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Old 17-04-2017, 11:18 AM   #21
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Looks good, i bet its going to be a great beer! I did a cross between Punk IPA and Jaipur with 20% Rye and it was awesome. Don't normally get a stuck mash using Rye but last time i had to use a coffee grinder and it came out like flour. Was a nightmare. I had ordered uncrushed by mistake.
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Old 17-04-2017, 10:41 PM   #22
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Well, the Polish brunch went of far longer than expected, so I started far later than expected. Thus, it was a bit of a rushed brew, but a learning experience for the Bulldog Brewer. First mistake I made was to assume that the 2L Ashbeck bottles of water have 2L in them. I though I had mashed in with 22L and sparged with 10L, but I ended up with 30L to boil. I definitely used 16 2L bottles, I counted them! The extra strike water meant that, once the grain was doughed in, the water level was above the overflow pipe, so the recirculation wasn't recirculating through the grain. The second mistake was to assume that the temperature sensor was accurate and not check the strike water temperature with a thermometer, so I ended up mashing at 69C instead of the intended 66C. Still, despite these issues, I did the boil at the full 2500W and got 22L at 1.052 so not too far off the numbers and the trial jar tasted decent. I still have high hopes for this one.
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Looks good, i bet its going to be a great beer! I did a cross between Punk IPA and Jaipur with 20% Rye and it was awesome. Don't normally get a stuck mash using Rye but last time i had to use a coffee grinder and it came out like flour. Was a nightmare. I had ordered uncrushed by mistake.
Cheers BeerCat, that is encouraging. I hope this one turns out well too!
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Old 17-04-2017, 11:03 PM   #24
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Cheers BeerCat, that is encouraging. I hope this one turns out well too!

Sure is will be excellent. I am doing a Rye BIPA tomorrow. Checked my notes and i did a Rye Kolsch which was 47% Rye and that was no problem. Hoping i can pick out the Rye taste when its ready. I watched a video the other night about a 100% Rye BIAB beer and apparently that is very gelatinous like cooking okra.
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Old 27-04-2017, 09:56 AM   #25
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I'm a bit surprised by how low the Rye IPA has gone. Despite mashing at 69C, it has dropped from 1.052 to 1.006 where it seems stable. 6% abv is a bit higher than I anticipated, but I can't complain. I added 15g Simcoe, 50g Amarillo and 50g Galaxy on Sunday at the end of the fermentation. Will add the same again tonight and bottle Monday. The trial jar is promising, clear, dry and hoppy with a lovely colour.
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Great one Mick.
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OK, a quick update. The Rye IPA is good. A proper hop bomb. If I were to do it again I'd tone back the bitterness, or counterbalance it with more crystal malts, or mash a bit higher temp. It is a little dry, so won't be winning any competitions, but I'd be happy to pay for it. Since then I've put on a widebuddy merlot 30 bottle kit with 3L Asda 100% red grape juice and two Muntons red grape juice concentrate. Will bottle that tomorrow. Today I put on a clone of Gales Festival Mild. The original won CAMRA awards for Winter Beer of Britain in 2003, 2004 and 2006, before Gales brewery was bought by Fullers and it was consigned to history. At 5.3% it is closer to a historical mild than the weaker modern versions. The Gales yeast was apparently "borrowed" by a US brewery and is now available as Wyeast Northwest Ale, so I've done it with that. Should be a fairly fruity yeast. Anyway, the recipe was adapted from Graham Wheeler's Brew Your Own British Ale. My efficiency was higher than the book assumed, so I didn't bother with the white sugar and still hit the numbers, and I didn't have any black malt so I subbed for roasted barley. My fuggles are quite high AA%, but I kept the quantities because I shortened the boil from 90 to 60 mins and I don't mind a little extra bitterness.

25L @ 1.054
5kg Pale
320g Roasted Barley
175g crystal malt
90g torrified wheat
Total grain = 5.6ishkg - used 16L for dough in, after 1.1mm crush.
67C 90 min mash.
51g fuggles leaf (6.5%AA) 60min
20g fuggles leaf 10min
Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale 1.5L starter

I'm thinking about taking half of this, splitting that half into four, and doing a "twist" for each, then selecting the best one as an entry for Thornbridge's Great British Homebrew competition. I'm currently thinking about toffee apple, maple, pistachio and blueberry. Though I'm also contemplating coconut, peanut butter, orange, black/morello cherry, salted caramel, raspberry or coffee. Hmmm....
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Hi Iain, can I ask where you got your grain mill from and how much it was?
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Hi Iain, can I ask where you got your grain mill from and how much it was?
Hey Marty. It's the bulldog malt mill. It was a gift, so I can't check where they got it from, but it was an online shop and I think cost somewhere around £85.
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The Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale yeast is the most flocculant strain I've used, even more than WLP002! I just check the hydrometer reading after a week in the fv, expecting for it to be finished as it had stopped releasing CO2, but my 1.054 ale was at 1.028. I've never had a stuck beer before. The krausen had solidified across the fv and wasn't dropping back in! Just raised the temp from 19 to 20C, and given it a gentle stir. Hopefully it will restart.
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