Monday, 7 November 2011

Beer #16 - SMaSH Apollo

So the theme of the next few beers are Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH), as a bit of experimentation to try and get to know the different flavours available. First up Apollo (at 17 something % AA).

  • 5kg Maris Otter
  • 10g Apollo @ 60 minutes
  • 10g Apollo @ 30 minutes
  • 10g Apollo @ 10 minutes
  • 10g Apollo @ 0 minutes

Mashed at 66C for 60 minutes. Collected 23L of wort at 1060 OG.

This was also the first outing of the immersion chiller which worked well. I found it quite difficult also using the false bottom (an Ikea splatter screen with bolts through it), as it merely served as a block to free circulation of the wort. Because it doesn't fit tight to the stockpot it didn't really do much to help block out hops. The hop stopper works pretty well anyway, and I used a hop sock over the tap to catch any stray bits that got through, which had a side benefit of aerating the wort quite well on it's way into the fermenter.

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