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Old 24-07-2017, 06:40 AM   #681
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No I don't BIAB, I have an Ace and a BM and I do work on a 75% efficiency, the recipe I followed was also brewed at a 75% efficiency but I doubt it was a recirculating mash. I ended up with an OG 1056 2 points higher than the poster of the recipe and for the first time used WLP007 Dry English ale yeast, very impressed with it.
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Old 24-07-2017, 08:19 AM   #682
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Originally Posted by Poochops View Post
It's going to be a kettle soured wheat beer, I'm going to ferment half on raspberries and half on a bit of citra hop and lemon zest. Trialling a Yakult lacto starter just now to see how it develops
That sounds amazing, good luck with it. I'm thinking about doing a kettle sour soon too, probably using uncrushed grain as the lacto source.
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Old 24-07-2017, 08:31 PM   #683
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Brewed a Belgian Brunette today using a recipe from James on basic brewing radio using the Grainfather.

I stirred the mash at 20 and 40 min since my mashes have been getting a bit stuck, first stir was a bit sticky but after that I no longer got any flow through the recirculation pipe and the mash wasn't stuck at 40 min, 10L sparge took about 30 mins and my mash efficiency was 87% so not bad, also my first time crushing my own grain.

My candy syrup was homemade. 500 g white sugar cooked with water 1 cup water and 1.25 tsp DAP to 143C then cooled with 3/4 cup water and heated to 143C again. A final 3/4 cup of water added to cool and heated to 116C to make a syrup for storage. Nice rich dark syrup tastes of toffee apples and plum, really made the wort dark, lager and wheat malts for the grain and the sugar turned it into a brown ale kind colour. Was expecting a coppery brown but I may have a proper brunette.

It's in the shiny new brew fridge at 20C with Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes. The starter 'beer' tasted pretty nice so looking forward to seeing how it presents in a full beer. Got 13L at 1.082 and should finish around 1.012 for 9.2%... oops I was aiming for more 8 - 8.5%.
Galaxy Pale Ale, GH Southern Brown Ale, DIYDOG Jet Black Heart, Belgian Braggot, Fruitcake Barleywine

Orange Blossom Mead, Blackcurrant Wine, Plum Melomel, Barley Wine

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Witbier, Flanders Red Ale, Barleywine with CML BW yeast
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