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Summit 73 E366 – Bit of an experiment, I’m mashing for a 1040 wort but mashing high so as to produce lots of un-fermentable sugars and hoping for a full bodied 2.8% ABV, Phil Lowry recommends something like this for a low abv beer so I’m finally getting round to giving it a go though he recommended 74°c for the mash temp I’m resisting and going for 73°c.
My choice of malts is also high on the Dextrine and malty side to try and pack in a load of malt flavour while keeping the beer light in colour *Fingers crossed!*
I’m also not adding any hops for the first 45mins ‘Hop Bursting‘ of the boil with just a small charge at 15mins from end and a massive end of boil steep using ‘Summit‘ & ‘Experimental 366‘ in equal parts.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 65%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 15%
Munich Malt – 10%
Vienna Malt – 10%

Hops:
Summit – 17.5 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Experimental 366 – 15.7 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Summit – 17.5 % @ 0 mins – 85g
Experimental 366 – 15.7 % @ 0 mins – 85g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010 (I’m hoping for a high FG)
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 24 EBU
Colour: 7 EBC
Mash: 60mins @ 73°c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale us-05
Protafloc @ 10mins

Here are the usual batch of brewday photos :)

The malts & malt temp:
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The Exp 366 hops:
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First batch sparging running to the copper:
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The last 15mins:
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End of boil steep for 20mins:
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I liquored back in the FV with 2.4L and pitched the yeast:
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The wort tastes quite bitter and smells amazing when you give it a good thrash to aerate.

*29th Sep ’13 – Its a weird ferment on this one, a slightly scummy bubble top yesterday and today I thought it had stopped until i had a close look and saw loads of little bubbles fizzing away.

*1st Oct ’13 – Just done a gravity, this is at 1018, and I hope its finished, as its bang on the 2.8% I was aiming for. It has bags of body and flavour, you can still tell that it lacks alcohol but the body is there!

*6th Oct ’13 – Dry Hopped with 40g of Summit & 40g of Experimental 366 both whole hops.

*Bottled 17th Oct ’13 – primed with 102g white sugar for about 21 Litres, tasting very nice, this will be drinkable as soon as its carb’d up 🙂

*24th Oct ’13 – taster, I’d say this is ready to drink, a nice smooth dry hopped character and its picked up some bitterness from the dry hops too, carbonation is smooth maybe a little too much but only just, Bags and bags of fruity goodness.

*9th Nov ’13 – I have had a few bottles of this now, lovely and cold from the fridge I’d rank this as one of the best beers I’ve ever made! The hop Character and carbonation work really well and it holds its own well with beers more than twice as strong.


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