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Old 14-10-2017, 07:27 AM   #21
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Dunk sparged @75C at 8am. Now got 4 pans on the hob heating towards the boil!
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Old 14-10-2017, 11:53 AM   #22
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Got it cooled to 30C by 10.30 and had to go out, so tipped it all in the FV and pitched on my return.

21L at 1051 giving around 70% efficiency - happy with that.

Smells rich and good!

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Old 14-10-2017, 11:58 AM   #23
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Ruby Mild is a little bit different and takes quite a while to be at its best. Should be fine for the Festive Season!

I have done one and intend to do a second - I don't brew many beers more than once now!
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Old 14-10-2017, 12:12 PM   #24
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Thanks Slid,

It's always a balance. Like you I tend to do things I haven't done before - but a chap I know locally tends to the same one recipe.

The local homebrew club will be announcing the new 'beer of the quarter' challenge on MOnday, and I'm really looking forward to a new challenge.

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Old 28-10-2017, 01:46 PM   #25
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2weeks in primary, 1048 down to 1007, so with priming that approaches 6%. 37 bottles.

Tastes really nice already! Very clear (apart from last bottle!)

In a change to my normal method of fermenting in the kitchen (temp variation), I fermenters in a spare unheated room. We will see..

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Just read this through from the beginning and I love your homebrew clubs challenges with everyone trying to produce the same beer but with slightly different approaches.
I also like your use of a drilled fermenter rather than a grain bag, how's that working out for you? And did you go for 3mm holes or a mesh?
Lastly in the photo above is that your ruby mild? I'm also drinking a ruby mild from Gh book but it's much darker than that, (different crystal maybe if you used same recipe) like you I liked quite young but I've set aside a mini keg for Christmas.
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Just read this through from the beginning and I love your homebrew clubs challenges with everyone trying to produce the same beer but with slightly different approaches.
I also like your use of a drilled fermenter rather than a grain bag, how's that working out for you? And did you go for 3mm holes or a mesh?
Lastly in the photo above is that your ruby mild? I'm also drinking a ruby mild from Gh book but it's much darker than that, (different crystal maybe if you used same recipe) like you I liked quite young but I've set aside a mini keg for Christmas.
Thanks Honk - this is to the GH recipe, but I used a lighter Crystal (GH does not specify).

The drilled fermenter as a grain basket was a failed experiment, as the sparge tended to stick and efficiency went right down. I'm back with a bag, with quick dunk sparges and easy 79% efficiency!

I really enjoy our quarterly challenges - I came exactly half way up the field with my smoked stout - a chocolate stout won.

The next challenge - and my next brew - is a Worthington White Shield clone. I've been drinking a few bottles as preparation, and it is not really recognisable as a modern IPA - the yeast speaks strongly and the malt is quite forward. It will be interesting to use Northdown and Challenger.

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OK, brew evening tonight...White Shield CLone...this is the Norwich Brew Club Beer of the Quarter and the recipe is given as:

Worthington White Shield 19 Litres
Pale Malt 3.3kg
White Sugar 395g
Crystal Malt 275g
Start of Boil
Challenger 23g
Northdown 16g
Last 10 mins of Boil
Northdown 13g
Irish Moss 3g
OG 1050
Mash 66C
FG 1008
ABV 5.60%
IBU 40
Colour EBC 21
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Using ashbeck water from Tesco, as I am not up to water. chemistry yet.

You've all seen biab before, but here is my boil...
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18lt at 1056 post boil, liquor t back to 20l to give correct target of of 1050.

Around 70% brew house efficiency is about normal for me.

Pitching cml real ale directly, as I'm tired and ready for bed!

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