Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Feel free to leap right over this one. (brew #41)

Since today is practically a non day, and will not happen again for another few years, this special filler post can be ignored. Unless you like reading about my homebrew.

Actually I just wanted to post my recipe for the International Homebrew Project 2012. The recipe is posted on Fuggled but this is what I put together. Needless to say when using a recipe not of my design, things did not quite go according to plan. The main thing is that it's a stupidly high gravity beer. To do my full 30l batch would have required more grain than my mash tun can handle. I could have used DME to make up the difference but I did not have any and figured I would see what I could do without it.

For some reason I thought the mash time was 90 mins. I actually did 100 mins because I was watching 6 nations rugby. Ireland was thrashing Italy after a slow start. So I only missed out on 20 mins of mash time.

Beer tools said I should have my expected OG of 1.114 but at the end of the 90 minute boil I ended up with  an OG of 1.082 so it will be interesting to see what the windsor yeast drops that down to. I started the yeast on the day with some of the wort from the mash and it set off like a rocket. Even though the carboy had only about 17l in it, the blowoff tube had all kinds of foam within a few hours.

Since it was such a high gravity beer, I did a second mini mash and rinsed out the grains giving me about 10l of wort so I boiled that in a stockpot for an hour and added some Northern Brewer to bitter and cascade to finish. The OG was 1.04. I poured that into two 5l water containers and lightly screwed the lid on so the co2 can escape. I split a pack of S04 between them so I am interested to see how this small beer will turn out.
The expected ABV is 4% with an IBU of about 43. At the very least it should be beer. With luck it might be a somewhat decent beer.

And hopefully the same might be said of the main beer. The gravity might be wrong but hopefully the ABV will be more or less correct.

IHP 2012

19-B English Barleywine
Author: Reuben Gray (Saruman)
Date: 25/02/2012
BeerTools Pro Color Graphic
Size: 16.8 L
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 385.94 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.114 (1.080 - 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.029 (1.018 - 1.030)
Color: 21.09 (15.76 - 43.34)
Alcohol: 11.45% (8.0% - 12.0%)
Bitterness: 91.4 (35.0 - 70.0)


8,600.0 g Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
88.0 g East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil, boiled 90 m
51.0 g Fuggle (6.1%) - added during boil, boiled 20 m
35 g Fuggle (6.1%) - added dry to primary fermenter
1 ea Danstar Windsor


Mash 2 litres per kilo, for 100 minutes at 65.5C.
The boil should last 90 minutes.
Results generated by BeerTools Pro 1.5.20

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