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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

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.

Non Terrestrial Intelligence – I’m using stuff up and have no Pale or Lager malt so I bought some Oat Husks from TheMaltMiller and added 5% to the recipe to aid sparging with so much Wheat Malt. I’m hoping for a fairly big hit of American hops with a good amount of bitterness.
The name comes from the Abyss movie.

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt – 76%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 8%
Special B – 8%
Oat Husks – 5%
Black Malt – 3%

Hops:
Simcoe – 14.2 % @ 60 mins – 25g (First Wort Hop)
Simcoe – 14.2 % @ 30 mins – 25g
Summit – 17.2 % @ 0 mins – 70g
Simcoe – 14.2 % @ 0 mins – 40g
Citra – 13 % @ 0 mins – 40g
Topaz – 16 % @ 0 mins – 10g (I just threw in a Sample I was given at work)
Nelson Sauvin – 12.1 % @ 0 mins – 11g (End of a bag)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 15 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % – (Reduced from my regular 75%)
Bitterness: 62 EBU
Colour: 125 EBC
Yeast: Safale us-05
Mash: 66°c for 2 hours, I did an iodine test at about 90mins which had a tiny bit of starch left.

Malts in the bucket, I added some gypsum to the mash and Calcium Chloride & Mag Sulphate to the boil:
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Adding the Mash Liquor to the Mash Tun, added a few degrees higher than my strike temperature and allowed to cool / Pre-heat the tun before mashing in:
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I was originally going to use Magnum for bittering but decided to go with the open packs of hops instead so it was Simcoe all the way:
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The Oat Husks in the mash:
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20min Steep of the Flameout hops:
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Initial Gravity reading was 1061, liquored back 2.5L to 1054:
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The usual go-to yeast, its easy and clean fermenting:
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A good brewday, the Oat Husks / Sparge worked really well and the wort was pretty clear for such a high percentage of Wheat Malt. The wort was smelling great too, put to bed in the fermentation fridge set to 20°c.

*7th Dec ’12 – Gravity at 1014 @about 22°c think its done but will give it another day before chilling it down. The Hydrometer sample tasted very nice too 🙂

*10th Dec ’12 – Down to 1013.5-ish, put on to chill down before bottling, still tasting good 🙂

*Bottled 16th Dec ’12 – with 100g White Sugar into about 20L of beer, still tastes good, would probably have been epic if I’d dry hopped 🙂

Is it cos I is Black – A Black IPA to be served from Cask at the forthcoming NCB Competition meet at Saltaire Brewery. Ali-G reference 🙂 init!  This wall be heavily dry hopped in two stages, first in the FV with Pellet hops, and secondly in the cask with whole hop cones.
I’m managing to use up a few bag ends too, Flaked Wheat, Munich Malt, NZ Cascade & Motueka 🙂

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 70.7%
Flaked Wheat – 8.7%
Munich Malt – 7.9%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 5.9%
Carafa Special III – 2.4%
Black Malt – 2.4%
Cara Aroma (Weyermann) – 1.9%

Hops:
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 60 mins – 20g – First Wort Hop
Columbus (Tomahawk) – 16 % @ 60 mins – 20g – First Wort Hop
Simcoe – 12.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g – 80c Steep
Chinook – 11.5 % @ 0 mins – 20g – 80c Steep
Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 0 mins – 20g – 80c Steep
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 30g – 80c Steep
Summit – 14.3 % @ 0 mins – 30g – 80c Steep
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 13g – 80c Steep
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 0 mins – 11g – 80c Steep

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 34 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 60 EBU
Colour: 129 EBC
Yeast: Safale us-05
Mash for 90mins, Boil for 60mins
Liquor Treatment: General Purpose with the Graham Wheeler Calculator

Malts, malt temp & Salt additions:
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Recirculating the first 4-5 litres, first Wort hops in the copper:
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154g of 80c steep hops:
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Should have been 1055, I got 1050, will do for me:
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Pump Clip Design:
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Mash efficiency was 83%, I added an extra litre in the sparge to compensate for extra hop-losses in the copper.
Another easy brewday followed by some messing around in Photoshop 🙂
I’ll update this post when I settle on which Dry Hops I’m going to use.

*4th March ’12 – Dry Hopped in FV with 20g of each of the following Pellets; Summit, Nelson Sauvin, Chinook & Cascade. Further whole hop dry-hopping in cask in about a weeks time.

*9th Mar ’12 – Racked this to cask and dry hopped with a further 25g Nelson Sauvin & 38g Simcoe (last of two bags), Allkleer Finings & 25g priming sugar used.
Bit of an pain having a homebrew FV fully dry hopped with Pellets, my Tea-ball syphon worked pretty well until the last couple of litres (critical litres to fill the cask) when it turned into a furry-pellet-blob and stopped flowing, the last little bit I had to jug a little murky beer into the cask.
So that is a Note-to-Self, don’t fully dry-hop the FV with pellets! I feel a mix of pellets & flowers would have not blocked up and a fully dry-hopped FV with flowers has no trouble at all syphoning.
I’d expect that if I had a chill-able Conical FV I could avoid most of this and draw-off the beer above the pellet sludge of rack-off the pellet debris first a day or so earlier.

*31st Mar ’12 – The first cask ale to run-off at the Northern Craft Brewers English IPA Competition at Saltaire Brewery

Trashy Black –  This is kind of an Up-scaled tweak on  AG#45 Trashy Blonde for the #BlackIPAoff with @Broadfordbrewer @BrotherLogic @MrFoleys
AG#45 was a pretty classy 4% beer so fingers crossed when this one is dry-hopped it will be nice and tasty.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 77%
Munich Malt – 10%
Caramalt – 5%
Wheat Malt – 5%
Carafa Special III – 3%

Hops:
Simcoe – 12.2 % @ 60 mins – 10g
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 60 mins – 10g
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 60 mins – 10g
Simcoe – 12.2 % @ 10 mins – 21g
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 10 mins – 21g
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 10 mins – 21g
Simcoe – 12.2 % @ 0 mins – 18g
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 0 mins – 18g
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 18g

Final Volume: 20 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.017
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 30.7 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 75 EBU (Hop Utilization set to 25%)
Colour: 93 EBC
Mash: 66c for 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor: General Purpose Treatment

The Malts:
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Today’s Brewday is brought to you by Simcoe, Motueka & NZ Cascade hops:
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First Wort Hops and tiny common salt addition:
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The Mash at 66c:
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Running from mash tun into copper:
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The gorgeous smelling 80c steep hops, apparently the house was smelling extra Hoppy today:
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Break material clumping as the Wort cools, the wort was tasty and already displaying a good bitterness:
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Bit of a lazy start to the day then for some reason the hop-stopper decided to block and required some ‘Spatulation’ with the plastic paddle.
Yeast Pitched, in the fridge at 20c. I’ll be dry hopping this with the same combo of hops after fermentation.

*18th Nov ’11 – Dry hopped with 10g Simcoe, 20g Motueka, 20g NZ Cascade

*20th Nov ’11 – Dry hopped with 10g Motueka, 10g NZ Cascade

*Bottled 27th Nov ’11 – with 71g of sugar, I’m drinking the last pint out of the bottling bucket as it tastes too good to throw away. Tastes smooth 🙂
Think it could have stood to be a bit more black, it might be a Trashy Brown!

*25th Jan ’12 Hopzine review of Trashy Black, thanks Rob much appreciated

Schwarz IPA – My first Black IPA, at 4% ABV with a healthy bitterness of 62 EBU, not quite a Hop-bomb but 150g of 80c steep hops should be enough following the bittering addition at 35mins (25mins after boil start).
My recipe takes a few things into account; some pre-weighed and mixed Pacific Gem & Magnum; the end of a sack of Pale malt; Part bags of Carafa Spesh III & Cara Aroma; Open bags of Hops.
A screwed up beer, its a German Hopped Black India Pale Ale… Nice 🙂

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 60.5%
Pale Malt – 19.5%
Carafa Special III – 5%
Wheat Malt – 5%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Cara Aroma (Weyermann) – 5%

Hops:
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 35 mins – 24g
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 35 mins – 24g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 0 mins – 53g (80c Steep for 30mins)
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 0 mins – 48g (80c Steep for 30mins)
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3.0 % @ 0 mins – 49g (80c Steep for 30mins)

Dry Hops:
Tettnang – 50g
Crystal hops – 50g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.011
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 31.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 62 EBU
Colour: 119 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 68c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment: GW Calc ‘Lager’

The malts and temp:
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Today’s hopping, Bittering from Pacific Gem & Magnum, 80c Steep from Hersbrucker; Magnum & Mittlefruh:
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I recircuated about 6 litres to get a good clear flow of wort:
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Boiling away nicely:
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Bittering hops going in:
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150g of 80c Steep hops:
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Got 89% Mash Efficiency, hit a few points over my target OG after the boil and liquored back to 1042 with Hydrometer reading (1039 with Refractometer) I’m not sure which I trust.
I’m starting to get a better feel for the new mash tun and can cope with having to add 2.5 Litres of cooled boiled liquor after the boil 🙂

*16th July ’11 Gravity @ 1010 and looks like its done. Tasting interesting, bitterness coming through and roasty finish. I’ve decided on dry Hopping with 50g Tettnang & 50g Crystal hops, moving away slightly from the German theme with the Crystal but it does have some German Mittlefruh parentage.

*Bottled 24th Jul ’11 with 70g White Sugar, dry hopping probably kept hold of 1-2 Litres of beer, tastes a bit grassy for my liking maybe it will take a few weeks to settle down.


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