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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….????

Hop Sap IPA – I was planning to do a Liquorice stout but thought stuff it I want some in-yer-face hops, I’ll dry hop this in the FV for about a week.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 82%
Cara Belge (Weyermann) – 8.7%
Wheat Malt – 4.8%
Flaked Barley – 3.5%
Amber Malt – 1%

Hops:
Willamette – 6.4 % @ 60 mins – 63g
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 30 mins – 27g
Chinook – 12.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)
NZ Cascade – 10.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g (80c steep for 20-30mins)

Dry Hops:
Magnum – 5g
Chinook – 50g
Citra – 28g
NZ Cascade – 35g
Columbus – 20g
Simcoe – 60g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.4 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 % (actually hit 85.5%)
Bitterness: 70 EBU
Colour: 12 EBC
Yeast: Safale US-05
Copper Finings: 1/2 Protafloc Tablet

Bucket of malts, 5.584kg:
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Mash on at 66c:
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Gypsum, Epsom, Salt, I used THBF Liquor Treatment calculator for Pale Ale:
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Hops for the copper, I’ll probably dry hop too:
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Fairly tidy view of my brew area:
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My Brewday Record Sheet:
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In go the start of boil Willamette hops:
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I made a thing while i was in the garage, the thinking was for somewhere to put all my brewing books in the garage, It looked a lot better than this in my head!:
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Almost finished running off from the copper to the FV, I was using the Immersion Cooler today:
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I forgot to that a hydro shot, though in any case I hit the nail on the head… if I hadn’t started trying to be creative with wood it would have been a easy day! 😀

*21st Jun ’12 – Dry hopped today at 20°c with about 200g of Blitzed up hops, the food processor didn’t like it! I’ll drop the temp tomorrow once I’ve double checked the gravity is steady at 1013.

*30th Jun ’12 – chilling to 4c for a couple of days before bottling to drop some hop debris out. Tastes bloody good, just what I was after 🙂

*Bottled 3rd Jul ’12 with 78g white sugar, tastes pretty good bit sharper with stirring up the hops which retained about 3-4 litres of perfectly good beer!! I’ll make sure I blitz them for longer in the food processor next time so hopefully they will settle out to a thinner layer of mush rather than loads of still whole hops!

*7th Jul ’12 – Early taster, while out with the Leeds Homebrewers at Ilkley Brewery, Bloody fantastic 🙂 very pleased just need a little more time to carbonate up properly 🙂

*15th Jul ’12 – Tastes blooming good 🙂

Brown and Sticky – brewing again today because I want to test out my new Mesh-Hop-Stopper after yesterday’s fiasco with my US-Brown Ale, so today I’m doing another American Brown and throwing a shed load of Columbus at it again and a further shed load of pellet hops just to try and screw it up. This could lead to another crappy end to an otherwise good brewday, we shall see… fingers crossed!

I’m worried that the stainless mesh resting on the base of the Gas-fired copper is going to have a damping effect on the rolling action of the boil, it certainly does when tested with boiling water, so this brew is also to see if it kills the roll with wort too.

Seeing as this is a very impromptu brewday I might even throw in 2 packs Safelager W-34/70 and make it a Steam Beer, so instead of being called ‘Brown & Sticky’ it would be ‘Steaming Brown & Sticky’ 😉 I quite like the latter naming option 😉  Its obviously going to be a cross-over style American Brown vs Steam Beer.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 74%
Flaked Barley – 10%
Caramalt – 9%
Crystal Malt, Extra Dark – 3%
Chocolate Malt – 2%
Chocolate Wheat Malt – 1%
Chocolate Malt, Pale – 1%

Hops:
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 60 mins – 10g (First Wort Hop)
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 30 mins – 25g
Chinook Pellet – 12.9 % @ 0 mins – 20g
Cascade Pellet – 5.9 % @ 0 mins – 20g
Columbus (Tomahawk) Whole – 16.5 % @ 0 mins – 80g
Rakau (Organic) Pellet – 11.5 % @ 0 mins – 89g (all Late hops will have a 20-30min steep)

Dry Hops:
Maybe…

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.045
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.3% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % (reduced as I only just hit 75% yesterday)
Bitterness: 47 EBU (25% Utilisation)
Colour: 75 EBC

Malt & Temp:
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Lots of Pellet hops:
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New mesh Hop-Stopper with first wort hops:
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First batch spargings running onto the new Hop-stopper and First Wort Columbus hops:
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Its an altered boil alright, it rumbles around to its self and splatters occasionally, seems active enough:
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In go 80g of Whole Columbus and 129g of Pellet hops:
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OG: 1043/44, Refractometer said I was right on the money at 1045:
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Torch held at the back of the trial jar, wort was nice and clear in comparrison to some of the wort I’ve had lately:
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Loads of sludge in the copper, the new Mesh Hop-Stopper worked a treat and drained right down with the syphon effect sucking loads of wort out of the pellet sludge:
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Maybe not the nicest looking soldering but it blooming well worked:
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The Mash was on at 12:25 and I was all cleaned up by about 17:00, it all went rather smoothly.  Maybe its time to start using my Plate Chiller as leedsbrew suggested! 2 packs of Saflager W34/70 Yeast pitched at 19-20c I’ll leave it on the cold garage floor to cool down overnight and let it go from there.

*24th Mar ’12 – FG 1011-12 put in fridge to warm up a little for a, probably un-needed, diacetyl rest. No dry hopping this tastes fantastic and clean as it is with a nice bit of bitterness coming through, I may actually transfer to a secondary FV and Lager this for a while (must ask a few Lagering questions on JBK).

*7th Apr ’12 – Bottled with 75g of White Sugar, tasting rather nice it has so far exceeded my expectations 🙂 I never bothered with any Dry hopping, I’ll be looking forward to this once its Carbonated up.

Liquorice & Treacle Stout – I’ve been thinking about both liquorice and treacle in a stout for a while. This is going to be V.1 (proceed with caution) and next weekend I will do a V.2 (less cautious) with a lot more Treacle in it, somewhere between 2-5% of the malt bill.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 1990g – 70.3%
Flaked Barley – 280g – 10%
Caramalt – 280g – 10%
Roasted Barley – 125g – 4.5%
Chocolate Malt – 125g – 4.5%
Sugar, Black Treacle – 21g – 0.7%

Hops:
Centennial @ 60 mins – 17g
Centennial @ 5 mins – 9g

Copper Additions:
Liquorice Powder @ 5mins – 10.4g
Protafloc Tablet @ 15-20mins – Half a Tablet

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 5% ABV
Total Liquor: 19 Litres
Mash Liquor: 7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 37 EBU
Colour: 235 EBC

Water treatment to the Stout Profile in the GW Calc, added to the Malts and blended / Mashing in.
Mash for 90mins and Boil for 60mins.
Yeast probably just Safale S-04.

The malts, pale malt; caramalt; roasted barley; chocolate malt; flaked barley:
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Mini Mash Tun in use for the first time in ages, it just manages this brew length:
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Treacle weighed out:
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Liquorice Powder weighed out:
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First batch sparge:
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In go the Bittering hops, Centennial:
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its 1054/55, so near as damn it on the money:
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I cooled a bit far, oops, popped it by the radiator in the Kitchen to warm up:
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Kind of a drawn out brewday as I was finishing off the 50L brewery I was making.

*Bottled 15th Dec ’10 with 30g White Sugar, tasting plenty liquorice and hints of the Treacle still in there 🙂

Double Brewday Sunday, this is the first. There’s a few pics on my https://twitter.com/pdtnc

Flakey Mild Entire Stout

Fermentables:
Lager Malt 2700g – 57.3%
Mild Ale Malt 1000g – 21.2%
Chocolate Malt 250g – 5.3%
Roasted Barley 200g – 4.2%
Flaked Oats 180g – 3.8%
Flaked Barley 180g – 3.8%
Caramalt 100g – 2.1%
Crystal Malt, Dark 100g – 2.1%

Hops:
Progress @ 90 mins – 57g
Saaz @ 10 mins – 40g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 33 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 42 EBU
Colour: 189 EBC

Temp of dry malts:
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Mash Temp:
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First runnings going into the copper with Progress FWH:
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Near as damn it hit my predicted 1044:
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The Twins:
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Safale s-04 yeast Pitched at 23c, hopefully an easy drinking tasty stout 😉

*Cornie + Bottled 4th Sept ’10 bottles with 1/2 Tsp White Sugar, Keg to Force Carbonate 30 psi and disconnected (to be checked periodically).

The second brew of Sunday’s Double Brewday 😉 A serious Hoppy pretty large beer!

Imperial Amarillo Wheat

Fermentables:
Munich Malt 3160g 46.2%
Wheat Malt 2680g 39.1%
Lager Malt 665g 9.8%
Caramalt 335g 4.9%

Hops:
Amarillo @ 60 mins – 250g (First Wort Hops)
Amarillo @ 15 mins – 100g
Amarillo @ 0 mins – 100g (Flameout Steep for 20mins)
Amarillo 80g (To Dry Hop)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.066 – I actually got 1.059 ish
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Total Liquor: 35.1 Litres
Mash Liquor: 17.1 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 244 EBU – Bitterness surprisingly nice tasting the unfermented wort!
Colour: 26 EBC – The Colour is lovely

Mashed for 90mins @ 66c, Boiled for 60mins, took an age to cool with loads of stirring!

Quite a Full bucket of malt:
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FWH, 250g of Amarillo:
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Hops in the copper, there is some wort underneath!:
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100g at 15mins left to boil:
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Hop Stew, the spoon just stands up in it there are so many hops in the copper:
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There is a IC in there somewhere:
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About 5 points low on my target, I was half expecting this with such a large amount of Munich Malt coupled with the massive amount of Hops in addition to the compensated 5 Litres of losses guestimate!:
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The Twins:
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😉 US-05 dry sprinkled at 23c
I’m guessing the US-05 will finish lower than predicted so the ABV will hopefully be around that predicted.

*Bottled 4th Sept ’10 with 65g White Sugar

*Last of the bottles 3rd March ’12, yes… 2012! This has really changed, this was a Brewdog-esque in-yer-face Bitter-bastard of a beer, now it is delicate and refined with honey sweet notes on the nose, an altogether different beer. I would put it in the same class as an aged Fullers ‘Brewers Reserve’, its making me want to brew it again and just leave 40 bottles well alone for 2 years before tasting. Mmmmm 🙂

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

I’m doing a stout that I did as an extract recipe, it got lots of praise from mates at the time so now its time for the all grain 😉  The original Extract brew is here

I’m off to a worse than expected start, I’m not liking the look of sitting my copper on the shiny new range cooker in the kitchen, even with just the mash liquor in it its looking a bit heavy for it! Arse!
So got the mash on at 8am and started to build up the new Fokker burner in the garage, I knew even before siblings up a spanner that I would be a screw short! Sure enough, mechanical intuition proves right! One leg bolt short!
Gas jet changed for the natural gas jet and hose connected to burner inlet, I’m going out now to try get another fitting so I can actually connect the gas supply up.

Anyone know if there should be gasket sealant on the fibre gasket that closes off the inside of the cast burner?
Cheers.

The Recipe:
Rye Stout mkII

Fermentables:
Maris Otter 3000g 66.9%
Flaked Barley 500g 11.2%
Roasted Barley 280g 6.3%
Caramalt 250g 5.6%
Crystal Rye Malt 250g 5.6%
German Roasted Rye Malt 200g 4.5%

Hops:
Liberty @ 60 mins- 50g (FWH)
Liberty @ 15 mins- 50g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 3.6% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 40 EBU
Colour: 160 EBC

Malt inspection by cat:
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Bits of the new kitchen where i decided not to brew:
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Preparing the liquor, Hot water straight from mains pressure feed:
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Pre-heating the Mashtun, on the new shiny cooker:
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I was aiming for 66c:
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Moved into the garage and bought some plumbing fittings to hook up the new boiling ring to the mains gas:
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Trying to get the height right for the Heath-Robinson 3-teir:
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Sparge liquor going in:
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Just about to start first run-off:
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Liberty Hops:
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FWH’s warming up:
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15min hops with chiller already in, protafloc went in just before the chiller:
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Chiller water running to outside grate, I hooked up the chiller to the cold feed with a couple of push fits and a length of plastic water pipe:
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Aiming for 1042, this looks pretty close:
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Kind of a deep brown, wort was tasting quite bitter, lots of flavor:
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Running off after cooling to 23c:
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Hops n trub:
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Fairly well aerated, though still gave it a bit of a thrash after the yeast (s-04) went in:
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Once I got over the Kitchen / gas fittings issue it was actually pretty smooth 🙂  Fingers crossed it can only get smoother from now on 🙂


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