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Kraftwort – I really enjoyed last years brew of ‘Big Malty Smoke beer‘ so I thought I’d do a smokier one this year, and to add a little extra to it I’m doing a Double Decoction.

Fermentables:
Rauch Malt (Weyermann) – 56.3%
Oak-Smoked Pale Wheat Malt (Weyermann) – 28.2%
Munich Type I (Weyermann) – 14.1%
Carafa Special III (Weyermann) – 1.4%

Hops:
Spalt Select – 5.2 % @ 60 mins – 70g
Spalt Select – 5.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity: 1.015
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 33 EBU
Colour: 57 EBC
Mash: Infusion to 52°c for 30mins, Decoction to 65°c for 60mins, Decoction to 71°c, Sparge at 78°c
Yeast: 2x Safale us-05 and a cool 18°c ferment

The malts & Temp:
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Hops from Simply:
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The First Decoction went well and took me upto saccrification temperature:
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A rather nice deep colour from the first runnings:
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Messy splattered mash tun after the decoctions:
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In go the hops:
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Chillin’ I left it to get nice and cold:
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Liquored back hot in the copper with a couple of litres and the refractometer, ended up with 1063.5 so near enough, I have been using hot liquor to liquorback in FV with lately but I wanted to keep the temp in the FV nice and low, which i did.

Bit of a long brewday with the decoctions and rests, smells a tastes good already 🙂

*29th Oct ’13 – I warmed it up a couple of days ago and let it finish off, its at a steady 1009.5 making it 7.1%!!! I’m chilling it down now ready for bottling.

*Bottled 3rd Nov ’13 – with 122g white sugar primings, tasting good, tastes very smokey 🙂

*20th Nov ’13 – Taster time, this is starting to be good now, its plenty smokey but subtle all at the same time.

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Ring of Fire – This is a brew using two New Zealand hops I’ve never tried, ‘Pacifica’ and ‘Pacific Jade’ the latter smells like a cross between Citra & Nelson Sauvin to me…
The name is taken from the the hops / Pacific Ocean / volcanic “Ring of Fire”, part of which passes through New Zealand giving them Geothermal activity and Earthquakes.
A fairly sensible malt bill with German Munich Malt for some maltiness and Cara-Pils & Cara-Belge for some body & Sweetness, I’m going fairly restrained on the early bittering and quite light on the 5 minute hops as I want to leave the Dry Hopping to do the talking which will be the remainder of the two 100g packs of hops, should be around 50g of each.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 75%
Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 10%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 5%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Cara Belge (Weyermann) – 5%

Hops:
NZ Pacifica – 6.1 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
Pacific Jade – 15.1 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
NZ Pacifica – 6.1 % @ 30 mins – 10g
Pacific Jade – 15.1 % @ 30 mins – 10g
Pacific Jade – 15.1 % @ 5 mins – 30g (with 20min Steep)
NZ Pacifica – 6.1 % @ 5 mins – 30g (with 20min Steep)

Dry Hops: (These will be added near the end of fermentation before cooling)
Pacific Jade – 50g
NZ Pacifica – 50g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.049 – I got 1053 so liquored-back 1.7 Litres
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 % – I actually hit over 83%
Bitterness: 50 EBU (I still have the BeerEngine software set to 25% Hop Utilisation)
Colour: 9 EBC
Mash: 67°c for 60-90mins
Yeast: Safale us-05
Liquor Treatment: General setting via www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/water.php

Malts & Temp:
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First Wort Hops and liquor Salts for the boil:
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The 5 min Hops & 1 Protafloc tablet:
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Recirculating about 6 litres to get rid of the Turbid wort before running to the copper:
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5min Hops going in:
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Break material forming during cooling:
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OG:1053, I liquored back to correct 1049 gravity in FV:
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Pretty straight forward brewday, bleached a couple of crates of bottles thoroughly in amongst brewing to prepare to bottle AG#82 on Tuesday-ish 🙂

Liquoring back:
Its pretty easy to use a Smart Phone based app to help you calculate your liquoring back volume, but probably just as easy to use a calculator, it goes a like this.

Wort OG x Volume = (Litre Degrees)
Litre Degrees / Target OG = Volume to make up to with Liquor-Back
(We drop the leading 10 from the 1053 giving us 53)

Its important to read your Hydrometer/Saccharometer correctly and adjusting for sample temperature and know an accurate volume for the wort that you’ve collected.

*Bottled 15th Jul ’12 – with 90g sugar to 20.5 Litres of beer, tastes pretty green / grassy / zingy / catty, will probably take 2 or 3 weeks to settle down in the bottle.

*18th Jul ’12 – Cheeky taster, Orange zest and smooth, slight musky edge… bet would work well as an IPA or just a lovely refreshing summer pint.

Amber Motueka – I should really be brewing for a Twitter #BlackIPAoff beer swap with @Broadfordbrewer & @BrotherLogic but I decided to use up the end of a sack of Lager Malt and use some of the wonderful Motueka hops I have stashed in the Hop-Freezer. Motueka works rather well as a dry-hop so I’ll be using up the remainder of the bag once initial fermentation has died down.
This will ‘hopefully’ be a nice Amber coloured Hoppy IPA-like beer with a nice malt presence and a firm smooth bitterness.  🙂

Fermentables:
Vienna Malt (Weyermann) – 40%
Lager Malt – 37.2%
Wheat Malt – 16%
Cara Aroma (Weyermann) – 3.7%
Cara Munich Type III (Wey – 3%

Hops:
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 60 mins – 20g (FWH)
Magnum – 14.5 % @ 60 mins – 10g (FWH)
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 15 mins – 20g
Motueka (B Saaz) – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 40g

Dry Hops:
Motueka (B Saaz) – 20g (or whatever is left from the 100g packet)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.3 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 55 EBU (Utilisation set to 25%)
Colour: 39 EBC
Mash: 60mins @ 66c
Boil: 60mins
Yeast: Safale US-05
Liquor Treatment: Burton Pale Ale using the Graham Wheeler treatment calculator

HLT temperature:
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Some of the malts:
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Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate) being weighed out:
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First Wort Hops and a small Sodium Chloride (Salt) addition in the Copper:
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Flameout hops and half a Protafloc tab, it ran off pretty clear so 1/2 is all you really need for 5 gallons:
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Hops steeped for 20-30mins with an occasional stir:
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Target of 1049, near enough:
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Wort dropping from copper into fermenting vessel, given a good thrash with a paddle and dry sprinkled the yeast:
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A wide shot of running to fermenter, the all important clock in the background:
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A no fuss brewday, everything works, hit gravity, yeast pitched, put to bed in the fermentation fridge for the first time!
Safale us-05 has a temperature range of 15-24c so I’ve set the cooling to come on at 24c and left the heating turned off so it can increase in temperature naturally.

*12 Nov ’11 FG  1012 reached, loose Dry Hopped with 20g of Motueka and set the fermentation fridge to cool to 17c.

*Bottled 18th Nov ’11 with 75g white sugar, tasting nice, nothing over-powering just nice.

*23rd Nov ’11 – About 1 week bottled taster, fruity with sweet malty bits, good mid-to-light-amber colour (Just been eating chocolate so maybe not the best pallet cleanser), maybe not the IPA-esque beer I was after but tasty, bitterness is smooth and pallet-coating. This beer would make a very nice Belgian ale with the appropriate yeast.

*1st Dec ’11 – now its had a bit more time in the bottle its drying out and the bitterness is coming through, its a lovely smooth bitterness. I’m happy with the results.

*17th Jan ’12 – This is a bloody good beer now 🙂

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 🙂

Its pretty cool to find your stock photos in action, I spotted this one from the sale details on Fotolia and a little Google (other search engines are available) and I found this 🙂 http://www.fredolsencruises.com/destinations/northern-europe/netherlands/amsterdam

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Here’s the original file at Fotolia

Amsterdam

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I have just sold my girlfriend / fiancée for the first time at BigStockPhoto for a massive $3 wooo! 😉
Here she is, sat on a rock by a local reservoir while we were out walking the dogs, so far she has not sold at the other agencies BSP is the first!

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My first ‘On Demand’ sale at shutterstock looks promising at $2.48 for 1 sale, much better than the original subscription payout level I’m on of $0.33 per sale 🙂 Lets hope for more of these 🙂
Shutterstock could claw back some potential buyers that might have been defecting to istockphoto with this, and its going to keep the photographers happy too. 🙂

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