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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 🙂

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….????

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

Odd Ends Stout – This is going to be as black as a black thing, the mash starting to colour well straight after mashing in 🙂
This recipe uses up a load of odd bits of malt up, some fairly old but frozen Willamette hops and a few Sovereign hops left from last weeks Porter. 

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 3400g – 63.1%
Carafa Special III – 405g – 7.6%
Lager Malt – 400g – 7.4%
Flaked Maize – 375g – 7%
Amber Malt – 270g – 5.1%
Brown Malt – 235g – 4.4%
Black Malt – 100g – 1.9%
Flaked Oats – 92g – 1.7%
Crystal Malt, Dark – 48g – 0.9%
Chocolate Malt – 28g – 0.5%
Crystal Rye Malt – 22g – 0.4%

Hops:
Willamette @ 60 mins – 48g
Willamette @ 30 mins – 48g
Sovereign @ 5 mins – 25g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.017
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.7 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 38 EBU
Colour: 253 EBC

90 minute Mash with 60 minute boil.
Yeast is Nottingham
Water treatment is almost the General purpose profile in the GW calc with the Calcium Chloride upped to the same amount as the Calcium Sulphate.
Calcium Sulphate: 6.3g
Calcium Chloride: 6.3g
Magnesium Sulphate: 3g
I omitted the common salt & chalk additions.

Blended malts & Water Treatment Salts:
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Strike Temp:
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Doughing in, the Mash smelt of Bitter Chocolate & Coffee:
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Mash Temp aimed for and attained:
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Hops at FWH, 30mins, 5mins, protafloc & old yeast:
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Blooming good mash efficiency:
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FWH getting the First runnings from the Mash Tun:
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Boiler Almost full:
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Natural Gas burner:
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30min Hops going in:
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5 minute hops and old yeast as nutrient going in:
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1052+ on the Hydrometer, the refractometer says 14 brix which is near as dam it 1055:
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All cleared up, yeast pitched,  House Smells of Stout! 😉

*Bottled 23rd Nov ’10 with 65g white sugar

AG#28 – Imperial Stout (Exceeding the Mechanical Limit!)
Things were going really well until I took a pre-boil gravity and realised I was way off the mark!
Possibly needed a longer Mash duration and probably needed a higher percentage of Pale Malt to fully convert the other malts & adjuncts. I had assumed that the combined percentages of Pale Malt, Wheat Malt & Munich Malt would have been enough for the Mash to convert OK
I kind of rescued the OG partially with a couple of bags of Dry Spray Malt. Recipe alterations needed!!!

The Mash Tun was exceedingly full and I was wondering how I would sparge but it actually sparged really well with 3x 5Litre top-ups following an initial run-off of 5Litres. I started really early and was all done with ‘something’ in the FV, yeast pitched, around 11.30am 🙂
Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 2450g – 32%
Wheat Malt – 1530g – 20%
Munich Malt – 1150g – 15%
Caramalt – 765g – 10%
Roasted Barley – 305g – 4%
Chocolate Malt – 305g – 4%
Flaked Barley – 305g – 4%
Flaked Maize – 230g – 3%
Flaked Oats – 150g – 2%
Black Malt – 150g – 2%
Brown Malt – 150g – 2%
Amber Malt – 150g – 2%

Hops:
Admiral @ 60 mins 70g
Whitbread Golding @ 10 mins 20g
Bobek @ 0 mins 10g

Final Volume: 15 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.110
Final Gravity: 1.034
Alcohol Content: 10.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 27.2 Litres
Mash Liquor: 19.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 80 EBU
Colour: 464 EBC

The Pictures of this cock-up:
Mash Temp:
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First Runnings:
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FWH:
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Boil-over after adding DSM:
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OG:
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At least 4 times as much Nottingham Yeast as I’d put in a normal brew:
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I will brew something like this again, with a better recipe!!! Though I’ll probably need some more Roasted Barley before I do.

This mornings (the day after) Yeasty Action:
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This is currently threatening the bucket lid!

*Bottled 16th Jun ’10 with 25g Muscovardo sugar

*Taster Bottle 7th Aug 2010
Fair enough,  I’ve Just cracked open a tester 😉
Pours thick and Black with some ruby/brown tints to the head, though the head soon dies down leaving just a subtle carbonation.
The Aroma is alcohol!
The Body is amazing, thick, smooth and creamy.
The taste has mellowed pretty well, the liquorice notes are still there but more subtle.
Bitter edge is like the bitterness you get from really dark chocolate with some powderiness as if like Instant coffee.

I best leave well alone now for 6 months or so 😉

*16th May ’11 Taster:
Big on the liquorice still, smooth and very drinkable, it really is worth making these big mad beers just so you can appreciate how time changes them for the better.

Its a two Batch day, I’m doing 12 litres a piece and actually taking my time over it. I decided to Mash then Sparge and collect, then Mash then Sparge and collect followed by 2 boils.

AG#13 – Bloody Nelson

Fermentables:
Golden Promise 2090g
Wheat Malt 260g
German Cara Red 260g

Hops:
Nelson Sauvin 60 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin 15 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g
Nelson Sauvin 0 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 20g (I’ve doubled this from 10g as the hops were smelling good)

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 34 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

The Grains, golden promise pale malt, wheat malt, carared malt, 1 tsp gypsum:
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New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 67.7c:
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FWH & 1 Tsp Gypsum:
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Floaters:
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12g of Nottingham Yeast:
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20min steep of flame Out hops:
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Rehydrated Notts yeast within 1 degree of my wort temp:
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All put to bed now, lots of yeast for the 12L length, should get going pretty quick.
I’m not too sure if the CaraRed Malt has done its stuff, looked a bit straw-like in the boiler, will see better at bottling.
Near as damn it hit my OG just a point or two out. 🙂

AG#14 – Black Promise

Fermentables:
Golden Promise 1880g
Wheat Malt 260g
Black Malt 100g
Crystal Malt 100g

Hops:
Northdown 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Fuggle 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 20 mins 20g
Home Grown Fuggle 10 mins 21g

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 5.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 36 EBU
Colour: 86 EBC

Grain weighed out, golden promise pale malt, black malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, 1 tsp gypsum, 1/2 tsp Calcium Chloride:
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New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 66c:
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Good deep colour, though tastes a bit mild I was hoping for more of the Black malt flavours:
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FWH:
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WGV going in!:
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Home grown Fuggles going in:
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Near enough for me:
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All done, I just hope the Black malt comes through with the flavour as well as the colour. 🙂

**Bottled Bloody Nelson 27th Nov ’09 with 50g of DSM

**Black Promise *Bottled 3rd Dec ’09 with 55g of DSM

Today, I shall mostly be making a Timothy Taylors Landlord 🙂 www.timothytaylor.co.uk

The recipe will be coming from the Graham Wheeler book.
12 litre brew length in my 15L mash tun with just a couple of additions to the recipe:
2% Crystal
10g Bobek @ Zero Minutes
Caramelise the first 2L runnings.
Apparently the Taylors spring water comes from Limestone country in the Yorkshire dales so I’ve added some Calcium Carbonate to the mash along with Gypsum

The Grain, Chalk and Gypsum:
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Mashed in @ 66.8 C:
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pH is around about right, maybe a little low:
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Hops prepared and Stacked in order of use, water treatment and a little yeast nutrient and Protafloc tablets:
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These are looking good:
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Clive the Brewers assistant, happily sun bathing while I was taking pictures of the hops:
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Mash finished at 65 C, ran over 15mins to 105 minute mash:
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Recirculating the first couple of litres:
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First Batch Sparge, the big jug in the back ground has the 2 litres for caramelisation, second batch sparge stuck and took some prodding to get it to run off, I might sack the False bottom and make a copper manifold:
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First Wort Hops (FWH) and water treatments:
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Boiling the heck out of the 2L:
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Bandit, Brewers Second assistant:
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Anyone for Toffee?? This stuff tastes yummy! This was added back to the boiler:
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The Cooler doing its stuff:
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Pitching Whitelabs Edinburgh Ale yeast, 1 litre starter from a tube I’m splitting:
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Round about right, give or take the odd point or two, which means my volumes were pretty much on target:
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Not a bad one, breakfast and lunch had amongst it, the caramelisation took about 90 mins so that has slowed me down a touch, wort tastes pretty good with a good kick of Styrians (Bobek).

**Update** 19/09/09 – Had a sneaky sample from the trial jar, its down to its FG nicely and it taste, well… rather Landlordy 😉 Maybe lacking a bit of Crystal Malt or Dark Crystal, maybe worth adding a bit more next time. Time will tell when its fully matured.

**Update** Bottled 22/09/09 with 50g household sugar, bottled in Timothy Taylors bottles and I’ll be printing some labels like this:
… Subtle changes 😉
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It goes like this:
Hop Back Entire Stout – 5-Litres

  • Dried Malt Extract Pale: 725 grams (Actually used 500g Light DME and 225g Medium DME)
  • Crystal Malt: 32 grams
  • Chocolate Malt: 32 grams
  • Roasted Barley: 32 grams
  • Black Malt: 18 grams (not called for but I needed to up the colour with something)
  • Challenger: 90 mins – 10 grams
  • East Kent Golding: 15 mins – 4 grams

The Ingredients:

The Spray Malt Dissolved:

The Colour Change after Grains and Hops added, nice boil going on:

Used So4 yeast

    Final Volume: 5 Litres (actually got abot 4.5 L)
    Original Gravity: 1.055 (actual OG in picture below)
    Final Gravity: 1.015
    Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
    Bitterness: 41 EBU
    Colour: 171 EBC

Got a bit less than I wanted and nearly 10 points higher gravity, wonder if it will go off like rocket through the bubbler!
Pics:


🙂
Thanks to:
http://www.hopandgrain.com – for the AG recipe.
Graham Wheeler’s book and Beer Engine software – for helping me work out a small batch.
http://www.barleybottom.com for the Hops and Grain malts.

*A few hours later*

*The morning after*

*Bottled today, 18th April 2009*
Original Gravity (OG): 1066
Final Gravity (FG): 1020
Alcohol Content ABV: 6.04%
After a sneaky little taste while bottling it tastes quite sweet, looks like a different yeast might have chewed through the malt a bit better, but 6.04% is pretty fair. I just hope my 1/3 Tsp priming sugar has enough viable yeast to carbonate.


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