Oh and also, I read somewhere about using a microwave on your hops to kill any little nasties. Me being an idiot decided to give that a go and set my hops on fire which burned a hole in the bowl. I had to measure out more hops, though I did use some of the first batch that did not get burnt. I half thought about using them, might have given me a smokey flavour but probably would not have worked out well.
One thing I can tell is that the smell of this is wonderful and also that the tiny bit I tasted from the bottom of the bucket was lovely stuff. I did not bother taking a gravity reading as I will wait for a week or two and take my final gravity then.
Anyway since I had used my only hop bag it occurred to me I had nothing for my grains in the next brew. I ended up opening a box of my wifes tights. It worked very well actually. The grains created a long grain saussage which was interesting.
The recipe I formulated is a simple ale that is not very bitter as when the raspberries are added in the secondary fermenter they will sour the beer and make it more bitter.
Everything worked out very well, apart from time the power tripped. Turned out while I was boiling in my boiler & kettle for sparging my grains my wife had the dishwasher going which I knew about but I did not notice the dryer was also on. Once I got the dryer turned off I could reset my trip switch.
I knew I would not have enough wort to get my final volume so I had a pot of water on the boil to add near the end of the main boil to replace the volume lost during the 60 minute boil. I managed to get my expected OG of 1.058.
Here is the recipe I put together. The amount of fruit might change.
20-A Fruit Beer
Author: Reuben Gray (saruman)
Size: 23.84 L
Calories: 191.59 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.058 (1.026 - 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (0.995 - 1.035)
Color: 20.9 (1.97 - 98.5)
Alcohol: 5.66% (2.5% - 14.5%)
Bitterness: 13.5 (0.0 - 100.0)
3000 g Dry Light Extract
500 g Dry Wheat
200 g Crystal Malt
100 g CaraPils Malt (brupaks)
150 g Munich Malt
15 g Saaz (2.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
12 g Cascade (Morgans finishing hops) (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
15 g Saaz (2.1%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
10 g East Kent Goldings (4.0%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
10 g Fuggle (4.1%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1500 g Raspberries (frozen) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1 ea Fermentis S-33 SafBrew S-33
1 Whirflock (irish moss) 15 min