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Vienna Blonde – fair enough, this is not a Vienna lager recipe but I’m after an easy drinking beer for Christmas which anyone can drink. All German hops and done with subtlety, used the Mild Water profile from THBF Liquor Treatment Calculator to give it a healthy dose of Chloride.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 80%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 10%
Vienna Malt – 10%

Hops:
Magnum – 12.7 % @ 60 mins – 13g (FWH)
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3.0 % @ 5 mins – 23g
Tettnang – 3.8 % @ 5 mins – 23g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.037
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol Content: 3.6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 20 EBU
Colour: 4 EBC
Mash: 60mins, Aimed for 69°c and got 68°c
Yeast: Safale us-05

The tiny amount of First wort hops:
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This was the Mash pH:
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A restrained amount of late hops:
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The OG pre-liquorback:
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After liquoring back I had around 24 litres, which will probably escape the FV once things start fermenting!

*30th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1011.5, tasting those lageresque flavours with hints of honey, not bad at all its a nice little hop combo.

*Bottled 8th Dec ’13 – with 127g White sugar, hopefully be nice and crisp once its carbonated up.

*14th Dec ’13 – Early taster, a bready nose with some sweetness, woody with some floral in the mouth, a subtle decaying woodiness goes nicely with the smooth balanced bitterness, carbonation is a nice full pallet tingle, body is enough, just a hint of greenness. Maybe a slightly hotter mash and a lower percentage of Carapils.

UK Cascade – Trying out a Single Hop UK-grown Cascade brew. Using up the end of a sack of Lager Malt and thought I’d throw in some nice German Munich and give it some body with the Carapils, and I’d just got some Melanoidin malt so in went some of that 😉
The UK Cascade hops were bought from Charles Farams as a 5kg Freshpak, so I’ve got a few spare & Vac-packed if anyone wants some.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 67.5%
Munich Malt II (Weyermann) – 10.5%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 9.3%
Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 7%
Melanoidin Malt – 5.6%

Hops:
UK Cascade – 5.7 % 60 mins – 50g (First Wort Hopped)
UK Cascade – 5.7 % 15 mins – 40g
UK Cascade – 5.7 % 0 mins – 40g (20-30min steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.041
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.6 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 39 EBU
Colour: 13 EBC
Yeast: Safale us-05
Mashed at 67°c (actually aimed for 68°c but what the hey) mash duration was well passed 90mins as I was out with the dogs, and i ended up with over 87% Mash Efficiency.

The Mash, you can really smell the Melanoidin Malt:
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Sparging Temp in the HLT:
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First Wort Hops and first runnings, I used the Sweet Pale Ale profile in the GW Calc for my Liquor Treatment:
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A goodly amount of UK Cascade @ 15mins:
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Steeping, Hop soup, a fair amount of seeds in these uk Cascade:
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Near as damn it, think the Refractometer said 10.4 brix so OG 1040:
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Ran off to FV in quick-sticks, lovely clear wort (why I didn’t make a mesh hop-stopper sooner I don’t know!) and pitched US-05:
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Easy brewday, I bottled AG#76 after brewing 🙂 Yeast pitched at 20°c and put in fermentation Fridge set at 20°c

*13th Apr ’12 – Had a little trial jar taste, Gravity down to 1010-ish, some flavour a bit like what I got in my Revolutions Comp Brew that I didn’t enter, I feel this may be either the Re-packaged yeast I used (most probable) or the fermenting bucket is contaminated.

*14th Apr ’12 – Had another taste in a glass rather than a trial jar, I was maybe a bit quick to judge though there is something underlying. I shall stick to original packaged Safale us-05 from now on I think, maybe it had been in my fridge too long before pitching.

*Bottled 21st Apr ’12 – with 80g of white sugar, I actually wonder if the flavour I’m getting is the Melanoidin Malt… I’ll have to get someone in the know to have a taste and tell me its pants! 😉


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