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I started out with the Coniston Bluebird recipe but I’ve not got enough Challenger in the Freezer, so Northdown will be taking the place of most of the Challenger and there’s going to be some late Fuggles also as I want to finish a bag off.
The Malts are a bit like this too and I’ve moved away a little from the original, I had a bag of Wheat malt that I have a plan for 2kg’s of (Wheat Beer with WB-06) so the remainder of that Wheat is going in this along with a part bag of Crystal Malt which is near as damn it right for a Bluebird clone 😉
Additions to the above are Crystal Rye & Crystal Wheat.

Malts:
Maris Otter 3450g 84.8%
Wheat Malt 264g 6.5%
Crystal Malt 154g 3.8%
Crystal Rye Malt 100g 2.5%
Crystal Wheat Malt 100g 2.5%

The Malts are weighed out and ready with 1 Tsp of Gypsum for the mash:
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Hops are liable to change as I only roughly weighed what hops I’ll be using so anything over these weights will be thrown in at the end of boil.
Hops:
Northdown – 60 mins 25g (FWH)
Northdown – 30 mins 8g
Northdown – 20 mins 15g
Challenger – 0 mins 19g
Fuggle – 0 mins 28g

Mash on @ 7.45am for maybe 60 or 90 mins:
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Pretty much hit my choice of Mash temperatures but found I have about a 1.5C variance across my three thermometers, 2 digital and 1 spirit:
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Today’s hops all weighed out:
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Beer profile:
Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.8% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 34 EBU
Colour: 21 EBC

I’ll be using some Thick Edinburgh Ale Yeast I skimmed off my fermenter the other day, should be raring to go 🙂

Filling the Tun with the 1st batch sparge:
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Top-down view of the FWH+Gypsum in thw Copper, Mash Tun and Underback:
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Chiller already been in the copper for 15mins to sanitise, Flame Out hops in for a 20 or 30min steep:
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Lovely thick skimmed Edinburgh Ale yeast from my last brew:
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OG 1042, 2 points more than needed but near enough:
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A good colour and very clear wort, tasted pretty good too:
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Updates are on my T.watter page as I remember http://twitter.com/pdtnc 🙂

A No Fuss Brewday 🙂

Yeast Action Update, it was off like a rocket!
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*Bottled 20th May ’10 with 75g Sugar, dropped to FG 1010 / 1012 tastes to have lots of body and a full robust flavour from the hops.

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

Pale and Hoppy could be an NPA (New-Zealand Pale Ale)… and a nice NZ film reference for the name :)
After tasting my other recent Nelson Sauvin hopped beer I see there is a good rounded mouth filling full hoppiness to the hops so I’m more than doubling the amount that I put in my last brew and going for a 80c steep for the lates.

Next weekend I may do a mad mix of Nelson+Cascade+Centennial with an almost identical grain bill.

Once Were Warriors

Fermentables:
Golden Promise 2240g – 86%
Wheat Malt 260g – 10%
Crystal Malt 100g – 4%

Hops:
Pacific Gem @ 60 mins – 8g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin @ 15 mins – 26g
Nelson Sauvin @ 0 mins – 26g (Going to let it cool a bit then do a 20 minute steep)
*maybe Dry hop, but probably not, will see…*

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 51 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

Maybe a bit of Burtonisation to the liquor, if I can be arsed, if not just a good helping of Gypsum to the Mash & Boil :)

The Pics…
The grain bill, Golden Promise pale malt, Standard Crystal malt, Wheat malt, 10g of Gypsum 5g of Epsom salt added to my liquor:
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Doughing in:
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Aiming for 67c so not far off:
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pH looks spot on:
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Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Gem hops weighed out with half a Protafloc tab crushed to the right, if this was a full 23L brew it would have taken a full packet of hops but as I am just doing a 12L I managed to just have enough Nelsons in a part bag from the other week :):
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End of 90 minute Mash:
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Sparge water running into Tun for first batch:
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Collected wort 1022/24 ish @ 55.5c and 17.5 litres collected in boiler makes for up-to 82% Mash efficiency:
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Just coming to the boil:
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Nottingham yeast to rehydrate:
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Big ugly cold break!!:
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Hit the OG right on the nail:
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Aeration:
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Did a 20 min steep @ 80c for those last hops, lovely clear wort running off the boiler which tasted pretty good though not as bitter as hoped.
Pitched rehydrated Notts yeast at about 23c, I’ll expect activity before long 🙂

***Update*** Bottled 22nd Dec ’09 with 50g DSM, the bitterness has come through now should be good 🙂


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