Archive for December, 2016

AG#70 – Monkey Feet Pale Ale

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Here’s another attempt at a pale ale, this time adding some Munich malt for some bready characteristics.

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 27.96 l
Post Boil Volume: 23.96 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated Color: 13.1 EBC
Estimated IBU: 39.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.6 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients

0.25 tsp Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins Water Agent 1 –
5.200 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Crisp (6.5 EBC) Grain 2 90.0 %
0.350 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 15L (29.6 EBC) Grain 3 6.1 %
0.225 kg Munich Malt (17.7 EBC) Grain 4 3.9 %
0.25 Items Koppakleer Tablet (Boil 5.0 mins) Fining 5 –
100 g Ahtanum [5.20 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 Hop 6 10.7 IBUs
100 g Cascade [7.80 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 Hop 7 16.0 IBUs
50 g Citra [13.40 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 Hop 8 12.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 9 –
100 g Cascade [7.80 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
Mash Schedule: Bubbles’ Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 5.775 kg
Mash In Add 16.17 l of water at 74.6 C 68.0 C 60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 18.07l) of 77.0 C water

29/12/2016 – Brew Day. Very slow runoff from mash tun which only seemed to right itself when I tilted the mash tun forwards. I’ve no idea what the problem was. I pitched 300ml of yeast slurry from a higher gravity beer and which had also been in the fridge for three weeks. Fingers crossed.

30/12/2016 – No activity! I panicked and pitched another sachet of yeast. I also moved the fermenter into the hall where it’s a bit warmer. Fermentation going 5 hours later. I’d say that the temperature was the problem. The freshly pitched yeast won’t go astray in finishing the fermentation.

15/01/2017 – I went old-school with the addition of 100g Cascade for the dry-hop.

28/01/2017 – Bottled with 109g corn sugar (17.5 litres @ 2.4 vol). Got 21 x 750ml bottles form the batch.

AG#69 – Big Dawg Imperial Amber Ale

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Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 26.94 l
Post Boil Volume: 23.44 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 19.00 l
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.071 SG
Estimated Color: 26.3 EBC
Estimated IBU: 69.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 58.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 68.7 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.000 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Crisp (6.5 EBC) Grain 1 84.0 %
0.450 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (78.8 EBC) Grain 2 6.3 %
0.200 kg Wheat Malt, Ger (3.9 EBC) Grain 3 2.8 %
0.150 kg Biscuit Malt (45.3 EBC) Grain 4 2.1 %
0.050 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (236.4 EBC) Grain 5 0.7 %
0.040 kg Chocolate Malt (886.5 EBC) Grain 6 0.6 %
23 g Cascade [9.30 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 28.4 IBUs
0.250 kg Corn Sugar (Dextrose) [Boil for 20 min]( Sugar 8 3.5 %
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 9 –
100 g Amarillo [9.60 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10. Hop 10 16.4 IBUs
77 g Cascade [9.30 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 Hop 11 13.4 IBUs
50 g Citra [13.40 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 Hop 12 11.4 IBUs
1.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35. Yeast 13 –
100 g Amarillo [9.60 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
100 g Simcoe [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs
Mash Schedule: Bubbles’ Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 7.140 kg
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Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 19.29 l of water at 74.6 C 68.0 C 60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 15.05l) of 77.0 C water

11/12/2016 – Good brew day and no hiccups apart from the bin bag of grain springing a leak as I brought it out to the bin. Good runoff this time. Pitched only one bottle of yeast slurry from Hop Bastard, as I might do another brew with the remaining bottle next week. Fantastic aroma. Lovely colour wort.

27/12/2016 – Dry-hopped with 100g Amarillo and 100g Simcoe.

02/01/2017 – Removed the hop bag before going on hols. Normally I’d get ut bottled straight away, but I need to let it settle for a couple of days first.

05/01/2017 – Bottled with 120g glucose (17 litres @ 2.5 vol). Got 12 x 500ml and 13 x 750ml bottles from the batch. Great aroma. And great clarity considering it was dry hopped so heavily.

22/01/2017 – A bit soon to be tasting probably, but there’s a flavour here I wasn’t happy with. Not sure if it’s a green beer flavour, or something else. Will taste again in a couple of weeks.

07/02/2017 – Now tasting great. Harshness has disappeared. Even the bitterness seems perfect. Lovely hoppy flavours. Could turn out to be the best rendition yet.


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