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Kraftwort – I really enjoyed last years brew of ‘Big Malty Smoke beer‘ so I thought I’d do a smokier one this year, and to add a little extra to it I’m doing a Double Decoction.

Fermentables:
Rauch Malt (Weyermann) – 56.3%
Oak-Smoked Pale Wheat Malt (Weyermann) – 28.2%
Munich Type I (Weyermann) – 14.1%
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) – 1.4%

Hops:
Spalt Select – 5.2 % @ 60 mins – 70g
Spalt Select – 5.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 33 EBU
Colour: 57 EBC
Mash: Infusion to 52°c for 30mins, Decoction to 65°c for 60mins, Decoction to 71°c, Sparge at 78°c
Yeast: 2x Safale us-05 and a cool 18°c ferment

The malts & Temp:
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Hops from Simply:
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The First Decoction went well and took me upto saccrification temperature:
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A rather nice deep colour from the first runnings:
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Messy splattered mash tun after the decoctions:
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In go the hops:
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Chillin’ I left it to get nice and cold:
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Liquored back hot in the copper with a couple of litres and the refractometer, ended up with 1063.5 so near enough, I have been using hot liquor to liquorback in FV with lately but I wanted to keep the temp in the FV nice and low, which i did.

Bit of a long brewday with the decoctions and rests, smells a tastes good already 🙂

*29th Oct ’13 – I warmed it up a couple of days ago and let it finish off, its at a steady 1009.5 making it 7.1%!!! I’m chilling it down now ready for bottling.

*Bottled 3rd Nov ’13 – with 122g white sugar primings, tasting good, tastes very smokey 🙂

*20th Nov ’13 – Taster time, this is starting to be good now, its plenty smokey but subtle all at the same time.

CheshireBrewhouseBlack

I went down to see Shane at www.cheshirebrewhouse.co.uk yesterday to do a collaboration brew.
The brew was to be a Black IPA made with, among other things, Weyermann Sinamar Carafa Extract and Warrior hops, we stuck to a simple malt bill with Pale malt and a little Munich and adding sugar at the end of boil to take us into the 6.7ABV area.

The dry goods in the Mash Tun, Shane Underlets to mash in, this was a first for me as I’ve always used a Hydrator so the malt and liquor are already mixing as they hit the tun. For those that don’t know, Shane built all his brewkit from second-hand vessels and insulated and clad them himself:
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The FV’s:
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Shane paddling hard at the mash:
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All the FV’s have a name, this is the temp controller belonging to Gertrude:
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Underback and pump:
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Sparge arm spinning:
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Shane rubbing up the 10minute hops:
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This is his take on a hop filter (Used to be Hop-back), the copper has a big 4 inch butterfly valve on the base of the cone so the spent hops in the copper are simply poked down thru the outlet to clean out:
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This was either the late sugar addition or the late Steep hops going in:
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Some beery treasure I brought home with me 🙂
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We had some fun and games with a stuck mash and the copper was on a go-slow at getting to the boil, it was hopped with first Wort Warrior hops then 10 mins before the end of boil more Warrior & US-Magnum, finally finished with a late 85c steep of Simcoe, Chinook and Experimental 366. The Sinamar was added while recirculating and the colour checked…. It was black 😉
The wort was tasting great with little to no roast character, this is what we were aiming for with the Sinamar… so look out for “Stormy Point” Dark and Moody IPA from @shaneswindells you might see @pdtnc or @SaltaireBrewAde on the bottle labels & Pump Clips etc

Cheers for a great day Shane

Ossett-Brewery-LogoI popped over to Ossett earlier today for a chat with head brewer Paul, I’d been tweet-chatting off and on with @PaulSpencer1973 of Ossett Brewery, for a while so asked if it would be ok to come over and have a look around. Ossett Brewery was started in 1997 and Paul has been brewing there for 13 years, their current brew-kit came from a cider brewery in Sweden and is 40BBL in size.
As well as being a brewer with a passion for beer & brewing at Ossett, Paul also oversees three other Microbreweries under the Ossett group, quite a task!

The Copper & Grist case (Malt Hopper):
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Another shot of the copper:
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Ossett have 3 different types of fermenting vessel, 9 in total if my memory serves:
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A slightly blurry shot of the mash Tun and underback:
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Three of the Fermenters made by Moeschle:
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The Mash Tun was just about to be dug out from the first of todays brews:
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Their cask washing area:
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This is their Microdat cask filler, it can cope with 80-casks per hour, and doses both Finings Adjunct (Auxiliary Finings) and Isinglass Finings:
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This is the conditioning room at Ossett, quite a line-up of vessels, these are also made by Moeschle:
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The very front left of this shot is their Isinglass tank where they mix and store it:
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I took a few home-brewed beers for Paul hope he enjoys them and got a few back from him:
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Do check out their website and their funky little promo vid.

It was interesting to find out that our own Head Brewer/Owner ‘Tony Gartland’ at Saltaire Brewery actually did some work experience at Ossett back when he was training at BrewLab before starting his own brewery.

Its been good meeting Paul and some of the guys and thanks very much for taking the time to show me round, Cheers


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