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Just two brewday snaps and a hop growing update really…
Going for 1057 to finish at 1014, mashed at 68c for 60mins, sparged at 78c, boiled for 60mins, fermenting with 2 packs of Safale us-05 to get an ABV of 5.6%, will be heavily dry hopping with a blend of three hops.

Malts & Salts:
AG#126 Wishbone IPA, malts n salts
Tiny amount of FWH:
AG#126 Wishbone IPA, a massive 5g of FWH for the copper.
The rest of the Hops were going in at 5mins before the end.

And some Vine vids from today too:
https://vine.co/v/OulhxXiBOum
https://vine.co/v/OuLde1pPIYv
https://vine.co/v/OuLg6HlYaQz

And the hops outside:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pdtnc/sets/72157647318338112/

*Bottled 17th Sep ’14

AG#124 – Big IPA – Using BrewMate instead of BeerEngine as it lets me set attenuation so hopefully the beer should turn out about 9.2%, its loosely based around a recipe in the Mitch Steele IPA book.
Sorry I haven’t had time for blogging lately I have had my head full of Wishbone Brewery stuff with thoughts about a prospective unit and then just this week a different unit and different restrictions and different potential, its all fun but I’m itching to get something set in stone and order the brewhouse equipment.

Recipe Specs
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Batch Size (L):           25.0
Total Grain (kg):         8.230
Total Hops (g):           469.50
Original Gravity (OG):    1.080  (°P): 19.3
Final Gravity (FG):       1.009  (°P): 2.3
Alcohol by Volume (ABV):  9.35 %
Colour (SRM):             6.5   (EBC): 12.7
Bitterness (IBU):         287.5   (Rager)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 75
Boil Time (Minutes):      90

Grain Bill
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4.625 kg Pale Ale Malt (56.2%)
1.877 kg Wheat Malt (22.8%)
0.905 kg Dextrose (11%)
0.593 kg Vienna (7.2%)
0.230 kg Caramalt (2.8%)

Hop Bill
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60.0 g Apollo Leaf (19.5% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (First Wort) (2.4 g/L)
16.8 g Warrior Leaf (18.2% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (First Wort) (0.7 g/L)
17.7 g Zeus Leaf (16.7% Alpha) @ 90 Minutes (First Wort) (0.7 g/L)
60.0 g Columbus Leaf (16.5% Alpha) @ 45 Minutes (Boil) (2.4 g/L)
45.0 g Amarillo Leaf (8.6% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Aroma) (1.8 g/L)
35.0 g Centennial Leaf (9.7% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Aroma) (1.4 g/L)
35.0 g Columbus Leaf (14.2% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Aroma) (1.4 g/L)
100.0 g Chinook Pellet (11.4% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (4 g/L)
100.0 g Nelson Sauvin Pellet (11.5% Alpha) @ 0 Days (Dry Hop) (4 g/L)

Misc Bill
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Single step Infusion at 66°C for 60 Minutes.
Fermented at 20°C with Safale US-05

I’ve basically made Hop-Stew 😉 And hit the OG I got 1082 and liquored back to 1080.
A few of the hops in the recipe changed as I went along due to what I found in the hop-freezer, I’ll dry hop in two parts half will go in when FG is reached then half 2 days later when I start chilling the beer so a half warm and half cold dry hop.
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Could be premises layout, just a mockup to see if things fit and planned for the future there will be less FVs (the black  squares with green crosses) to begin with.couldbepremises*19th Jul ’14 – I dry hopped this with 50g of Chinook & Nelson Sauvin, gravity was at 1011.5 @ 22°c

*22nd Jul ’14 – FG seems to be 1010 and steady, chilled to 17°c and dry hopped with the same T90 hops again.

*24th Jul ’14 – Chilled to 13°c, will chill to 8c before bottling.

*Bottled 2nd Aug ’14

*9th Aug ’14 – Tastes bloody good, the right level of bitterness with a medium carbonation and a good effect from the dry hopping,  as you’d expect quite boozy with its 9% abv 🙂

Magnum IPA – or ‘Magnam Style’ I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and I got some T90 off the jolly nice @Misterjk from Quantum Brewery, swapped for some homebrew Nice simple Malt bill, the T90’s will be used to dry Hop the FV.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 82.5%
Munich Malt – 17.5%

Hops:
Magnum Whole 12.7 % @ 60 mins – 40g (FWH)
Magnum Whole 12.7 % @ 5 mins – 60g (20min Stand)

Dry Hops:
Magnum Pellet 100g when fermentation has finished

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 65 EBU
Colour: 14 EBC
Mash: 60mins @ 68c
Yeast: Safale us-05

Weighing the malts:
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First Runnings:
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To be liquored back to 1056:
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Not so many pics today, ended up with 1.5 litres more than my target volume 🙂

*13th Feb ’14 – Dry Hopped with 100g Magnum T90 pellets as it was close to final gravity.

*Bottled 24th Feb ’14 – with 122g white sugar, tastes pretty bland with some light grassiness from the dry hop 🙂

*14th Mar ’14 – This is actually not bad, crisp carbonation and smooth bitterness, very easy drinking.

SAC IPA – You might see some similarities with this brew and my ‘Summit 73 E366‘ brew mainly the amounts and times of the late hops, I’m using up the last of my Pale & Lager malts along with the Cara/Crystal and some Dark Wheat.
I think this is the third year that a bunch of homebrewers have made the effort to brew on New Years Day, but its my fifth NYD brew in 5 years.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 44.3%
Munich Malt – 20.3% (some of this was English Munich and some was German)
Pale Malt – 19.5%
Wheat Malt Dark (Weyermann) – 6%
Flaked Wheat – 3.6%
Crystal Malt – 3.4%
Cara Hell – 3%

Hops:
Cluster Pellet – 7.9 % @ 60 mins – 40g (First Wort Hop)
Summit Whole – 17.5 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Apollo Whole – 19.5 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Cascade Whole – 7.9 % @ 15 mins – 15g
Summit Whole – 17.5 % @ 0 mins – 85g (20min steep)
Apollo Whole – 19.5 % @ 0 mins – 40g (20min steep)
Cascade Whole – 7.9 % @ 0 mins – 45g (20min steep)

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.057
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 59 EBU
Colour: 24 EBC
Mash: 67°c for an inordinate amount of time
Yeast: Safale us-05 re-pitched from last gyle

Malts & Temp:
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First batch sparge running off:
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Big fat hit of flamout hops:
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Skimmed straight off the FV of Ring of Fire IPA, mixed with a little fresh wort and pitched at 20c:
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Maybe a touch darker than style, though beating it with a paddle it was smelling really good:
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It was a bit of a drawn out brewday as i was supposed to be viewing a second hand car or two but one sold and the seller of the other was a bit shit at replying to txt messages.

*Bottled & Casked 8th Jan ’14 – with 15g sugar to the cask and half a Tsp to each of 6 bottles, also the cask was dry hopped with a 60g blend of Summit, Apollo & Cascade. I think it tastes good, my smell and taste are a bit buggered at the moment thanks to a cold.

Ring of Fire IPA – if you recall sometime last year I did a brew called ‘Ring of Fire‘ which had some big orange notes to it from hopping, this is the IPA version with added Nelson Sauvin, the NS should add a good muskiness.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 70%
Flaked Wheat – 13%
Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 10%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 4%
Cara Hell (Weyermann) – 3%

Hops:
NZ Pacifica – 6.1 % @ 60 mins – 40g
Pacific Jade – 15.1 % @ 60 mins – 23g
Pacific Jade – 15.1 % @ 5 mins – 30g
NZ Pacifica – 6.1 % @ 5 mins – 30g
Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 5 mins – 30g

Dry Hops:
Pacific Jade – 35g
NZ Pacifica – 35g
Nelson Sauvin – 35g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 78 EBU
Colour: 11 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 67c
Yeast: Safale us-05 x2

The Malts, it was actually 11c once it had settled down:
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The First Wort Hops:
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Recirculating the first runnings:
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Sparge number 1:
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Break material after cooling, just half a Protafloc Tab:
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Running off to FV, 2 packs of yeast used rather than 1 pack which would be slightly under-pitching:
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Bit of a late start, my day didn’t go to plan, but the wort tasted great and the hops smelled just right 🙂

*29th Dec ’13 – Gravity at 1023.5 and tasting all woody and musky, very nice, smells ace 🙂

*2nd Jan ’14 – Tasting really good before dry hopping so I’ve decided to leave it as it is, from experience the main hop character from dry hopping would have been the Nelson Sauvin.

*Bottled 11th Jan ’14 with 129g White sugar, tasting good.

*22 Jan ’14 – Tasting good, a nice blend of all three hops with nothing over powering, maybe a touch more bitterness would be nice.

iFuggle
iFuggle – I’ve been threatening doing this for a while, a big-ass Fuggle IPA, its an experiment and I may not like it but thats no reason not to try! And its a while since I made a British IPA.
The Dextrose will go in with the Protafloc in the last 10 minutes so as not to effect the hop utilisation, I’m using a couple of @MagicRockStu’s tips too.

Fermentables:
Pale Malt – 80%
Dextrose – 12.4%
Vienna Malt – 5.5%
Amber Malt – 2%

Hops:
Cluster Pellet – 7.9 % @ 75 mins – 150g (Start of boil)
Fuggle Whole – 5.1 % @ 5 mins – 150g
Fuggle Pellet – 4.3 % @ 0 mins – 100g (Dry Hop in FV)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.083
Final Gravity: 1.019
Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 137 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC
Mash: 60-90mins @ 63°c (I actually hit 64°c)
Boil: 75mins
Yeast: Safale us-05 – 2 packs

The malts, a fairly full bucket with just over 7kg:
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150g Cluster T90 pellets:
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Second batch sparge running in:
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In go the pellets at the start of boil:
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The late whole fuggles go in at 5mins left:
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I liquored back from 1085.5 to 1083, and ended up with 22.3L in the FV:
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Yeast pitched at 20°c, in the fermenting fridge set to 20°c too, cleaned up, no fuss as usual 🙂

*16th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1021, tasting rather sweet, could that 1°c higher than my planned 63°c mash temp be to blame? I was hoping for nearer to 1010 by now. I have dry hopped with with 100g Fuggles pellets and given it a good rouse, hopefully it will drop a few more points.

*18th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1013 this is more like it, a couple more points and I’ll be happy.

*20th Nov ’13 – Gravity at 1008! Makes this 10% which is quite a big beer and about 2% stronger than planned 😀

*Bottled 30th Nov ’13 – with about 75g white sugar, my scales were messing me around, tastes strong and traditional, good dark straw colour. It actually finished fermenting at 1006.5 making it 10.2%!

I’m a little confused over the matter of brewing Big IPA’s, in regard to getting bitterness and some dryness into these high strength Imperial or Double IPA.

AG#92 - Klaatu Verata Nictu

Consider my AG#92 Klaatu Verata Nictu its an all malt DIPA but the residual sweetness after fermentation is far too high, time in bottle is s-l-o-w-l-y drying it out and its a nice beer, but much more of an American Barleywine than displaying the bitterness characteristics I was aiming for… It would seem that my predicted 200 IBU could have been doubled to 400 IBU to help cut through the sweetness.

This is theoretically where a Sugar addition comes into play to help dry the beer out…

AG#85 - HopZilla IPA

Now consider this AG#85 HopZilla IPA which did have a sugar addition for the purpose of drying the beer out, yet I still got an annoyingly high level of residual sweetness after fermentation, this did eventually dry up and display its proper character in bottle but it took blooming ages! I think I have 1 bottle of this left which I assume will be the dogs bollocks by the time I crack into it.

There is nothing wrong with either of the above beers apart from me not getting what I was aiming for, for my next experiment I will be trying a 10% addition of Dextrose, and a long cool Mash with less malts that could be adding Dextrins to the wort.

The following questions arise:

  • Mash Temp?
  • Liquor to Malt Ratio?
  • Mash Duration?
  • Amount & Type of Copper Sugars?
  • Malt selection?
  • Liquor Treatment additions?

I feel a MASSIVE dry hop is needed on these higher gravity beers, done in two stages.. i.e. Once in the FV, then transfer to Conditioning/Secondary for a while before doing a Second or even Third Heavy dry hop.

SB_Specials_Kala_Black_IPA

We brewed Kala BIPA, 6.2% @SaltaireBrewery a short time ago, I know the ABV is considerably different but we used a sugar addition of almost 10% to great effect in this beer making an amazingly easy drinking beer that went down like a 4% session ale.

Its all fun 🙂 I’d be really interested in how other homebrewers / brewers get their level of bitterness & Dryness in their DIPAs.

Cheers

A Brewday with Matt at Truefitt Brewing

It was last June during our wedding anniversary week in Whitby that me and Emma paid Matt a visit in his new Brewery, less than a year later Matt was coming up to his 100th brewed Gyle and had plans for brewing that beer the day I was there. He was not working full time last year, but now having stopped working for The Lions Den and taken on his first employee, he is out on his own.
Best laid plans! The day before our brewday a fused spur had blown and Matt had to cancel a brew doe to lack of hot liquor, so our brewday was Gyle #99 though I suppose in spirit it was still #100, it was to be a big 7%+ IPA hopped with recently released Mandarina Bavaria Hops from Germany.

I was on holiday, it felt wrong getting up this early but I got to Truefitt for 7.30am and found Matt had just started mashing in:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
Run-off starts from the Mash Tun via the converted Keg Underback:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
He said he was attaching the hop filter!:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
The Copper Stand, this is where the last or late hops get to steep in the hot wort giving them time for the hop oils and flavours to infuse into the wort:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
He aerates the wort via a sprayball while transferring to the fermenting vessel:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
Matt is currently contract brewing for the one for the last breweries he worked at so was going some back-fills for us at Saltaire:
Truefitt Brewing, Middlesbrough
The Beer was named ‘Trembler’ after a previous and differently hopped brew of the same strength, its 7.4% and a Double IPA… I’m hoping to get my hands on some of this in bottle so I can add some tasting notes to the blog.

I had a good day with Matt and his new apprentice Jack, I hope to see Matt down at Saltaire sometime.
The last thing to note is that a Sausage & Tomato butty in Middlesbrough is at least 40p cheaper than in Shipley!!

You also can catch Matt on:
@TruefittBeers
Facebook/TruefittBeers

Some of his regular beers are:
@truefittbeers North Riding Bitter, classic styrian flavours on the dry hop, could use some more crystal and body for my tastes, prob dried out in bottle :-)@truefittbeers Ironopolis Stout, really tasty toasty with a sweet hint, excellent.
Erimus by @truefittbeers@truefittbeers A big bitter mouthful of an IPA, condition spot on too.
All Bottle-Conditioned, Matt has chosen to hand bottle his beers to keep the full flavour, I’ve also got some other bottles from Truefitt Brewing to try soon 🙂

Click the Pics below to see what i thought of the beers 😉
@TruefittBeers 'Trembler' this totally covers its abv, very smooth and very clean, nicely done :-)@truefittbeers Black IPA, smooth and yummy, a nice amount of roast and tasty hops, nice one Matt :-)
@truefittbeers Holgate Red, a pretty good red colour, easy drinking crisp beer, does this have a touch of my least fav hop in it? :-)


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