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Pacific Rim – Light coloured beer stocks are low so I hope this to be a hoppy easy drinking beer, bittering from Simcoe and very kiwi Flame-out steep, I had a hop-freezer rummage and found a half pack of Riwaka… nice 🙂
The name ‘Pacific Rim’ is sort of an evolution from my Ring Of Fire which was all New Zealand grown hops, I didn’t realise until afterwards that there is a movie of the same name which looks pretty cool.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 62.6%
Munich Type I (Weyermann) – 24.4%
Caragold – 8%
Wheat Malt – 5%

Hops:
Simcoe 14.2 % @ 60 mins – 12g (FWH)
Simcoe 14.2 % @ 30 mins – 12g
Pacific Gem 17 % @ 0 mins – 25g (30min Steep)
Pacific Jade 15.1 % 0 mins – 25g (30min Steep)
NZ Cascade 8.5 % @ 0 mins – 25g (30min Steep)
Riwaka 5.9 % @ 0 mins – 25g (30min Steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 31.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 9.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 30 EBU
Colour: 8 EBC
Mash: 67°c for 70mins
Yeast: Safale us-05

The Malts, 1kg of Weyermann Munich I & some CaraGold are my body & sweetness:
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The hops:
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First Wort Hops, I went with an open pack of Simcoe rather than opening up my first choice, a new pack of Magnum:
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100g Flame-out Steep, all these hops were smelling amazing, the Pacific Jade are really sticky too:
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Pre-liquorback gravity 1046, target is 1040:
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No messing today, added some spacing pieces inside my Mesh Hop-Stopper so that it can’t lay too flat, compact & block, had lovely clear and timely run-off to FV.
Slight Schoolboy error was miss-reading the calculator and liquoring back an extra litre doh! Not the end of the world!
Tucked up in the fermentation fridge at 20°c, the yeast should make fairly short work of this.

*2nd Feb ’13 – This is tasting pleasantly light and drinkable, down at 1008 pretty sure its finished, happy so far 🙂

*Bottled 5th Feb ’13 with 100g White Sugar.

*12th Feb ’13 – this is very drinkable, subtle orange and berry with some light woody notes, a crisp bitterness and finish. I could easy drink a few of these 🙂

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….????

Ta Moko II – A re-brew with minor tweaks for hop Alphas and added 5% Flaked Oats. The last version of this beer is here. If this beer is as good as the last brew it won’t last long and is as good a reason as any to think about investing in a bigger copper boiler / 50 Litre Keg-boiler 😉

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 75%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 10%
Wheat Malt – 8%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Cara Munich Type III (Weyermann) – 2%

Hops:
Pacific Gem – 17 % @ 60 mins – 15g
Pacific Gem – 17 % @ 15 mins – 10g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.1 % @ 10 mins – 41g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.1 % @ 0 mins – 51g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 31.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.1 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 52 EBU
Colour: 8 EBC
Mash: 60-90mins @ 67°c
Boil: 60mins
Liquor Treatment: as previous Ta Moko Brew / GW Calc ‘General Purpose’.
Yeast: Safale US-05

Malts are, Lager, Carapils, Wheat, CaraMunich III, and Flaked Oats, I put the Gypsum in the mash and the other salts went in the boil:
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Hops from @TheMaltMiller:
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Fairly reserved on the hopping, all but 15g of FWH are in the last 15mins of the boil:
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Filling the Mash Tun with hot Liquor, I use about 83°c and leave it to pre-heat the tun allowing it to cool down to my Strike Temperature before mashing in, I mashed in at 74°c:
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Full copper heating with the FWH:
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Half a protafloc tablet into a 23L brew @ 5mins left:
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The 50g of 80°c Steep hops:
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I liquored back 1.6 litres to get OG 1040 and near as damn it to my required volume:
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This is FV1 full of Ta Moko wort with US-05 dry sprinkled, I may skim and re-pitch for next weekends Chinook Blonde Brew:
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Mashed in just after 8am and finished before 2pm with a brief trip to town to get a strip-light for the kitchen, 2nd breakfast was had in-between batch sparges and lunch while running wort to the FV 🙂

*Bottled 18th Aug ’12 – with 80g of white sugar

Abyss Imperial Stout – The big brew! New years Day 2012, a beer to brew-bottle-and-leave until New years Eve (or as long as you can wait! 6 months +) 🙂 Brewing today was the idea of @Leedsbrew and a number of us Homebrew Forum and Twitter users are having an Imperial Stout Brew-a-long, the results should be interesting if we get to taste each others fully matured beers in a years time.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 69%
Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 7.2%
Sugar, Date Molasses – 4.9%
Cara Aroma (Weyermann) – 4.5%
Roasted Wheat (Simpsons / Barley Bottom) – 4.5%
Sugar, Molasses (Blackstrap) – 3.8%
Roasted Rye Malt – 2.7%
Chocolate Wheat Malt – 1.8%
Carafa Special III – 1.8%

Hops:
Target – 10.2 % @ 60 mins – 83g
Bobek – 5.2 % @ 60 mins – 37g
Centennial – 11.5 % @ 60 mins – 10g
Challenger – 7.6 % @ 30 mins – 35g
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 0 mins – 21g (20-30mins steep)
Hersbrucker – 3.0 % @ 0 mins – 20g (20-30mins steep)
Fuggle – 4.9 % @ 0 mins – 19g (20-30mins steep)
Stella – 15.6% @ 0 mins – 19g (20-30mins steep)

Final Volume: 20 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.096
Final Gravity: 1.022
Alcohol Content: 9.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 21.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 65 % (reduced from a regular 75-80%)
Bitterness: 154 EBU
Colour: 625 EBC

The Malts, 8.455kg of them:
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The Sugars, Date Syrup & Blackstrap Molasses:
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The day so far:
The mash was on last night at 00:50 and the temp was 66°c, at 9am this morning it had dropped to 59°c.
I did 1 sparge at 80°c with an hour’s Mash-out and collected my pre-boil volume in the copper, as I had expected this was lower than the predicted pre-boil gravity (10 points too low).
I did a second sparge at 80°c with a 30min Mash-out of 12 Litres while boiling the first run-off hard, ran off about half the mash then boiled down some more before running off the rest of the mash. I also added the sugars at this point, and continued boiling down until I reached 1086/7 when the bittering hops went in which will hopefully put me in the 1096 area for the end of the boil.

7 Degree drop over about 8 hours:
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Pretty full mash tun with the sparge liquor added:
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Today’s hops:
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The Molasses going in:
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Flameout steep hops, I threw in a 19g sample pack of Stella too (very nice smelling hop):
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Dirty Copper, break material forming as the wort cools:
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173g Safale US-05 yeast skimmed from previous brew and kept in the fridge for a week at 4°c, I’ll pitch the lot at 18°c:
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OG: 1095 Temp corrected (Brix 23.8 with Refractometer = 1096):
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Running to FV:
Pretty much hit my predicted OG, yeast pitched (still smelling of Nelson Sauvin hops from AG#70, if it wasn’t that I’ve just ruined an entire brew!) **Update, the beer in my Glass is Ta Moko, it smells just like the yeast, beer is fine)**
Copper is being very slow to run off, must be the thick sticky wort.
Its almost time for a beer, a Chilled very-early taster of Ta Moko just to see how its doing 🙂
I think I’ll be buying some more Basra Date Syrup as it tastes very good and would lend its self very well to a Belgian Ale.

Other peoples NYD Imperial Stout brewdays:  (I’ll add more as they are posted)
Spikesdad’s Imperial Stout
Barney’s Imperial Stout
Leedsbrew’s Titan Imperial Stout Parti-Gyle brewday
Lugsy’s Super Massive Black Hole Imperial Stout
Jimp2003’s Event Horizon RIS (Slightly Belated)
Tom Dobson’s Old Black Imperial Stout

*3rd Jan ’12 – Gravity is currently 1064-ish, Tastes good, some of the hopping coming through and some Fruity stuff which might be the Date Syrup.
*4th Jan ’12 – 1050
*Bottled 18th Jan ’12 – with 60g of White Sugar, filled 50-off 330ml bottles.

*29th Feb ’12 – Taster:
The Carbonation is just about right, a good hiss when popping the cap and a solid mouth tingle.
Beer Colour is dark as it gets, if i shine a very bright LED torch at one side of the glass I can only just see a very, very faint red shape thru the glass.
Smells a leathery, dry, with a touch of alcohol and coffee.
Tastes, full mouth oily coating body, a fair amount of alcohol which lasts as long as the mouth coating, some coffee & liquorice.
I am, again, glad that i used sugars in this beer 🙂

*2nd May ’12 – Just having a bottle of this, its rather good… maybe more like a Black IPA as the sugars have obviously helped to dry it out, very drinkable 🙂

*6th Jun ’12 – Taster time! This is rather bloody good, a full smooth and oily mouth feel, crisp tingly carbonation, its getting to the stage of being like Warm Boot leather and just as chewy 🙂

Ta Moko – This is a tweaked re-brew of AG#16 Once Were Warriors The hopping is just about identical but I’ve changed the malts a little and dropped the ABV to 4% for a nice easy drinker.
The original was very tasty with a chalky bitterness, I’m hoping for the same again.
Some may have to forgive my beer naming, Wikipedia tells me there is a more acceptable term for Maori designed Tattoo which is Kirituhi meaning “Drawn Skin”.  I have my own piece of ‘Drawn Skin’ on my thigh which was done in Auckland at www.mokoink.com

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 80%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 10%
Wheat Malt – 8%
Cara Munich Type III – 2%

Hops:
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 60 mins – 15g (FWH)
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 15 mins – 10g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.6 % @ 10 mins- 50g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.6 % @ 0 mins – 50g (80°c for 20-30mins)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 9.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 52 EBU (25% Hop Utilisation)
Colour: 8 EBC
Yeast: Safale US-05
Mash: 67°c for 60mins (I got 85% Mash efficiency)

Weighing out the Calcium Chloride & Magnesium Sulphate:
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Malt was at 9°c this morning:
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Mash temp 67°c:
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Pacific Gem and lots of Nelson Sauvin hops:
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Sparge running into copper:
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The 10 min Nelson Sauvin addition, hops all sticky and smelling lovely:
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Break material forming while cooling with the Copper Immersion Cooler:
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OG: 1040 will do me, my neighbour just gave me a longer (hence hopefully more accurate) hydrometer:
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All done and in the fermentation fridge at 19.5°c

*Bottled 28th Dec ’11 – with 70g white sugar, tasting good enough to drink from the FV, very clean and bags of Nelson Sauvin Flavour, this will be spot on once its carbonated up 🙂

*1st Jan ’12 – Very very early taster, Cat-Piss, Grapes, Muskiness, little bit of Kiwi maybe, classic Nelson Sauvin.

Thanks again to Rob at Hopzine for another glowing review:

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.

Hmm, I think I need to do some serious brewing 😉

Úber Brewing Nerd!

Admiral
Ahtanum
Amarillo
Bobek
Bobek
Bramling Cross
Brewers Gold
Cascade
Centennial
Columbus
East Kent Golding
First Gold
Fuggle
Golding
Green Bullet
Herkules
Hersbrucker
Home grown Fuggle
Liberty
Mittlefruh
Motueka
Nelson Sauvin
Pacific Gem
Pilot
Pioneer
Progress
Rakau
Riwaka
Saaz
Simcoe
Soverign
Sticklebract
Target
WGV
Williamette

That works out at 2.79kg across 35 hops!

Need something distinctly Hoppy & Pale between 4 – 5.5%
….Suggestions???

This should be a good whack in the mouth to the Bitterness receptors 😉

Over-run by Yanks

Fermentables:
Golden Promise – 2350g
Wheat Malt – 260g
Caramalt – 100g

Hops:
Pacific Gem @ 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin @ 15 mins 21g
Cascade @ 15 mins 16g
Centennial @ 15 mins 16g
Nelson Sauvin @ 0 mins 21g (80c Steep for 30 mins)
Cascade @ 0 mins 10g (80c Steep for 30 mins)
Centennial @ 0 mins 10g (80c Steep for 30 mins)

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 5% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.8 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 66 EBU
Colour: 9 EBC

The Grain bill and the temp:
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Mashing:
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66.6c Start of Mash:
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A blooming shed load of 15min and Steep Hops:
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A totally poxy amount of bittering hops:
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66.4c end of mash temp:
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Dirty puddle water with the FWHs:
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Frothy scummy boil:
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The 15min hops, a mix of Cascade, Nelson Sauvin & Centennial here:
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The 80c steep hops stirred in and left for 30mins:
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Nottingham Yeast dry sprinkled, I wasn’t as nice to my yeast today but its pretty well over pitched so should be OK
The wort was bright and straw coloured and has a good bitterness already 🙂  and my OG was 1047 rather than the planned 1051 which was probably due to me over-estimating the amount of wort the hops would hold, I usually go for 3L for losses to Hops & Trub but I went for 4L today.
Mash and batch Sparge both went well though I think my extra litre didn’t help my efficiency which was down to just over 70%, my liquor was treated to the GW Calc Dry Pale Ale profile so I didn’t do my semi-usual 5g Gypsum in with the grist.

*Bottled 6th Jan ’10 with 55g of DSM


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