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AG#8 – JBK Anniversary Brew 09www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk

The instructions:

Jim wrote:I would look for something around a maximum of 55 OG, with crystal malt to give it body and a bit of darkness from roast barley and good old English hops – plenty of fuggle with a bit of golding for aroma and around 45 to 50 IBUs.

So this is what I’ve come up with:

Fermentables:
Maris Otter 1880g
Dark Crystal Malt 205g (no mention of which crystal, so this gives me a chance to try out some Dark Crystal)
Torrefied Wheat 78g
Roasted Barley 26g

Hops:
Challenger – 60 mins 19g
Progress – 30 mins 16g
First Gold – 5 mins 11g

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.041
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Bitterness: 48 EBU
Colour: 64 EBC

The Grain weighed out, 2 Tsp of Chalk and Gysum for the Mash:
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The Intended Yeast slurry from a previous brew which is coming back to life and releasing some bubbles, will decant off the beer and pitch some of this:
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The new manifold in my 15L tun, note the support sleeving to support my warm floppy pipe. I may need to make this a rigid arrangement in future:
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Grist Temp:
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The Mash Tun:
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Mashed in @ 67C, leaving for 90 mins:
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Mash pH looks near enough:
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Hops, Generous weighing as I know the Burton Ale yeast will subdue them:
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End mash temp:
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First Runnings being recycles, sparging went brilliantly, no sticking and pretty clear wort:
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First Wort Hops going in with first batch spargings:
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Leftovers:
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Bacon butty:
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5 min hops addition with cooler already in:
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Sanitising with Starsan:
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Pretty clear hitting the FV and a good deep colour:
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Pitching Whitelabs Burton Ale yeast Slurry @ 24C:
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Well Aerated:
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Hops and Trub:
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My exceedingly happy brewing cupboard, FV1 is JBK, FV2 is Blauer Vogel, in the back the Top crate is full of TTL, underneath and to the left there is my Otter Dark Stout:
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Just a bit of clearing up to do, hit OG1042 @ 24C so that’ll do me πŸ™‚
Happy Anniversary JBK, Live long and prosper and all that πŸ™‚
Hope this will be a good one, I needed a darker ale under my belt πŸ™‚

Bottling Update FG hit 1010/1012 ish
Full Crate:
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Sun shining through then bottle, lots of Burton Ale yeast in suspension, should take a few weeks for it to settle out:
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2 weeks of warm followed by 2 weeks of cool and these should be ready.

Something for the JBK Anniversary bottles πŸ™‚
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Munich Blauer Vogel

This is basically a Coniston Bluebird Bitter with 500g of Munich Malt (and about 80g too much Crystal as it seemed a shame to leave such a small bag full!) and a little extra hopping. I’ll be pitching a split Whitelabs Edinburgh Ale yeast.

Fermentables:
Maris Otter 3600g
Munich Malt 500g
Crystal Malt 170g

Hops:
Boadicea 60 mins 27g (FWH)
Challenger 30 mins 30g
Challenger 20 mins 21g
Challenger 0 mins 10g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.6 Litres
Mash Liquor: 10.7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 48 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

The Grain; Maris Otter, Munich Malt, Crystal Malt:
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Mashing, thanks to my honey for the photo πŸ˜‰ :
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Mashed in a little high:
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pH of Mash looks somewhere near:
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Boiler warming Sparge water and Mash tucked up under a coat:
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Hops and brew Sheet:
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No sparging photos as its stuck like a B’stard again!! Not happy, even with more and larger saw cuts in the copper manifold (Using the Thermos coolbox), it might have to be net curtain time next brew.
I’m finding the grain bed is going really solid, could this be the problem, could it maybe be my stirring technique after adding the batch sparge water etc?

Boadicea and 5g Gypsom FWH:
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Challenger 30 min Hops:
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OG:1040 couple of points out, though it was 27 Deg C so that about right, and I collected a few litres more than I should have:
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Action Shot:
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Cold Break:
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Aeration and hop debris catching:
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Pitched yeast at 26C-ish which had half an hour or so with some Fresh cooled wort added to it after decanting the ‘beer’ off the top of the yeast split bottle.

Fingers crossed for an Úber-Bluebird;)

**This was fermenting within 24 hours, and this morning (Sunday) its going great πŸ™‚

**Bottled Tuesday 6th October 2009 with 100g sugar

Deuchars IPAwww.caledonian-brewery.co.uk
Time to pop my Cherry, Started at 8.30am, the Mash is now on at 9.20am πŸ™‚ I’m going to do a 90 minute Mash and a Boil of 60 mins… which should hopefully time well with the Bacon & Egg butties for breakfast with the other half πŸ˜‰ *so we can actually use the cooker and grill ‘cos its not got a fecking huge pan on it!* πŸ™„
I’ve just slightly over estimated my grain weights to be on the safe side as have I with the Batch Sparge volumes using DaaB’s Batch Sparge Calculator.

Fermentables:
Maris Otter Malt 2180 grams
Crystal Malt 105 grams

Hops:
Fuggle 9 grams @ 60 mins (FWH)
Aurora 9 grams @ 60 mins (FWH)
Willamette 9 grams @ 15 mins
Bobek 10 grams @ 5 mins
Fuggle 9 grams @ 5 mins

Copper Finings:
Protafloc Tablet – Last 15-20 Minutes

Predicted stuff:
Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.043
Final Gravity: 1.010 *final reading was actually 1010*
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 5.7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 33 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

The Mash:
Recipe done in BeerEngine software www.practicalbrewing.co.uk and notes scrawled!
The original recipe came from www.hopandgrain.com
Most of the ingredients from www.barleybottom.com

Pre-heating the Mash tun with hot tap water, good pinch of Sodium Met treating the Hot tap water in the FV

Grain Temperature 18.5 Deg C

The Maris otter malt and Crystal Malt

Water at Strike heat and Grain ready to mash

Strike Temp, tweaked with a dash of boiling water as I decanted from the boiler with a jug and lost a few degrees

Starting Mash Temperature, Mash to last 90 minutes

All tucked up and monitored with a cheap Fish Tank thermometer from Dealextreme.com πŸ™‚

Wort to the Copper:
End of Mash period, I actually went 15 minutes over the planned 90mins

Mash topped up and stirred ready for first runnings

First runnings, which are returned to the mash until it runs clearer (Which was at least 3 Litres)

Filling FV before transfer to boiler (Think you’d call this an Under-back)

Hops all weighed out, First Wort Hops, 15min hops, 5 minute hops and half a protafloc tablet

First Wort Hops with boiler filling

Spent grains

The Boil:
15 minute hop addition + Protafloc

5 minute Hop addition

The Wort (still hot)

Left overs (Still hot as I haven’t made an IC yet)

Safale s-04 Pitched once this had cooled down in the bath πŸ™‚ Now its cooled I can really see the cold break forming as its gone all clumpy and is slowly settling.
All done, not bad for about 6 hours, not including cooling time as it will be a while sat in cold water in the bath πŸ™‚
And all pretty stress free, I’m glad I have been doing some extract brews as its got me fairly confident with the boiling and hop schedules, the Mash was a piece of cake with no problems.

Lessons learned:
I need to do is calibrate all my buckets and my boiler pot.
It would be handy to have an IC.
HLT isn’t necessary for the moment.
Time to look into water treatment a little.
πŸ™‚

Mash details:
about 18-20 Litres collected @ OG 1022 / 62.1 Deg C

In the FV:
Final Volume was about right looking for my 12 litre brew length, maybe slightly more than planned which would probably be due to Sparge Volumes / 60 vs 90 minute boils.
OG 1026 / 72.8 Deg C *Actual OG is 1046, just a little higher than its supposed to be.

I think this makes my efficiency pretty good. πŸ™‚

**Update** Bottled today 10th July 2009, tasted pretty good πŸ™‚

My Stock Pot to Copper Conversion.

The Starting point was this, a Huge 38 Litre Aluminium Stock Pot:
The Huge 38 Litre Aluminium Stock Pot
I had this welded up at work, made from a 1/2″ BSP Stainless Steel barrel nipple from BES and a 3mm thick M22 Stainless washer from Stig’s Stainless Steel Fasteners:
Home made Tank connector
The 1/2″ BSP Female-Female Ball Valve came from BES and 1/2″ BSP-Compression Elbow was from B&Q, there is a brass 1/2″ BSP Female-15mm Compression fitting with another M22 washer on the inside of the stockpot holding the Tank connector in place:
Mounted Ball Valve tap
My Home made Hop Strainer (Hop Stopper), can drain down with a bit of a Pan tilt to 1 litre of dead space (*To be improved):
Hop Stopper
Outflow from the boiler via a piece of 15mm copper pipe (*slight redesign in order):
Outflow
Plan view of a re-design idea (*which I won’t need to use)
Redesign idea

* <<< Stuff marked with a star / asterisk:
The first drain down of the pot left about 1 Litre of liquid and I had to tilt the pan to get it to drain that far. I did some reading up at www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk and started looking into the ‘Syphon Effect’ and decided to stick some electrical tape over the top two thirds of the strainer (the bottom third of the holes are left open) holes and also reduced the internal diameter of the outflow pipe with a bit of PVC tube stuffed in the end. I did the same drain down test and found that it not only drained down faster but also only left 75ml of liquid in a level pan, no tilting necessary!
Now I just need to get a 15mm-10mm copper reducing fitting for the outflow pipe and solder up the top two thirds of the holes in the hop strainer. I’ll also drill some more holes in the remaining bottom third to as to keep a good open area.

Can’t wait for the next brew day now πŸ™‚ I can’t help but think that I could half cool the wort via the outflow pipe now too if I just did a bit more coper pipe bodging and turned it into a counter-flow chiller!

My modified hop Strainer section, holes just in the bottom third of the tube, makes use of the syphon Effect:
Modified hop Strainer


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