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2013 Homegrown Hops – A British hopped pale ale, Yorkshire Homegrown hops from last years crop, I used the alpha acids that were last used in BeerEngine for the calculations but who knows what the bitterness will be like.

Pale Malt – 89%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 11%

Challenger – 60 mins – 9g
Fuggle – 60 mins – 9g
Challenger – 5 mins – 145g
Fuggle – 5 mins – 120g

Dry Hops:
Whitbread Golding 200g for 2-4 days

Final Volume: 25 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.013
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 42 EBU
Colour: 9 EBC
Mash: 60mins @ 69Β°c
Yeast: Safale us-05

Malts n Salts:
Lots of Hops:
First sparge wort going onto the FWH:
Quite a Hop charge at 5mins left to boil:

I’d liquored back with 2L during the boil as my volume in the copper was looking low, this later meant that I actually missed hitting my target OG of 1053 and got 1051. Weirdly the wort smells as if its been Wet-hopped even after drying and vac-packing my homegrown hops last September and kept in the freezer until now.

*28th Aug ’14 – Gravity at 1013.5 so dry hopped with 200g homegrown WGV, the beer was tasting good as it was so this may have been a mistake! Stirring them in has probably just oxidized the beer!
AG#125 - homegrown hops, 200g of WGV going in the FV! Beer tasting good already.

*Bottled 6th Sep ’14 – with 66g of white sugar in just over 20L so the hops and yeast accounted for about 5L of losses! Tasting pretty good, big orangy taste from the dry hops.

From memory I think from front to back its Challenger-Fuggle-WGV πŸ™‚ Last year my pathetic piece of string I used between the house & the pole just snapped in the strong winds we had so down came the hops! This year I’ve borrowed the neighbour’s ladders and fixed a strong Rawl Bolt Eye-bolt in the house wall and strung a securely clamped steel cable between pole & house.

I may change tack another year and move these plants round the side of the house into very large planters and attach some more cables from house down to fence so when they hops grow they will form a nice looking covering over the yard at the side and also have a lot of support from strong winds. If I do this I shall probably but a Bramling Cross / Saaz or Hallertau / Cascade in the original spot.

You can just see the wire top right, now firmly anchored to an eye bolt in the house wall:
I’ll leave these a week or so as they are to see which of the new growth starts climbing best before weeding out to keep maybe 4 or 5 strong shoots:
Coir twine, AKA ‘Bean String’ a nice biodegradable climbing frame for hops, hopefully it will be strong enough to support them until they get to the top wire:
Rather than cutting and clamping off the cable at the height of the upstairs windows I’ve taken the cable down the wall to knee-height and looped it over another eye-bolt so I can un-hook and lower the cable down when it comes to harvesting or cutting back the hops:

Hmm, I think I need to do some serious brewing πŸ˜‰

Úber Brewing Nerd!

Bramling Cross
Brewers Gold
East Kent Golding
First Gold
Green Bullet
Home grown Fuggle
Nelson Sauvin
Pacific Gem

That works out at 2.79kg across 35 hops!

Need something distinctly Hoppy & Pale between 4 – 5.5%

Its a two Batch day, I’m doing 12 litres a piece and actually taking my time over it. I decided to Mash then Sparge and collect, then Mash then Sparge and collect followed by 2 boils.

AG#13 – Bloody Nelson

Golden Promise 2090g
Wheat Malt 260g
German Cara Red 260g

Nelson Sauvin 60 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin 15 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 10g
Nelson Sauvin 0 mins 0 lbs. 0.4 oz 20g (I’ve doubled this from 10g as the hops were smelling good)

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.5 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 34 EBU
Colour: 15 EBC

The Grains, golden promise pale malt, wheat malt, carared malt, 1 tsp gypsum:
New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 67.7c:
FWH & 1 Tsp Gypsum:
12g of Nottingham Yeast:
20min steep of flame Out hops:
Rehydrated Notts yeast within 1 degree of my wort temp:

All put to bed now, lots of yeast for the 12L length, should get going pretty quick.
I’m not too sure if the CaraRed Malt has done its stuff, looked a bit straw-like in the boiler, will see better at bottling.
Near as damn it hit my OG just a point or two out. πŸ™‚

AG#14 – Black Promise

Golden Promise 1880g
Wheat Malt 260g
Black Malt 100g
Crystal Malt 100g

Northdown 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Fuggle 60 mins 5g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 20 mins 20g
Home Grown Fuggle 10 mins 21g

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.5 Litres
Mash Liquor: 5.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 36 EBU
Colour: 86 EBC

Grain weighed out, golden promise pale malt, black malt, crystal malt, wheat malt, 1 tsp gypsum, 1/2 tsp Calcium Chloride:
New toy with little Brewing calculator on it, mashed in @ 66c:
Good deep colour, though tastes a bit mild I was hoping for more of the Black malt flavours:
WGV going in!:
Home grown Fuggles going in:
Near enough for me:

All done, I just hope the Black malt comes through with the flavour as well as the colour. πŸ™‚

**Bottled Bloody Nelson 27th Nov ’09 with 50g of DSM

**Black Promise *Bottled 3rd Dec ’09 with 55g of DSM

Beard Lovers Bitter –Β  W.G.V IPA

Lager Malt 1040g
Maris Otter 1040g
Wheat Malt 520g
Crystal Malt, Pale 53g

Whitbread Golding 90 mins 26g (FWH)
Whitbread Golding 30 mins 13g
Whitbread Golding 15 mins 13g
Fuggle 10 mins 10g
Saaz Whole 0 mins 10g (80 C Steep for 20 mins)

Water Treatment:
Treated using Grahams water treatment calculator for the Burton Pale Ale profile.

Final Volume: 12 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Total Liquor: 18.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 6.7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 56 EBU
Colour: 8 EBC

The Goods:
Grain temp:
Doughing in:
The Mash:
Mash temp:
Closed lid mash temp:
Yeast Starter, Nottingham Yeast:
Hops and Protafloc:
Finished Mash Temp:
A bit of extra late hopping:
First Sparge Wort:
FWH and first batch of the sparge go on to warm up:
Second Batch of sparged wort:
Mmmm, my first Cold Break in the boiler, my new IC doing its job:
Murky wort in the FV with yeast Pitched at 22 C:

I started at 7.30am and finished about 3pm! Had lunch and breakfast in amongst.
I ended up with OG:1058 so watered down with 1.9L of ASDA Smart Price water in the boiler before collecting in the FV. The collected wort was pretty murky, try as I might I could not get it to run clear, I’m wondering if my short brew lengths of 12 litres are to blame with half the depth of hop-bed filtration in comparison to a 5 Gallon brew.

**Bottled 22nd July 2009**

A Little Hop update πŸ™‚
From Left to right…
Fuggles cuttings still alive!
WGV cutting doing well πŸ™‚
Replacement WGV from aplus hops πŸ™‚ Doing well as the first one just died.

The Challenger plant is now making its way onto the strings I’ve strung across the yard.

The Fuggle is really going for it!!!!!

Fuggle put into a big planter with enough room to give it a pile of mulch on top for winter.

Challenger is a bit more spindly but growing well, also in a large planter, the bit of wood screwed to the wall behind is my ‘Heath Robinson’ hop climbing frame and has strings attached stretching across the yard for the hops to grow on.

Left hand plastic bottle is a couple of broken off Fuggle cuttings and the right hand pot is the WGV cutting, which was kindly given to me, is coming on nicely now.

I got these plants Friday 8th May and planted them all in the same compost in the same way, the WGV was the only hop rhizome with leaves, the rest were simply earthy looking roots. The Challenger and the Fuggle both got going pretty quick after planting but the WGV was trying to kill its self each day looking worse for wear!
Its only the last couple of days that its pushed out a couple of fresh green leaves and it trying to live!

The Fuggle is doing pretty well, its going to need a cane soon to climb πŸ™‚

The Challenger is a little way behind the Fuggle but has more than one shoot

All plant rhizomes came from

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