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Belgian Hop Burst – I wasn’t going to brew today I was going to trim the hedges, I decided to skim the yeast from the Belgian Extra Blonde in the fermenter so I could experiment more with WLP575. The yeast had thrown off a lot of sulphur while fermenting I’d guess for one of two reasons; 1/ its just a yeast that does that sort of thing, 2/ the liquor treatment I used had too much in the way of sulphates in it so it made the yeast express this with co2 as it fermented. The FV had been left on the garage floor and the thermometer strip on the side said it was at a pretty steady 22c, if that thermometer was actually a bit wrong the beer could have fermented too cool and the lack of vigorous fermentation may have stopped enough of the sulphurous odors from gassing off, though its not like I’m saying the yeast didn’t ferment vigorously as it went off like a rocket spewing out all over the garage floor 🙂

So yeah, the hedges are still in need of trimming but I have made wort! I am aiming for a fruity, malty & sweet sort of beer, this recipes lack of sugar will hopefully be compensated for by the lower mash temp than that of AG#127… we shall see.
The yeast flavour is actually quite clean so the double edged sword of a warmer more controlled ferment coupled with no added sulphates, just a simple Tsp of CaCl, will hopefully bring out more of a Belgian character and gas-off any volatile sulphur compounds.

Recipe Specs
Batch Size (L):           20.0
Total Grain (kg):         4.166
Total Hops (g):           90.00
Original Gravity (OG):    1.048  (°P): 11.9
Final Gravity (FG):       1.010  (°P): 2.6
Alcohol by Volume (ABV):  5.03 %
Colour (SRM):             11.3   (EBC): 22.3
Bitterness (IBU):         27.2   (Rager)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 75
Boil Time (Minutes):      60

Malts:
3.334 kg Pale Malt (80%)
0.208 kg CaraGold (5%)
0.208 kg Dark Crystal 340 ebc (5%)
0.208 kg Munich I (5%)
0.208 kg Vienna (5%)

Single step Infusion at 65°C for 60 Minutes.

Hops:
2.0 g Willamette Leaf (6.4% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (First Wort) (0.1 g/L)
44.0 g Ahtanum Leaf (4.5% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Flameout Stand) (2.2 g/L) (Software calculated as 5min boil)
44.0 g Columbus Leaf (16.5% Alpha) @ 0 Minutes (Flameout Stand) (2.2 g/L) (Software calculated as 5min boil)

My yeast was raring to do with just a little wort added to it at the start of transfer so I’ll probably end up making a yeasty mess of the fermentation fridge… which is set to 24c

Malts and Calcium Chloride:
AG#128 - Belgian Hop Burst, malts with just a Tsp of CaCl.
A massive 2g of First Wort Hops!
AG#128 - Belgian Hop Burst, a massive 2g of willamette to bitter!
Liquored back to 1048:
AG#128 - Belgian Hop Burst, 1051.5 going for 1048.

I’m still waiting for lease paperwork from the landlord before I start ordering my brewkit for @wishbonebrewery

*22 Sep ’14 – Gravity at 1014.5 thats fair ripped through the fermentation since pitching yesterday and no sulphurous odors and flavour is still quite clean, hop flavours tasting good.

*Bottled 4th Oct ’14 – with 70g of sugar in just short of 20L, tastes good, has more character with the warmer ferment, could use a touch more Dark Crystal to boost the colour a bit and hit a deeper red.

*15th Oct ’14 – This is tasting rather good, it has a nice slick mouth coating body, I could go a touch heavier on the hops but otherwise has good depth.

Nit Wit – Something Decocting going on! The plan was to brew a Belgian style Wit, I’m taking some reference from ‘Radical Brews’ & ‘Brewing Classic Styles’ books along with Leedsbrew‘s brewday. This is the first time I’ve done a Decoction Mash and I started out using Beer Alchemy on the iPhone then later Switched to Brewzor on the old HTC Android, though the recipe was designed in good old BeerEngine.
I decided on the morning of the brewday to go with all Crystal Hops rather than my initial idea of blending them with Green Bullet (which I find like a very strong Styrian / Bobek)… however I had just slightly less Crystal than I wanted so added the 6g of Citra in the Flameout steep for that little touch of, what I hope will be, a complimentary herbal edge.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 50%
Flaked Wheat – 43%
Flaked Oats – 5%
Cara Vienna (Dingemans) – 2%

Hops:
Crystal – 4.9 % @ 60 mins – 12g (FWH)
Crystal – 4.9 % @ 30 mins – 30g
Crystal – 4.9 % @ 0 mins – 6g (30min Steep)
Citra – 13.8 % @ 0 mins – 6g (30min Steep)

Other additions:
Orange Zest – 27g
Lemon Zest – 5g
Orange Juice – 300ml from the 3 Oranges
Crushed Coriander – 11g
Camomile – 3g

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4.4% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 13.7 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 65 % (I lowered this as I thought the mash may struggle with all the Flaked Adjuncts)
Bitterness: 17 EBU (BeerEngine Hop Utilisation set to 25%, which looks to compare with Rager setting in Beer Alchemy)
Colour: 3 EBC

The plan was to do a single decoction with the initial mash temp being 50°c, I mashed in and hit 51°c and left to rest for 15mins, then calculated the decoction using Beer Alchemy to raise the temperature to 68°c, so I brought the 5.92L of Mash to the boil then added back to the main mash. This increased the mash temp to 61°c which was nowhere near so I let rest for a further 15mins and did it again but this time using Brewzor… this is where i managed to punch the wrong numbers into the phone and only boiled up 2.9L which when added back to the main mash took me to 63°c, so again I rested the mash for 15mins! So now I’m onto the third decoction, and punched the right figures into the phone and boiled up my final 4.3L of the mash and added it back to the main mash to attain my 68°c that the first decoction should have given me.
Something obviously went a drift somewhere, be it software or operator error, anyway… I enjoyed myself 🙂
Now I’ve dipped my toe in the decoction,  so to speak, I’m eager to use my Whitelabs Hefeweizen yeast and do a German Wheat beer with a shed load of Decoction steps!

Flaked goods and Cara Vienna, I added 2.1g Gypsum to the mash which started at 8.25am:
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Doing a Decoction, I added the first back to the main mash at 9.15am:
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Iodine test for Starch, this was after I’d been out shopping for oranges and it was 12.10pm with the last Decoction being added back to the main mash at 10.10am, I got a pretty mental 86% efficiency:
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Second sparge running off into the copper with First Wort Hops, I used a Stout profile in THBF Liquor treatment calculator and added 14.6g Calcium Chloride / 2.3g Magnesium Sulphate / 3g Salt (Sodium Chloride) to the copper with the hops that I’m going to give it a further slick oily mouth-feel to the finished beer, this is something I will have to report back on later:
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I have a massive crack… in my Mash! It was amazing the way the decoctions turned the mash from a gloopy gelatinous mess into something that ran freely and looked like wort!:
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Crystal hops for 30min addition:
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Orange & Lemon Zest with the juice of 3 oranges, I appreciate that the Orange Juice may cause a pectin haze… Good:
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Crushed Coriander seeds with a couple of teabags-worth of Camomile:
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Looks like its going to be a nice pale colour, had to do a load of Liquoring back to hit correct OG, I ended up with 29 litres  so had to split the wort between my regular FV and a smaller new one I’d just got:
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So with all that extra wort I put some in an Oxfam bucket and pitched T-58 into that to see what the differences are, the Oxfam buckets are really thick strong plastic and mega cheap too:
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It was a pretty long brewday but I actually found it all rather entertaining, even though the Decoctions didn’t have the desired affect to begin with, Whitelabs WLP400 Belgian Wit Yeast pitched from an 800ml Starter that I’d chilled and poured most of the beer off the top.
Oh! and i didn’t realise until later that this was my 80th All Grain Brewday 🙂

*30th may ’12 – T-58 batch has finished at 1013, so a nice amount of body left. The WLP400 has stopped at 1035! Meh! Just given it a good thrashing with a sanitised paddle, fingers crossed all the yeast that was sat on top will get back to work and stop slacking!

*Further days up-to 1st Jun ’12 – it seems this yeast requires regular attention, the yeast seems to ferment and then rise to the top then stall, so two days running I have roused the fermenter and each day I have come back to find the yeast trying to escape the bucket with a subsequent gravity drop.

*4th Jun ’12 – Gravity at 1008 now after some further rousing, fingers crossed its finished there.

*Bottled 10th Jun ’12 primed in bulk for 2.5 Volumes of co2

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

Amarillo WeizenPart 2 of my Weizen experiment, again using Whitelabs WLP300. It was another long Mash today as I had to go down to work for a while so it had a 2 hour 10 min mash!

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt – 50%
Lager Malt – 40%
Melanoidin Malt – 10%

Hops:
Amarillo AA 6.7 % @ 60 mins – 44g
Amarillo AA 6.7 % @ 5 mins – 38g

Final Volume: 21 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 30.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 38 EBU
Colour: 16 EBC

Malts, Salts & Temp (I used the Liquor Treatment calc at THBF today for a change):
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I decided to have a play at recirculating the wort on both batch sparges (as Leedsbrew did last weekend), though sad to say I only managed a pathetic 68% mash efficiency. I’m again amazed at my False Bottom in the mash tun, I was recirculating at full throttle with a very good flow:
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Late hops with protafloc tablet go in at 5minutes left of boil:
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Some hops, the Amarillo were smelling lovely:
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OG is 1054:
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Yeast pitched from a split from last week, 330ml crown capped bottle at room temperature pitched into 20°c wort. I was about 4 litres down in the FV but I’m not going to Liquor-back, it will save on bottling!

*Bottled 21st Aug ’11 with 60g of White Sugar

Nelson Weizen – This is the first of my Wheat beer brews as detailed Here using Nelson Sauvin Hops to bitter and flavour the beer which will be fermented with Whitelabs WLP300.
I reduced my brew-length just a little to try and ensure I have enough malts to squeeze out the three or four intended wheat beer brews.

Fermentables:
Wheat Malt – 50%
Lager Malt – 45%
CaraHell (Weyermann) – 5%

Hops:
Nelson Sauvin AA 13.0 % @ 60 mins – 21g – (FWH)
Nelson Sauvin AA 13.0 % @ 5 mins – 41g

Final Volume: 21 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.012
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 28.8 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.2 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 41 EBU
Colour: 7 EBC
Yeast: Whitelabs WLP300 Hefeweizen
Mashed @ 66°C for over 2 hours (‘cos I had to go do some work!)
Boil: 60mins with 25min Steep
Liquor treatment: GW Calc General Purpose profile
Malts weighed out and Temperature taken:
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Weighing out the liquor treatments:
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FWH:
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The False bottom mash tun worked admirably again, even with 50% Wheat in the mix there was no sign at all of it sticking, I actually opened up the valve fully for a while to see if it would suck bits through and it didn’t and just flowed really fast:
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Hops and protafloc for the last 5 mins, followed with a 25min Copper Stand:
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WLP300 – Approx 500ml of Starter, I bottled 2 splits prior to this shot for the next two brews:
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I’d say this is near as damn it, I liquored back with 1 Litre before taking this shot:
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Leftovers in the copper, the wort settled out lovely and clear after cooling:
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The yeast starter was smelling great, all cleaned up and tidy, nice easy brewday 🙂

*Bottled 14th Aug ’11 with 80g of White Sugar dissolved in 100ml water and added to 20 litres of beer, FG 1010.
Tasting pretty good, the apple taste & aroma have now gone, left the bottles in the garage just in case I’ve made bottle bombs… though I shouldn’t have!

*First 1 week bottled taste – aroma is smooth caramel, taste maybe a mix of banana & grape, It has a dryness,  its different.

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 🙂

Kolsch Wit – Almost the malt bill of a Belgian Wit combined with Tettnang Hops and the Whitelabs Kölsch yeast. Should be very light, maybe cloudy, clean & Lager-esque.

Fermentables:
Lager Malt – 55%
Flaked Wheat- 30%
Flaked Rye – 10%
Munich Malt- 5%

Hops:
Tettnang – 4.2 % @ 60 mins – 50g (FWH)
Tettnang – 4.2 % @ 10 mins – 20g
Tettnang – 4.2 % @ 0 mins – 30g (20min Steep with the sting just knocked out of the boil with the IC)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.009
Alcohol Content: 4% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.9 Litres
Mash Liquor: 11.4 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 70 % (Reduced from my usual 80% due to having a lot of Flaked Adjuncts)
Bitterness: 26 EBU
Colour: 3 EBC

Whtelabs Kölsch yeast starter:
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Scoop of Lager malt:
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Flaked Wheat:
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Flaked Rye:
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Malt Temp:
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The usual FWH and first batch spargings:
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I cooled to 16c before running to FV and pitching the yeast:
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A little above my target of 1040:
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The refractometer read 10.5 Brix (OG: 1040)
I Mashed for 2h 15mins and got 72% Mash efficiency, I pitched the Kölsch yeast while running to the fermenter at 16c, I shall be doing my best to keep the temperature under control in the garage. It might be time for some wet towels!

*Bottled 4th May ’11 with 70g White Sugar, tasting good, yeast practically dropped bright in the FV.

*9th May: Yet another very early taster, Very very lager-esque, bottles clear as a bell & even the bit of yeast that got in the glass was clumping, hopefully the carbonation will build a little more over the next week.
If brewed again I’d be a little more liberal with the priming sugars.


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