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I’ve been pondering on this one for a while, I think this is going to make a good combo of Hops… with hopefully a slightly spicy edge from the Crystal Rye and some good maltiness. Thats the plan at least!

Nelson Brucker

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 2740g – 75% (Actually 3650g as I weighed the total grain amount rather than the Pale malt!)
Crystal Rye Malt – 365g – 10%
Munich Malt – 365g – 10%
Torrefied Wheat – 180g – 5%

Hops:
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 60 mins 15g
Nelson Sauvin @ 60 mins 15g
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 15 mins 40g
Nelson Sauvin @ 15 mins 20g
Nelson Sauvin @ 0 mins 20g
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 0 mins 30g

Final Volume: 23 Litres – I’ve been going against my half batches a bit lately ;)
Original Gravity: 1.040 – (Actually 1.050 due to Pale malt mess up!)
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV – (Actually 5%)
Total Liquor: 32 Litres
Mash Liquor: 9.1 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 85 % – I’m starting out at 85% now rather than 75% (Actual Efficiency was 86.2%)
Bitterness: 42 EBU – (Actually 39 as I added 5 mins to boil to compensate a little)
Colour: 28 EBC – (Actually 30EBC, though it does look a nice colour)

Today’s malts:
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Weighing out the salts:
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Boring Mash shot:
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Our hops today are…:
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First runnings going into the copper with First Wort hops:
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Copper about Half full, collected a total of 30L @ 10.2Brix = 1.039, 108% Mash Efficiency??!! I think I must have weighed something wrong?! Maybe an extra kilo of Pale if it looks like its going to be a 5.1% after the boil:
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Weirdly I managed to hit 1040!:
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Quite like this colour, its Beer coloured:
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Pitched Safale US-05 at 22-23c
The post boil gravity was 1043 according to the Refractometer’s 11.2brix which should make the 4% beer I was aiming for if it finishes at 1012! (I’m a little confused about all this, should I really stick to 75% mash efficiency in my recipe software?)
1043 – 1012 x 0.129=3.999% ABV

*Bottled 22nd Sept ’10 with 75g White Sugar

Kurgan’s Candy – This uses the Candy Sugar I made the other day to make a fairly strong Belgian Ale with some Duvel yeast cultured up from a bottle to a 1 Litre starter.

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt 2000g 42.5%
Lager Malt 2000g 42.5%
Sugar,Belgian Candy Light 250g 5.3%
Muscovardo Candy Light 250g 5.3%
Torrefied Wheat 200g 4.3%

Hops:
Bobek @ 60 mins 52g (Start of Boil)
Saaz @ 10 mins 36g

Final Volume: 15 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.067
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Total Liquor: 25.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 28 EBU
Colour: 50 EBC – Roughly speaking!

Mash will be 90mins, Boil will be 60mins, Mash Temp will be 68c.
Yeast is cultured from a bottle of Duvel and is a 1 Litre Starter.

Lager malt, Wheat Malt, Torrefied Flaked Wheat, 1 Tsp Gypsum with thermometer stuck in it ready for the morning:
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My home made Belgian (Yorkshire) Candy Sugar, LH dehydrated pee colour, RH 50/50 White Sugar & Light Muscovardo, both taken to Hard Crack:
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The rest will follow tomorrow :)
*Tomorrow comes, Mash was on at 7.55am
No Mash picture as its just a mash!
Big Bag of Bobek & Some Saaz Hops:
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Just Waiting for the Mash, everything prepared. Old lager yeast to use as Yeast Nutrient in the boil, Half a Protafoc tablet, Scales, Thermometer, Refractometer, fully Tooled up!:
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Refractometer conversion & Mash Efficiency:
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End of Mash Temp, It started at 68c:
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Light Straw coloured wort going into the copper:
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Bobek going in at the start of boil:
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I added the Lighter candy sugar after 15mins:
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Then the Darker candy sugar after 30mins:
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Recycling the IC coolng water to the HLT for later cleaning:
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Saaz hops going in at 10mins left of boil:
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OG 1061, supposed to be 1067 but I’m not bothered:
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Light straw?:
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Leftovers:
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Some stuff going onΒ  – https://twitter.com/pdtnc

*This mornings Yeasty Head:
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*Bottling update*

*Bottled 1st Aug ’10 with 60g of Light brown Sugar, tasting pretty good as a subtle Belgian.

*Tasted 5/9/10
Aroma:Β  Subtle Pear drops & Banana
Taste:Β  Spicy with more Pear Drops & some Sourness (possibly getting some of the Bobek & a bit of the Muscovardo in the finish)

Rather too easy drinking for a 7.5% πŸ˜‰

My Twentieth All Grain…!

This is a tweaked re-brew of my ‘Munich Blauer Vogel‘ which was based around the Coniston Bluebird recipe which drunk very well and I plan to try and keep it in stock as a House Bitter.
This time I’ve done it at a slightly lower ABV and also dropping the bitterness a bit with something I learned at work about blending hops to smooth out any inaccuracies, hence the addition of Bramling Cross for half of the bittering. Adding a bit of Wheat Malt for head retention.
I had some nice fresh acid-washed yeast from work which I will probably have to rouse from time to time as it works well with some added oxygen.

Uber Bluebird mkII

Fermentables:
Maris Otter 3100g – 77.5%
Munich Malt 500g – 12.5%
Wheat Malt 200g – 5%
Crystal Malt 200g – 5%

Hops:
Challenger @ 60 mins 21g (FWH)
Bramling Cross @ 60 mins 21g (FWH)
Challenger @ 20 mins 20g
Challenger @ 0 mins 20g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.039
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.3 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 36 EBU
Colour: 16 EBC

There aren’t many photos as I had a busy morning, the Mash was on at 8.45am and I had to go out so it is going to be a longer than 90min mash.
Mashing at a planned 66c which turned out to be 66.6c so near enough.

The malts and Gypsum:
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Hops:
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Leftovers:
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Saltaire Brewery Yeast:
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FWH:
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OG pretty damn close to 1039 predicted:
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Trub and cooler with last bit of wort running off:
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The FV was looking a little full so I jugged out a few litres into a plastic demijohn, thought it best as I’m expecting a frothy creamy explosion, I pitched approx 75g of Saltaire yeast:
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I would have been done ages ago if I hadn’t had things to do this morning. Wort tastes good, lots of fizzy challenger bitterness πŸ™‚Β  I was going to do a yeast comparrison with Nottingham but I really couldn’t be bothered, I’ll do a basic pale with Fuggles & Goldings with 5% crystal for a yeast comparrison… and besides I fancy and nice wholesome earthy F&G hopped ale πŸ™‚

**update for yeast activity, within 4 hours I had good signs of life, this morning I have a deep frothy head πŸ™‚

Yeast head after approx 24 hours from pitching:
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*Bottled 16th Feb ’10


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