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Challenger Bitter – An English hopped Bitter hopefully with a massively malty presence. I’ve been wanting to do a 50% of each Munich+Vienna malts for a while, ideally as an IPA but I thought this would work quite nicely as I’m planning to serve it through a BeerEngine from either Cask or Bag-in-Box.

Fermentables:
Munich Malt – 43%
Vienna Malt – 43%
Caramalt – 9%
Crystal Rye Malt – 5%

Hops:
Cascade (UK) – 5.7 % @ 60 mins – 53g
Challenger – 7.6 % @ 0 mins – 100g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.046
Final Gravity: 1.011
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 30 EBU
Colour: 32 EBC
Mash: 67c for 90mins
Yeast: Safale us-05 repitched from last brew

The usual and predictable photo of the malts:
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Here’s a shot of the Galcium Chloride flakes, using the Mild water profile from THBF calc:
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Lovely colour, it was a deep chestnut red:
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Just about to drop a half protafloc:
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Nice fulsome 100g late steep of Challenger:
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Not the best start to the day, I found I hadn’t cleaned out the hops from the copper from the last brew so dug them out and gave the IC and ball-valve some extra TLC Boiling it while the mash was on.

*8th Jan ’14 – just got this in the brew-fridge, it is at 1017 but had got quite cool at 16.6°c, now set to warm up to 20°c so should finish fermenting in a day or two. Its amazing the difference in fermentation speed when re-pitching yeast skimmed of a previous brew, its made it easier to do this while I’ve been brewing every week. It wastes alright too 😉

*Racked to Bag-in-Box 11th Jan ’14 with 15g priming sugar and Allkleer Isinglass Finings.

SAC IPA – You might see some similarities with this brew and my ‘Summit 73 E366‘ brew mainly the amounts and times of the late hops, I’m using up the last of my Pale & Lager malts along with the Cara/Crystal and some Dark Wheat.
I think this is the third year that a bunch of homebrewers have made the effort to brew on New Years Day, but its my fifth NYD brew in 5 years.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 44.3%
Munich Malt – 20.3% (some of this was English Munich and some was German)
Pale Malt – 19.5%
Wheat Malt Dark (Weyermann) – 6%
Flaked Wheat – 3.6%
Crystal Malt – 3.4%
Cara Hell – 3%

Hops:
Cluster Pellet – 7.9 % @ 60 mins – 40g (First Wort Hop)
Summit Whole – 17.5 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Apollo Whole – 19.5 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Cascade Whole – 7.9 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Summit Whole – 17.5 % @ 0 mins – 85g (20min steep)
Apollo Whole – 19.5 % @ 0 mins – 40g (20min steep)
Cascade Whole – 7.9 % @ 0 mins – 45g (20min steep)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.057
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 59 EBU
Colour: 24 EBC
Mash: 67°c for an inordinate amount of time
Yeast: Safale us-05 re-pitched from last gyle

Malts & Temp:
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First batch sparge running off:
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Big fat hit of flamout hops:
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Skimmed straight off the FV of Ring of Fire IPA, mixed with a little fresh wort and pitched at 20c:
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Maybe a touch darker than style, though beating it with a paddle it was smelling really good:
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It was a bit of a drawn out brewday as i was supposed to be viewing a second hand car or two but one sold and the seller of the other was a bit shit at replying to txt messages.

*Bottled & Casked 8th Jan ’14 – with 15g sugar to the cask and half a Tsp to each of 6 bottles, also the cask was dry hopped with a 60g blend of Summit, Apollo & Cascade. I think it tastes good, my smell and taste are a bit buggered at the moment thanks to a cold.


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