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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 🙂

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….????

London Porterish II – Maybe to be re-named, my first brew for the www.gbhomebrew.co.uk competition. The brew is based on my last London Porter which was based on the Fullers London Porter, the Fullers is a lovely beer.

Malts:
Pale Malt – 70%
Brown Malt – 15%
Crystal Malt – 8%
Chocolate Malt – 5%
Extra Dark Crystal Malt – 2%

Hops:
Goldings – 11EBU @60mins
Challenger – 17EBU @ 60mins
Goldings – 11g @ 0mins
Challenger – 30g @ 0mins

OG 1060
Predicted FG 1016
ABV 5.7%
EBU 29
EBC
Yeast Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment to Porter profile in the GW Calc less the common Salt

I had a Brew Monkey today, Dave, BroadfordBrewer from THBF… he took a few phone pictures throughout the day… Thanks
We had a few beers, brewed a little, ate some food, and had a few more beers, a jolly good natter along the way made for an enjoyable day :)
Hit our OG near as damn it, couple of litres down on volume tough, Mash efficiency a rather poxy 70%.
I’m hoping to better my last London Porter with more Maltiness and a slightly more assertive hop flavour presence.

Malts, Temp and Liquor treatment:
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Mash temp of 66c aimed for and achieved:
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Doughing in:
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Weighing a few hops:
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First Runnings:
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Spooning the copper:
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Preparing to run to the fermenter:
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1060 (2 divisions in the meniscus):
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*Bottled 18th Sep ’11 with 65g of Sugar, tasting very good.

*4th Dec ’11 – After initially tasting bloody gorgeous about a week after bottling it tailed off a bit, but now after a good bit of maturation in bottle is is bloody gorgeous again 🙂 Very happy, a pretty perfect winter tipple 🙂

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

London Porterish – This is a bit of a user-upper / Christmas gift / Christmas beer / a beer I only recently tasted at a beer fest and thought was amazing (Fullers London Porter). So this recipe is based around the one in the Graham Wheeler book, though a touch of Wheat malt added for head and the mix of Crystal malts is using up odd ends of malt. Hops are Sovereign which I have never used before.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 3990g – 70%
Brown Malt –  625g – 11%
Crystal Malt – 340g – 6%
Wheat Malt – 285g – 5%
Chocolate Malt – 225g – 4%
Crystal Rye Malt – 170g – 3%
Crystal Malt, Dark – 57g – 1%

Hops:
Sovereign @ 60 mins – 56g
Sovereign @ 10 mins – 19g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.058
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Total Liquor: 34 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 33 EBU
Colour: 144 EBC
60min Mash @ 68c
60min Boil
Cooled to 21c before pitching yeast
Mash treated with General Profile in the GW water treatment calc
3g of common Salt added to copper at the end of the boil

Updates on my Twitter-T.watter page – https://twitter.com/pdtnc
Malts, Temp & Salt additions:
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The three tier:
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Waste of time checking pH as usual:
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Mash efficiency 95.3%!:
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First runnings being recycled, FWH & old yeast ready in copper:
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10min hop addition:
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StarSan-ing everything that will touch sterile clean wort:
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My Mash was on at 8.05am
The Boil started at 10.30am
I collected 30litres @ 13.5 Brix
Cooling from boiling took 10mins & 44Litres of water to 33c, then 3mins more to 21c. The 44L was collected in the HLT @ 42c
Original Gravity was 1056 with hydrometer, 14.9 Brix with refractometer (1058, Bang on to recipe) 🙂
Started Run-off to FV at 12:00, taking it slowly probably took the best part of an hour.
The Wort & Hops were smelling lovely 🙂

*Bottled 17th Nov ’10 with 65g of Soft Brown Sugar Came down to FG 1020 ish, needs some age for the dark malts to meld into something lush 🙂

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.

The Plan… to make a solid wholesome malty pint with English hops and a fruity Blackcurrant flavour & Aroma from Bramling Cross hops 🙂
I’m starting this brew off and getting all my liquor from my hot & cold feeds in the garage today, probably try and tidy up a little while the mash is on too. (Note to self B&Q Pushfits are crap, can’t get the buggers back off, glad I only bought one of them)

Bramling XB – (Bramling Cross Bitter)

Fermentables:
Maris Otter 2700 grams 60.8%
Flaked Barley 500 grams 11.3%
Brown Malt 500 grams 11.3% (Bag end from work which will hopefully balance the Blackcurrant of the Bramlings)
Munich Malt 500 grams 11.3%
Caramalt 200 grams 4.5%
Chocolate Malt 40 grams 0.9% (Just to add a little deeper colour)

Hops:
Challenger 20g @ 60mins (FWH)
Fuggle 30g @ 30mins
Bramling Cross 20g @ 15mins
Bramling Cross 20g @ 0mins for 80c steep

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.7 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.1 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 33 EBU
Colour: 46 EBC

Mash Temp aimed at 67c to keep some body
Yeast Safale s-04
1 Tsp Gypsum to Mash + 1 to boil
Mash on at 8.50am

Twittered some pics as I went https://twitter.com/pdtnc

The Malt bill:
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Mash Start temp, not far off my aim of 67c:
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Hops all weighed out:
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First batch sparge just sitting before running off, and it ran off beautifully:
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First Wort Hops (FWH) just going in on the first spargings:
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80c Steep hops left for 30mins before cooling to 23c:
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Dropped from a good height caused a heck of a lot of foam:
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Aiming for 1042, so this is near enough for me:
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Brewday seemed to go really easy, very relaxed, it seems having a dedicated area for brewing is going to smooth things out considerably… and I’m far from organised at the moment! 🙂
The wort was tasting pretty nice, though there were lots of roasted and biscuit aromas while the boil was on, will be interested how this one turns out, its a nice deep tawny copper/brown by the looks of it too :)

Bottled 25th Apr ’10 with 60g Sugar priming


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