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iFuggle
iFuggle – I’ve been threatening doing this for a while, a big-ass Fuggle IPA, its an experiment and I may not like it but thats no reason not to try! And its a while since I made a British IPA.
The Dextrose will go in with the Protafloc in the last 10 minutes so as not to effect the hop utilisation, I’m using a couple of @MagicRockStu’s tips too.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 80%
Dextrose – 12.4%
Vienna Malt – 5.5%
Amber Malt – 2%

Hops:
Cluster Pellet – 7.9 % @ 75 mins – 150g (Start of boil)
Fuggle Whole – 5.1 % @ 5 mins – 150g
Fuggle Pellet – 4.3 % @ 0 mins – 100g (Dry Hop in FV)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.083
Final Gravity: 1.019
Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 137 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC
Mash: 60-90mins @ 63°c (I actually hit 64°c)
Boil: 75mins
Yeast: Safale us-05 – 2 packs

The malts, a fairly full bucket with just over 7kg:
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150g Cluster T90 pellets:
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Second batch sparge running in:
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In go the pellets at the start of boil:
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The late whole fuggles go in at 5mins left:
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I liquored back from 1085.5 to 1083, and ended up with 22.3L in the FV:
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Yeast pitched at 20°c, in the fermenting fridge set to 20°c too, cleaned up, no fuss as usual 🙂

*16th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1021, tasting rather sweet, could that 1°c higher than my planned 63°c mash temp be to blame? I was hoping for nearer to 1010 by now. I have dry hopped with with 100g Fuggles pellets and given it a good rouse, hopefully it will drop a few more points.

*18th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1013 this is more like it, a couple more points and I’ll be happy.

*20th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1008! Makes this 10% which is quite a big beer and about 2% stronger than planned 😀

*Bottled 30th Nov ’13 – with about 75g white sugar, my scales were messing me around, tastes strong and traditional, good dark straw colour. It actually finished fermenting at 1006.5 making it 10.2%!

Robust Wheat Porter – The Pancake Day of Homebrews! I’m using up a load of bag-ends, so my base malts (Lager & Wheat) are now totally depleted.
I’m not too fussed if its something odd-ball, it should hopefully be entertaining and I can start from fresh malts for subsequent brews.

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt – 44.9%
Lager Malt – 26.6%
Munich Malt – 5.9%
Jaggery (Cane) – 5.5%
Brown Malt – 3.7%
Chocolate Malt – 3.7%
Rauch Malt (Weyermann) – 3.2%
Amber Malt – 2.6%
Peat Smoked Medium – 1.8%
Munich Type II (Weyermann) – 1.4%
Roasted Barley – 0.7%
Oat Husks – 3% (This works out at 103%, added after calculating recipe)

Hops:
Bobek – 4.5 % @ 60 mins – 408g
Saaz – 4.15 % @ 0 mins – 48g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.077
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 70 %
Bitterness: 181 EBU – (This is going to be bogus, the hops are old and like confetti)
Colour: 148 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 67°c
Yeast: Safale US-05 skimmed from last weeks brew before I dry hopped it
Liquor Treatment: General Purpose copied from AG#55

The Malts, I added a few Oat Husks as a precaution:
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408g of Bobek Hops in the copper:
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Recirculating the first few jugs from the mash tun until it runs clear:
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Jaggery Goor, or Unrefined Cane sugar:
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In go the late Saaz hops:
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Quite a lot of spent hops left in the copper:
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I ended up with 1079 so liquored back 0.54L to 1077, I feel a few things worked in my favor to get the right OG and 21.46Litres:

  1. Predicted Mash efficiency be set low.
  2. The 3.7L bellow the Mash Tun’s false bottom which I usually deduct from the first sparge.
  3. 80c second (technically first) sparge, I normally go for 78°c, and 15min rest before running off.

All cleaned up and yeast pitched, I expect it to kick off quite soon and spew all over the kitchen floor, the fermentation fridge is still full of Brown Ceas which I just dry hopped.

*25th Mar ’13 – The fresh yeast has taken off well, still in the bucket… just!

*31st Mar ’13 – Gravity at 1018 so this has been pretty fast at fermenting, and it tastes rather good with quite a bit of smoke and the Brown/Amber/Choc malts definitely playing their parts, bitterness is coming through but not overly 🙂

*7th Apr ’13 – Gravity at 1018 still so chilling it down before bottling sometime next week.

*Bottled 10th Apr ’13 – with 76g White Sugar, tastes bloody good too 🙂

Casapollocade IPA – As the name sort of says, this beer uses Cascade & Apollo hops in abundance for the late steep though bittering comes from two very healthy doses of Willamette 🙂
This beer is not shy and promises to be brash on the bitterness with floral, “dank” and piney notes, the Apollo are pretty pungent and might be better suited rolled in some Rizlas than soaked in wort!
Its been a little while since I brewed so I decided to make this a bit of a Pancake-day, used up all my Pale, Lager, Weyermann Munich Type I, and Oat malts… out with the old and in with the new etc etc….:)

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 45.6%
Lager Malt – 18.1%
Oat Malt – 15.2%
Munich Type I (Weyermann) – 14.6%
Caramalt – 4.6%
Amber Malt – 1.8%

Hops:
Willamette – 6.4 % @ 60 mins – 75g – (First Wort Hop)
Willamette – 6.4 % @ 30 mins – 75g
Cascade – 7.9 % @ 0 mins – 100g – (20-30min Steep)
Apollo – 19.5 % @ 0 mins – 100g – (20-30min Steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 15.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 84 EBU
Colour: 18 EBC
Mash: over 90mins @67c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment: GW Calc Dry Pale Ale

The Malts:
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The Mash Temp, aimed for and hit my temp:
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Liquor Salts & 75g of Willamette FWH:
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Lots and lots of Hops:
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First Sparge of the two batches:
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Do you think 350g for a 23L brew-length is too much?:
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Flameout Steep hops, 200g of them:
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Chilled, nothing has settled out ‘cos there is a shed load of hops in there! Thinking logically this is a heck of a reason to use pellet hops for big heavily hopped beers as the retained wort would be much less:
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All done, busy day; brewing, Exam revision, and tiling the kitchen…!

*7th Oct ’12 – Down to 1012 @ 22°c think its done, should I or shouldn’t I dry hop, wasn’t going to… Tastes to have a similar pungency to Green Bullet / Bobek in the mix. If I do dry hop I may use Magnum to test out an idea.

*Bottled 13th Oct ’12 – with 80g White Sugar

*22nd Oct ’12 – Taster bottle, this isn’t bad, bags of flavour it will hopefully dry out a little in bottle and become more of the IPA its meant to be, I never bothered dry hopping btw.

*1st Nov ’12 – I’m actually really enjoying this beer, bags of flavour, plenty of body and a tingle of bitterness without being too harsh.

I shall be abstaining from brewdays for a while, normal service will resume once I’ve got through some of the beer!

This weekend I bottled my last two brews, Ta Moko II & Chinook Blonde and I’m still warm conditioning my Double IPA HopZilla IPA… so thats *6 crates of beer sat in our office/study/room/thing 🙂 *Crates hold 20 bottles of 500ml or 24 x 330ml

Garage beer stocks are pretty high with lots more full crates stashed in there too… the Temperature control on the fermentation fridge has been turned off and the HLT is empty! (Hop Freezer is Full!)

There are Whitelabs yeasts in the fridge to brew with once I get going again:

  • Brett WLP650 (Something with Flaked Oats and Wheat malt, lots of Cara/Crystal malts)
  • Belgian Blend (Might get some more Date Molasses)
  • Hefeweizen (I’ll go the whole decoction hog but hop with Amarillo & Nelson Sauvin +dry)
  • Kólsch (Ideas for an IPA, a Malty Smoke beer, and maybe a Red Rye)
  • San Diego Super (I’m sure I’ll have plenty of options for this one… US Brown re-brew with tweaks?)
  • Edinburgh Ale (Something British, might do a Fuggle IPA and a Coniston Bluebird-esqe bitter)

Malts are pretty plentiful too:

Pale Malt, Lager Malt, Caramalt, Choc Malt, Choc Wheat, Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal, Flaked Barley, Flaked Oats, Pale Crystal, Carahell, Roast Barley, Carapils, Cara-munich Type III, Carafa Special III, Special B, CaraAmber, Medium Peat Smoked, Roasted Wheat, Black Malt, Brown Malt, Roasted Rye, Crystal Rye, Cara Vienna, Pale Oat Malt, Melanoidin, Flaked Wheat, Muinch Type I, Munich Type II, Amber Malt, Rye Malt, Rauch Malt, Flaked Maize.

Bulging Hop Freezer:

UK Cascade, Columbus, Challenger, Fuggle, Bobek, Goldings, Magnum, Summit, Willamette, Apollo, Chinook, Hersbrucker, Simcoe, NZ Cascade, Tettnang, Green Bullet, Aramis, Junga, Mount Hood, Spalter Select, Marynka, Cluster, Amarillo, Lubelski, Centennial, Riwaka, Citra, Northern Brewer, Galaxy, Super Alpha, Summer, Stella, NZ Hallertau Aroma, Pacific Gem, Warrior, Delta, Topaz, Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Jade, Pacifica, Wai-iti, Kohatu, Wakatu, Motueka, East Kent Golding, Sticklebract.

I wonder how long I can go without firing up the HLT? 🙂 AG#88 will be a….????

Hop Sap IPA – I was planning to do a Liquorice stout but thought stuff it I want some in-yer-face hops, I’ll dry hop this in the FV for about a week.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 82%
Cara Belge (Weyermann) – 8.7%
Wheat Malt – 4.8%
Flaked Barley – 3.5%
Amber Malt – 1%

Hops:
Willamette – 6.4 % @ 60 mins – 63g
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 30 mins – 27g
Chinook – 12.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)

Dry Hops:
Magnum – 5g
Chinook – 50g
Citra – 28g
NZ Cascade – 35g
Columbus – 20g
Simcoe – 60g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.4 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 % (actually hit 85.5%)
Bitterness: 70 EBU
Colour: 12 EBC
Yeast: Safale US-05
Copper Finings: 1/2 Protafloc Tablet

Bucket of malts, 5.584kg:
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Mash on at 66c:
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Gypsum, Epsom, Salt, I used THBF Liquor Treatment calculator for Pale Ale:
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Hops for the copper, I’ll probably dry hop too:
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Fairly tidy view of my brew area:
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My Brewday Record Sheet:
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In go the start of boil Willamette hops:
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I made a thing while i was in the garage, the thinking was for somewhere to put all my brewing books in the garage, It looked a lot better than this in my head!:
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Almost finished running off from the copper to the FV, I was using the Immersion Cooler today:
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I forgot to that a hydro shot, though in any case I hit the nail on the head… if I hadn’t started trying to be creative with wood it would have been a easy day! 😀

*21st Jun ’12 – Dry hopped today at 20°c with about 200g of Blitzed up hops, the food processor didn’t like it! I’ll drop the temp tomorrow once I’ve double checked the gravity is steady at 1013.

*30th Jun ’12 – chilling to 4c for a couple of days before bottling to drop some hop debris out. Tastes bloody good, just what I was after 🙂

*Bottled 3rd Jul ’12 with 78g white sugar, tastes pretty good bit sharper with stirring up the hops which retained about 3-4 litres of perfectly good beer!! I’ll make sure I blitz them for longer in the food processor next time so hopefully they will settle out to a thinner layer of mush rather than loads of still whole hops!

*7th Jul ’12 – Early taster, while out with the Leeds Homebrewers at Ilkley Brewery, Bloody fantastic 🙂 very pleased just need a little more time to carbonate up properly 🙂

*15th Jul ’12 – Tastes blooming good 🙂

Pioneer’s Gold – A Barley wine for the National Homebrew Competition (or maybe the Year after) and using fresh live yeast from work. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and after seeing Graeme Coates’ brewday I thought I’d go for it. I’ve gone for 15 litres as i don’t think its something I’ll drink very fast and its nicely left room in the copper for an extra 10L sparge to extract more from the mash. Hopping is some Pioneer pellets and older First Gold that were in the Hop-Freezer.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 90%
Wheat Malt – 5%
Caramalt – 4%
Amber Malt – 1%

Hops:
First Gold Whole 7.9 % @ 60 mins – 25g (after a long boil down first)
Pioneer Pellet 9.5 % @ 60 mins – 17g
First Gold Whole 7.9 % @ 10 mins – 17g
Pioneer Pellet 9.5 % @ 10 mins – 17g
First Gold Whole 7.9 % @ 0 mins – 39g
Pioneer Pellet 9.5 % @ 0 mins – 56g (What was left in the bag)
Golding Whole 5.1 % @ 0 mins – 3g (I ran out of First Gold so made a small extra addition)

Final Volume: 15 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.100
Final Gravity: 1.024
Alcohol Content: 10.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 26.7 Litres
Mash Liquor: 17.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 %
Bitterness: 73 EBU (The First Gold are pretty old now so i don’t expect to make this figure)
Colour: 22 EBC
Yeast: Thick skimmed yeast from Saltaire Brewery, fresh as you like.
Mash: 3 hours at 65°c, aimed for 66°c.

Liquor Treatment salts,  shown here is the Calcium Chloride with Magnesium Sulphate on top:
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Malts, Temp & Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate):
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I went back to my old HTC Android for Strike Temp & Batch sparge volumes, this is even though I just got Beer Alchemy on the iPhone:
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Pretty full, but I’m sure I could get a fair bit more in sometime:
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First runnings, I recycled about 12 litres:
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From the first sparge I collected 20 Litres @ 17.4 Brix so did an extra 10 Litre sparge and got 32 Litres @ 13.8 Brix, just over 64% Mash efficiency on the First sparge which I am quite happy with:
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The first sparge was added kind of on the fly, then the extra 10 L sparge was added via my beta-version spinning sparge arm and the solar pump:
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On the boil, I had to simmer for a while until I could turn up the heat:
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Boiled off about 12-13 litres before adding the first hops, 3 hours 20 mins total boil time!:
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Pioneer Pellets & First Gold hops:
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I didn’t realise at this point but I think my refreactometer may have been exaggerating a bit:
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Steep hops in for 30mins at Flameout:
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I ended up collecting about 18 litres after doing some liquoring back towards the end of the boil (Thanks Refractometer, I should have stuck with my instincts as I would have been right!) did some small sugar additions to rescue a few OG points ended up with 1091. I pitched 100g of fresh, thick live yeast from work, MrMalty said 80-100ml, yeast pitched at 17°c:
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A fairly relaxed day, second breakfast, drop the Mrs off at the train station, and walked the dogs while the mash was on, left the copper cleaning until the day after. Fermenter in the fridge set at 18°c for the first 24 hours then will hold at 20°c for a day or two before letting it free rise to 24°c, if its anything like at work this yeast will need a bit of TLC with a rouse every now and then.

This was my first Brewday taking all the photos on the iPhone, cracking photo quality and much easier than using the Canon DSLR, I use Instagram without any filters which kept everything in the nice square-blog-able format 🙂

*1st May ’12 – gravity at 1041 @ about 20°c, tasting very fruity almost like US hops!

*3rd May ’12 – Gravity 1027 @ 22°c tonight, not far from 1024 predicted FG, given it a good rouse… still tasting pretty sweet, hope some of this will dry out a bit.

*8th May ’12 – Down to 1015 @ 22°c I’m hoping its going to stop soon, it was 1016 yesterday so its getting close.

*9th May ’12 – Steady at 1015 now, chilling in stages probably 17°c then down to 11°c before bottling.

*12th May ’12 – Bottled with 90g White Sugar, got 45ish 330ml-ish bottles, the waiting game begins…..

*10th Sep ’12 – Tasting rather good, a nice malty toffee mouthful with warm lingering alcohol, a sweet lemoniness is also apparent.

Imperial Smoked Porter – This is serving a couple of purposes; First is a Trial run of a big beer in my newly finished False bottom Mash tun; Second is using up some odd bags of malt and some older hops I had in the freezer and some other part bags of hops.
I’m not expecting the stated bitterness from my hops – http://www.wellhopped.co.uk/Product.htm so I’m going semi-worst case scenario and adjusting AA for age and storage.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 70.2%
Caramalt – 8.2%
Peat Smoked Malt, medium – 4.2%
Amber Malt – 3.9%
Oat Malt – 3.5%
Chocolate Malt, Pale – 2.3%
Crystal Wheat Malt – 2.4%
Chocolate Wheat Malt – 1.8%
Flaked Wheat – 1.6%
Chocolate Malt – 1.5%
Flaked Rye 0 EBC – 0.5%

Hops:
Bobek – 3.7 % @ 75 mins – 124g (FWH)
Admiral – 12 % @ 75 mins – 19g (FWH)
Herkules – 15.8 % @ 75 mins – 35g (FWH)
Brewers Gold – 9.1 % @ 10 mins – 68g
Cascade – 5.5 % @ 0 mins – 29g (Flame-out Steep for 20mins)
Saaz – 3.8 % @ 0 mins – 33g (Flame-out Steep for 20mins)
Simcoe – 12.9 % @ 0 mins – 20g (Flame-out Steep for 20mins)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.076
Final Gravity: 1.021
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 36.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 20.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % (I collected 32L @ 1055 so hit efficiency but had too much liquor)
Bitterness: 121 EBU (I’m not expecting this as the bittering hops were fairly old so subtracting 30% from the AA will be more like 90EBU)
Colour: 140 EBC
Mashed for 90mins @ 66c
Boil for 75mins
Liquor treatment as per GW calc for General Purpose

Bigger bucket than normal with 8.5kg of malts:
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New mash tun full of hot liquor:
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Initial Mash a little high, cooled with cold liquor to 66c:
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Tidy brewsheet (version 3, other two are scibbly works in progress) along with late hops:
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Quite a heap of first Wort Hops in the copper along with the common salt addition:
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What lies beneath, mash leftovers under the mash screen:
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10 min hops going in:
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Break material clumping in the copper:
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Looks near as damn it to me (Showing 72 +2 divisions in the meniscus = 1076), not bad for a first outing of the new Mash Tun:
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I had 3.7 Litres in the new mash tun to just cover the false bottom, the first sparge top-up was a little over 3 litres so I didn’t top-up and subtracted the difference from the Second batch sparge. This was to take into account the liquor under the screen, I ended up with 32 Litres in the copper which i thought too much but by the end of the 75min boil I was at my predicted gravity so I must have worked things out right!

Thoughts on the False bottom:
The mash ran off very well and after a few jugs of recirculating it was also very clear.
After stirring the second sparge and running off I came back to the mash tun to find it had run a load of malt particles into the copper as the last of the mash drained out. I’ll have to keep an eye on it next time to stop this just as it starts to show bits coming through, or have a go a Fly sparging so as to not actually disturb the Mash bed and hopefully limit the amount of malt particles coming through.
New cleaning game, poking bits of malt out of the perforated stainless!

16th May ’11
The usual, Stout+S-04 ferment 🙂 :
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*Bottled 25th May ’11 with 71g of White sugar and a tiny sprinkle of Nottingham yeast into each bottle as a bit of a safety precaution as it had dropped very bright. Finished at 1016-1018 so about 7.7% ABV.

*4th JUne ’11 Taster bottle, tasting good the Peat Smoked malt works well with the Strength of this beer, Bitterness just right so I’m glad I adjusted the hop Alpha acids for my older hops.


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