)
Zeus – 16.7 % @ 10 mins – 20g
Apollo – 19.5 % @ 10 mins – 20g
Warrior – 17 % @ 10 mins – 20g
Warrior – 17 % @ 0 mins – 30g (5-10mins Steep at 90c)
Zeus – 16.7 % @ 0 mins – 30g (5-10mins Steep at 90c)
Apollo – 19.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (5-10mins Steep at 90c)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 91 EBU (55 EBU if you discount the 10min additions)
Colour: 60 EBC
Mash: 67°c for 60mins
Yeast: The Malt Miller’s West Coast Style yeast

The malts:
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The Apollo hops really made the garage stink:
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I’ve not used this yeast before, I’d be interested to hear others findings:
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First batch sparge running into the copper:
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A good rolling boil and the 10min hops go in:
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Flameout hops go in at 90°c for a 5-10min steep after which I turned the Immersion cooler on:
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Yeast was rehydrated in cooled boiled water as instructed, it will be fermenting at the ambient temp of the garage to start with as last weeks brew is still in the brew-fridge.

*24th Aug ’13 – Dry Hopped today with 30g of each hop, Apollo, Warrior & Zeus (almost 4.3g per litre) Hopefully bottle mid week.

*Bottled 29th Aug ’13 – with 80g white sugar, tastes sort of like a weird liquorice, unsure of this hop combo so far, maybe it will improve with some time in bottle.

*8th Sep ’13 – Taster bottle, this is coming along quite nicely, the colour is good and it has just enough dry hop presence, it could use a little more body but otherwise a pretty easy drinker. The hop flavours I was unsure about have gone and its light “Pithy” character (*Pithy used courtesy of @hopzine).

SCAN (Summer, Citra, Amarillo & Nelson Sauvin) I’ve not brewed since the 18th of May due to being busy with a lean-to construction on the house so this is a quick crowd pleaser, nothing too strong or too bitter but bags of flavour.

I’ll try not leave it as long before I brew again, Sorry about that if you are a regular reader 😉 Thats 85 non-homebrewing days!

Fermentables
Lager Malt – 50%
Pale Malt – 40%
Caragold – 5%
Cara Hell – 5%

Hops
Summer – 6.5 % @ 60 mins – 50g (FWH)
Citra – 15.0 % @ 0 mins – 40g
Amarillo – 8.7 % @ 0 mins – 40g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.1 % @ 0 mins – 40g (All 0mins hops 30min steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 32 EBU
Colour: 7 EBC
Mash: 69°c for 60mins
Yeast: Safale us-05

The Malts, I added a rough 1 Tsp Calcium Chloride to the mash:
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First Wort Summer Hops:
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A nice healthy Flame-out steep:
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FV and bits had some extra love today, a nice soak with a chlorine based cleaner-sanitiser, good rinse then a final StarSan:
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1042.5, liquored back to 1040:
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All went fine apart from the PSU on my solar pump decided to pack in so swapped for spare pump/psu so i could stir my HLT. The ground water is pretty warm at the moment so cooling took an age and I gave up at 21°c before liquoring back and pitching the yeast.

*15th Aug ’13 – Gravity at 1010, tasting good, might dry hop it tomorrow.

*16th Aug ’13 – Dry Hopped ‘subtly’ with:
Nelson Sauvin – 20g
Amarillo – 10g
Citra – 10g
Summer – 10g
AG#101 - SCAN
Just over 2g/Litre with whole hops, they are going to need a good stir in once they have soaked properly.

*Bottled 21st Aug ’13 with 110g white sugar, tasting good.

*28th Aug ’13 – 1 week in the bottle and tasting very good, light and refreshing with oodles of flavour and nose 🙂


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