One of my more successful brews has always been "Ptolemy Tylers Innkeeper" (my TT Landlord style but more like 6% abv). Since I've now moved to lower ABV brews I now need to modify this accordingly to come up with a 3% version. First attempt in a couple of weeks. I've nailed down my grain...
I'm on my third lower abv brew. No problems so far with fermenting. I've added a whole pack of yeast even though half a one might be enough. If you're concerned, I suppose you could try adding a little yeast nutrient, but not tried that myself as I don't think that's necessary. Yeast will...
I've recently moved in to lower abv AG brewing, with promising results.
Typically, ~2.6kg grain mashed at ~70C with a pre-boil volume of ~20L. Should give about ~16L output at <3%
Couple of things I've noticed:
Need to be careful with hops. Very easy to overdo it!
Simcoe & Citra is one of my favourite combinations. I tried using MJ M44 on my latest batch & whilst pleased with the results, it obviously took much longer to ferment as at a much lower temp (12C v 19C). Next time I do similar, will probably just use something like s05.
I think the two main considerations to avoid cycling of heating & cooling are a) hold sensor against fermenter with tape or a band & cover with some insulation and b) set the compressor delay to a reasonable figure iirc mines at 30 mins
Tomorrow I'm bottling my second low)er) ABV brew.
1.65 kg pale
200g lager malt (leftovers)
125g flaked barley
40 mins @71C mash - simple jug sparge to 20L pre-boil. I misjudged & overdid the sparge having originally intended for more like 16L preboil.
12g Simcoe @30 mins
Until now, most of mine has been around 6%. However, I need to reduce that somewhat, to something more like "half strength beer"... anyhow, I like tangents :) Friday tomorrow, so I can have another couple & see what difference a week makes.