Monday, 7 March 2011

Beer #11 - A bitter

I got a couple of cool books for my birthday last week, Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles and Radical Brewing: Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass. I'm just working my way through them and haven't really had time to fully absorb the info in them, but since I had today off thought I would get a brew in anyway.

  • 2kg Mariss Otter pale malt
  • 40g Biscuit malt
  • 200g Munich malt
  • 230g Crystal malt
  • 28g Challenger -60 minutes
  • 14g East Kent Goldings -15 minutes
  • 14g East Kent Goldings -0 minutes
Again, the brew in a bag method was used getting about 8.6L of 1.060 wort in the stockpot. I also dunk sparged the bag in a spare fermenter which gave about 6L of 1.0?? wort which I used to top off where the pot had lost volume to evaporation during the boil. In the end I was left with just under 10 litres into the fermenter at about 1.058 (I think), which I diluted down to between 12-13L and a OG of 1.040. The yeast went in after a bit of cooling time. I had had the pot in the sink but without the sink plug that has gone walkabouts it was somewhat more difficult. I used the cooling time to wander up to the plot and drop the spent grains off in the compost, tidy up a bit and cook tea.

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