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Belgian Extra Blonde – A mix of Pale (didn’t have any Lager malt), Carapils, Dextrose (partly sugar as I didn’t have enough of either), Oat malt & Wheat malt.
Hops are a tiny amount of Magnum to bitter then a subtle amount of Mittlefruh in the last 5 minutes and about half the coriander you’d expect to add to a Wit.
I’m fermenting with WLP757 which I revived from a 2 year old Whitelabs tube.

The Malts, mashed at 69°c for about 90mins:
AG#127 - Belgian Extra Blonde, malts.
The 9g of bittering hops!
AG#127 - Belgian Extra Blonde, light hopping today.
The Coriander:
AG#127 - Belgian Extra Blonde, just a subtle amount if Coriander.
Second sparge running to copper:
AG#127 - Belgian Extra Blonde, pretty nice light coloured wort.
Hit 3 points over my target so liquored back to 1047:
AG#127 - Belgian Extra Blonde, nicely over the 1047 target so will do a small liquorback.

I’m hoping for just a hint of coriander and a light coloured, light bodied beer with enough but not overpowering Belgianiness! I’ve used sugars for part of the bill to keep the strength at 5% ish without adding too much colour.
I’m still getting closer to signing a lease on premises and ordering brewkit and fermenters for Wishbone Brewery! (Sorry the website isn’t finished yet) but follow me on @WishboneBrewery for updates 🙂

*16th Sep ’14 – Yeast spewing all over the garage floor this morning, the ambient temp is about 19c and the FV is a fairly steady 22c, the WLP575 is smelling quite sulphurous, this could just be the yeast or I could be encouraging the sulphur because of my Sulphate additions (Calcium Sulphate & Magnesium Sulphate) all of which should dissipate as fermentation completes.

*Kegged 20th Sep ’14 – its about time i used my cornies!

*30 Sep ’14 – taster from keg, quite a soft carbonation, has Duvel-like properties some of the Sulphur is going but some of it could be the Coriander thats confusing me. I let the keg for 24 hours at 20psi and 24 hours at 30psi then left it until now, Ive put 30psi on it again and will test it again tomorrow.

Mittlefruh Junga Blonde – Another easy drinker which might just be ready in time for over Christmas, this time using German Mittlefruh & Polish Junga, I’ve tweaked the malt bill a tiny bit from my last brew loosing 2% Carapils and making sure I hit my 69°c mash temp.
I’m hoping the addition of Junga will add a spice-character, I’ve also increased the bitterness just a touch to try emphasize this.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 82%
Vienna Malt – 10%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 8%

Hops:
Junga – 12.3 % @ 60 mins – 11g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.9 % @ 60 mins – 10g
Junga – 12.3 % @ 5 mins – 24g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.9 % @ 5 mins – 24g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.037
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol Content: 3.6% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 25 EBU
Colour: 4 EBC
Mash: 60mins @ 69°c
Yeast: Safale us-05

The malts:
AG#109 - Mittlefruh Junga Blonde, the malts
Recirculating the first few jugs of wort and a tiny amount of FWH:
AG#109 - Mittlefruh Junga Blonde, recirculating a few jugs. Tiny amount of FWH
These Junga are smelling particularly nice:
AG#109 - Mittlefruh Junga Blonde, these smell rather blooming good
Running off to FV:
AG#109 - Mittlefruh Junga Blonde, almost done, had some other stuff to do.
Gave my FV a thorough clean/sanitise as the last thing that was in here was my Kraftwort smoked beer and it still had a slight taint to it.
Left it cooling really slowly while we went out, got back and it was at 12°c (oops) and I’d hot-liquored back on the FV with 2 litres from the HLT so only had 620ml to liquorback in the FV so no chance to warm things up with that, its now in the Fermentation Fridge set to 20°c so should warm up pretty soon.

*Bottled 30th Dec ’13 – with 127g of sugar

*8th Jan ’14 – Early-ish taster, this is rather good, a little bit of sweetness, a nice amount of body with subtle tasty hops. (I’ll taste again when my cold has gone, but I reckon this is a good one)

Hooded Embarrassment – Thought I’d try squeeze in a brew for the Revolutions BreweryCompetition’ so I’m going for something a bit different after reading something about a Mittlefruh IPA in Stan Hieronymus‘ new book ‘For the love of Hops‘. I could have sworn that I had a pack of Mittlefruh in the Hop-Freezer, sadly I didn’t but what I did have was a pack of Mount Hood hops which are an American grown relation of Mittlefruh.
Vienna malt for some added maltiness and lots of carapils to retain body and hopefully balance the bitterness.
I’ve had a nice bottle of Mallinsons Brewery ‘Aramis’ and I thought it had a good spicy bitterness to it so that is forming my bittering additions, I’ll dry hop with Mt. Hood as soon as its passed 1020-1015 in the fermenter, then try and get bottled in good time to allow for it to condition up and mature before it has to be judged.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 2880g – 60%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 720g – 15%
Vienna Malt – 720g – 15%
Wheat Malt – 480g – 10%

Hops:
Aramis – 8.9 % @ 60 mins – 32g (First Wort Hop)
Aramis – 8.9 % @ 30 mins – 32g
Mount Hood – 7.5 % @ 10 mins – 30g
Mount Hood – 7.5 % @ 0 mins – 30g (Flameout steep for 30mins)

Dry Hops:
Mount Hood – 40g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Total Liquor: 31.1 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 58 EBU
Colour: 6 EBC
Mash: 68°c for 60mins
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale us-05

The malts, a very pale blend:
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Some liquor treatment and First wort Aramis hops in the copper:
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Hops prep’d, the full tablet of Protafloc went in with the 10mins hops:
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Steeping hops, Mt. Hood, just turned the chiller on for a few seconds to kill the boil before adding the hops:
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Everything sanitised with Starsan:
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Got a little over 1052, I liquored-back to 1047, I must make another Brewday Record Sheet that includes the liquoring back:
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No mucking about today, the mash was on at 10.55 (68°c) and I’m all cleared up and typing this now at about 16.00, I could probably have been done quicker if I’d tried.
Turfed out last weeks brew from the fermentation fridge and put todays brew in there set to 20°c, I’ll increase the temperature after a day or two to 21-22°c and hope to have it finished fermenting by the weekend.

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Hopefully my yeast is good and I will make better beer than my un-entered attempt last year! 😉

*7th Feb ’13 – Dry Hopped at approx 20°c with 40g Mt.Hood, giving a good stir in through the yeast head, Gravity @ 1017.
*8th Feb ’13 – Gravity @ 1010.5 so gone a bit passed the 1012 predicted, again give the hops a good stir and squashed them against the side of the FV. Tastes rather good with a big woody/spicy flavour and spicy bitterness, I may well enjoy this 😉

*Bottled 18th Feb ’13 – with 90g White Sugar.

*22nd Feb ’13 – Early taster, a little green and slightly grassy, has a really solid spicy bitterness.

*25th Feb ’13 – Taster tasting good, nice sessionable ale, no big brash hops just a balance of bitterness and spice with woody orange tones.

Big Malty Smoke Beer – The name says it all, this is what I want, it has to be Big, it has to be Malty, and it has to be Smokey 🙂
I should maybe give it a smokey German name like Rauchfaktor / KraftWort or something….

Fermentables:
Rauch Malt (Weyermann) – 48.5%
Munich Malt – 20.8%
Munich Malt II (Weyermann – 13.4%
Oak-Smoked Pale Wheat Mal – 6.9%
Cara Munich Type I (Weyer – 6.9%
Melanoidin Malt – 3%
Carafa Special III – 0.4%

Hops:
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 60 mins – 43g
Tettnang – 3.8 % @ 60 mins – 43g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 0 mins – 22g – (30min Steep)
Tettnang – 3.8 % @ 0 mins – 9g – (30min Steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.016
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Total Liquor: 35.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 17.3 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % (Reduced from usual 75% as unknown malts)
Bitterness: 34 EBU
Colour: 53 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 69°c I want to keep this Malty & Sweet which I hope will display the smoke well or at least create a background to carry it.
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: 2x Safale us-05 (It was going to be a Whitelabs Kölsch starter but it didn’t start!)

Quite a heap of malts going into this one, most are fresh from @TheMaltMiller the other week:
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12°c in the garage today, a good temp for all the beer in there:
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The colour of the mash run-off was a deep straw colour, there was no first sparge so I did a decoction to achieve a good Mashout temperature before running off:
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This was the second sparge, i did a 30g carafa steep for 15mins to adjust for colour:
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Start of boil hops:
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Flameout hop steep of what remained in the two packs of hops:
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1079 with temperature correction, 4 litre Liquor-back required to hi OG and final volume, I actually got almost 80% Mash efficiency, the decoction obviously had a bearing on this:
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Put to bed in the fermentation fridge with it set to 18°c:
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Fairly straight forward brewday, new fermenting bucket cleaned and tap fitted my older (original) buckets are getting a bit chalky looking inside I need to de-scale them at work.
I think I may have let a load of fine malt particles through into the copper as the run-off from the Mesh Hop-stopper was feeble at best, but the cold weather helped.
I managed to chill the wort down to 17°c and then after liquoring back from the HLT I got 18°c which is pretty much what I was aiming for as I want to ferment this cool to try and limit any possible ester production and keep it clean, I’ll warm it up towards the end to let the yeast clean up its bi-products.

*12th Nov ’12 – Looks to have finished at 1021.5 @22°c pretty high though not totally unexpected with a mash temp of 69°c (5.6% vs predicted 6.4% ABV).

*Bottled 24th Nov ’12 – Primed with 100g White Sugar in about 20 Litres of beer… should probably have been bottled a week ago, hopefully some time in bottle and carbonation will bring out the smoke, there is a very slight sourness in the finish though could it be the Rauch or maybe the Melanoidin??? I shall be reserving judgement until its had a week or two in bottle.

*30th Nov ’12 – I had a sneaky taster of this last night, I didn’t detect any of the previous sourness, its smokey but not that smokey more akin to a smoked Cheese than my desired “Stood Next to a Bonfire”, its actually quite light to drink with enough Body and Sweetness which I suppose is a Bready Maltiness… If I re-brew, more smoke!!! Maybe even a bit of bastardization with a touch of Peat Smoked Malt. Schlenkerla’s smoke hit really must be down to a rapid succession from Maltsters to Smoke House to Milled & Mashed with a cool fermented clean yeast. Safale US-05 has done an admirable job even if it wasn’t my first choice yeast, I should get more Whitelabs Kölsch yeast for the next attempt.
I think there is scope to reduce the amount of body and increase my carbonation and maybe a subtle alteration on the hopping for ‘Less is More’.

Munich Weißbier – The last in my Tale of 3 Weizens wheat beer experiments , this time a more traditional approach with German hops and 2 colours of Munich malt. The mash was smelling really Ovaltine like.
This is a tweaked recipe from my original plan, and thoughts of 66.6% Wheat Malt get suggestions of a stuck mash, the Mash couldn’t have been more free running and I put this down to the Perforated stainless False bottom. I bet I could do a 100% Wheat Malt beer!

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt – 66.6%
Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 24.1%
Munich Malt II (Weyermann – 8%
Melanoidin Malt – 1.2%

Hops:
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3 % @ 60 mins – 23g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 60 mins – 23g
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3 % @ 5 mins – 12g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 5 mins – 12g

Final Volume: 21 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.062 (I actually got 1058 which I’m happy with)
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 29.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 18 EBU
Colour: 18 EBC
Yeast: Whitelabs WLP300 Hefeweizen (repitch of 100ml of slurry from AG#61)
Mash: 66c for 2 hours+
Boil: 60 mins
Liquor: Treated to General profile in the THBF calc

First Wort Hops are Hersbrucker & Mittlefruh:
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Approx 100ml of WLP300 Slurry from AG#61, a combo of some skimmed off the top and a thin skim off the bottom:
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5 min hops going in along with Protafloc:
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I didn’t go mad with the pictures as I was bottling the last wheat beer while the mash was on.
My Mash efficiency is down a bit and I struggled to get 70% but I’ll put this down to it being the very last of my sack of Wheat malt and the Combo of Munich malts. I’ll have all fresh malts ready for a brewday the first weekend in September.

*Bottled 6th Sep ’11 with 70g of White sugar

I’ve been a fan of Schneider Weisse for a while now, their Hopfen-Weisse is lovely and @JamesClayBeers mentioned that it was *Amarillo hopped, and Schneider are bringing out a Nelson Sauvin hopped special version.

So I’ve got a vague brewing plan… having just started waking up some out of date Whitelabs WLP300 Hefeweizen yeast.
Current garage malt stocks are about half a sack each of Lager and Wheat malts, with a few kilos of Weyermann Munich I & II along with lots of cara/crystal-esque malts.
I’ve started the yeast off in 1 Litre of 1040 wort, which will hopefully get going ok, I’ll then add 2 or 3 Litres more after decanting the beer off the yeast sediment and let it ferment out and again decant off some of the beer then split the yeast 3-ways for three different Hefeweizen. One will be German hopped, one American Hopped and another will use New Zealand hops.

*Thanks to the kind email reply from Sandra at www.schneider-weisse.de I now know that its the Brooklyn Brewery Hopfen-Weisse which is hopped with Amarillo and the Schneider is hopped with Saphir. – Its brilliant when breweries are helpful towards homebrewers, gives you that warm fuzzy feeling 🙂

The following recipes could change! (assume Mash Efficiency: 75 %) I’d probably treat my liquor to a Lager profile and I would be using Protofloc copper finings.

Nelson Weizen Brewday #1 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 50%
    Lager Malt – 45%
    CaraHell – 5%
  • Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 60 mins – 23g
    Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 5 mins – 40g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 40 EBU
    Colour: 13 EBC

Amarillo WeizenBrewday #2 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 50%
    Lager Malt – 40%
    Melanoidin Malt – 10%
  • Amarillo – 9.4 % @ 60 mins – 34g
    Amarillo – 9.4 % @ 5 mins – 40g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 40 EBU
    Colour: 16 EBC

Then one of the following, either a Munich malt based or a really basic Hefe.

Munich WeißbierBrewday #3 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 60%
    Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 30%
    Munich Malt II (Weyermann – 10%
  • Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 60 mins – 20g
    Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.1 % @ 60 mins – 20g
    Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 10 mins – 10g
    Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.1 % @ 10 mins – 10g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 16 EBU
    Colour: 15 EBC

Hefe

  • Wheat Malt – 60%
    Lager Malt – 40%
  • Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 60 mins – 40g
    Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 10 mins – 20g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 13 EBU
    Colour: 5 EBC

Thoughts on recipes most appreciated, cheers 🙂

Schwarz IPA – My first Black IPA, at 4% ABV with a healthy bitterness of 62 EBU, not quite a Hop-bomb but 150g of 80c steep hops should be enough following the bittering addition at 35mins (25mins after boil start).
My recipe takes a few things into account; some pre-weighed and mixed Pacific Gem & Magnum; the end of a sack of Pale malt; Part bags of Carafa Spesh III & Cara Aroma; Open bags of Hops.
A screwed up beer, its a German Hopped Black India Pale Ale… Nice 🙂

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 60.5%
Pale Malt – 19.5%
Carafa Special III – 5%
Wheat Malt – 5%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Cara Aroma (Weyermann) – 5%

Hops:
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 35 mins – 24g
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 35 mins – 24g
Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.2 % @ 0 mins – 53g (80c Steep for 30mins)
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 0 mins – 48g (80c Steep for 30mins)
Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 3.0 % @ 0 mins – 49g (80c Steep for 30mins)

Dry Hops:
Tettnang – 50g
Crystal hops – 50g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.011
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 31.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 80 %
Bitterness: 62 EBU
Colour: 119 EBC
Mash: 90mins @ 68c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment: GW Calc ‘Lager’

The malts and temp:
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Today’s hopping, Bittering from Pacific Gem & Magnum, 80c Steep from Hersbrucker; Magnum & Mittlefruh:
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I recircuated about 6 litres to get a good clear flow of wort:
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Boiling away nicely:
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Bittering hops going in:
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150g of 80c Steep hops:
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Got 89% Mash Efficiency, hit a few points over my target OG after the boil and liquored back to 1042 with Hydrometer reading (1039 with Refractometer) I’m not sure which I trust.
I’m starting to get a better feel for the new mash tun and can cope with having to add 2.5 Litres of cooled boiled liquor after the boil 🙂

*16th July ’11 Gravity @ 1010 and looks like its done. Tasting interesting, bitterness coming through and roasty finish. I’ve decided on dry Hopping with 50g Tettnang & 50g Crystal hops, moving away slightly from the German theme with the Crystal but it does have some German Mittlefruh parentage.

*Bottled 24th Jul ’11 with 70g White Sugar, dry hopping probably kept hold of 1-2 Litres of beer, tastes a bit grassy for my liking maybe it will take a few weeks to settle down.


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