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  1. jeg3

    Jeg3 brewdays

    First off in this list is Tin Miner's Ale from Greg Hughes' which I started off on Friday night. I tweaked the grain bill slightly to reduce the ABV, down to 4.8% from 5.2, and swapped the yeast for WY1469, which I had a new pack of. Second brew with the grainfather and hit 80% mash efficiency...
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    Pubs by me under new ownership - for the better

    Two pubs by me are changing hands and will be reopening later this year following complete refits. The first was an independent real ale pub until the owners retired. Joules had an arrangement where they would have first refusal on it. It was historically a Joules house and local brewery until...
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    Grainfather G30 mash efficiency

    To all G30 owners out there... Did my first brew on a G30 yesterday after upgrading from a converted coolbox mash tun. I always used to give the mash a good stir half way through and with the G30 I noticed it was much firmer than in the old setup. It was recirculating OK, although it did...
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    Spring Ale - AG #47 - first Grainfather brew

    So I decided my brewery needed an update and was looking at a new / additional boiler and maybe later in the year a new Ss Brewtech mash tun. Anyway when I was looking at the cost it was more than a grainfather, so decided to go that instead. The first brew was a spring ale: Wrekin Spring Ale...
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    Oatmeal Pale Ale - AG #46

    It's been a while since I posted a brew, but I put this on yesterday. I took some inspiration from the NEIPA trend but wanted to keep it more along the lines of a hoppy English ale. Pale Malt 3.8kg Crystal 20L 250g Torrified wheat 250g Flaked oats 250g Challenger 25g @ 90 mins EKG 25g @ 10...
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    Mangrove Jack's M15 Empire Ale Yeast

    Put my first brew on since January last weekend, Adnams Broadside from GW's book. I had a pack of M15 Empire Ale yeast that's been in the brew box for a few months and did some googling and found lots of anecdotes about low attenuation. Well anyway, I checked it yesterday 4 days in and it's...
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    Old Hooky AG clone

    This was from a brewday 5 days ago: For the mash: 3.2kg Maris Otter 0.4kg crushed cornflakes 0.23kg Crystal 60L 2g gypsum 5g midnight wheat (for colour) 10 litre mash at 66 degC for 90 mins. I added 12ml CRS to the mash liquor. Fly sparged with 22l at 75 deg C. 27ml CRS added to...
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    Spiced Ale / Saison

    I brewed this a couple of months ago and cracked open the first bottle last night; I've called it Yuletide Glory: 3kg Maris Otter 250g Crystal 60L 18g Target 90 mins 30g orange peel 15 mins 20g ginger 15 mins 70g Hallertauer Hersbrucker 10 mins 500g Honey post-boil 1tsp Irish Moss added 10...
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    Hard Water.

    My next bit of study is water. I've got the yeast and the temperature sorted, now need to sort my super hard water out as well. It's been a while since your post and I wondered whether you'd sorted your water out? To be fair it makes good bitters and pale ales, but I don't do any measuring at...
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    18 month old yeast - will it be any good

    My first post for quite a while, I've been happily brewing away and went from AG back to kits for a while. Anyway, my brewery has opened its doors again and I got my old Wye Valley yeast out from the back of the fridge and decided to try and rouse it. It's come back to life slowly and is...
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    AG #15 Hefeweizen

    Got this on the go last night: Bavarian Hefeweizen ABV after bottling: 5.4% Bitterness: 12.5 IBU Colour: 7 EBC 2.7kg German Wheat Malt 2.3kg Bohemian Pilsner Malt 32g Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 90mins 18g Tettnang @ 10mins Tettnang is a bittering hop generally, but I ran out of Hersbrucker and...
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    London Bitter Brewday

    Got this on the go this morning: London Bitter, est ABV 4.2%, 35 IBU, 16 EBC. 4kg Pale Malt 0.25kg Crystal Malt 90L 0.29kg Torrified Wheat 14g Magnum 90mins 8g Northdown 90mins 7g Challenger 90mins 12g EKG 10mins 1tsp Irish Moss 10mins 15L mash @ 65℃ for 90 minutes 17.5L sparge @...
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    Using two yeasts

    For my latest brew I attempted to rouse a packet of WY1968 that had been at the back of my fridge for a few months - with a starter, but there was no sign of activity a couple of hours before pitching time, so I also added a batch of Wye Valley yeast I had in the fridge to the starter. This...
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    Bathams AG clone

    Got this on today. I also call it Condor Pale Ale (my own name), as the first attempt although superb, wasn't like Bathams Best Bitter. 5.2kg Pale Malt 24g Fuggles 90min 18g Northdown 90min 10g EKG flameout 1tsp Irish moss 10min Was hoping to use WY1968 and given that my BHE seems to have...
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    First Gold Bitter

    Got this on the go today: 4.24kg pale malt 0.14kg chocolate malt 26g first gold 90min 18g first gold 10min Used 4th generation of the Wye Valley yeast I cultured last year. 14 litre mash at 66℃ for 90 minutes, followed by 18 litre fly sparge at 75℃. BHE estimated at 67%, so my...
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    My yeast journey so far...

    This is quite a lengthy post, so I apologise in advance. After using dry yeast and the odd liquid yeast here and there, I decided a couple of months ago to see if I could grow yeast from a bottle bought from the supermarket. I like Wye Valley ales so bought a bottle of Butty Bach and set...
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    AG #11 Dark Ruby Mild

    Started this first thing this morning: 5kg pale malt 850g dark crystal malt 25g EKG 90 mins 27g Fuggles 90 mins 21g Fuggles 10 mins 1 tsp Irish Moss 10 mins 15l mash @ 67℃ 18l sparge @ 75℃ Expected OG 1.057. IBU 31. EBC 39 This was my second attempt with the new...
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    AG #10 Elderflower Ale with new malt mill

    Got this on the go yesterday: 3.18kg pale malt 370g Munich 10L 370g carapils 190g torrified wheat 39g EKG 90 mins 36g Fuggles 10 mins 40g Elderflower 3 mins then into the FV 1tsp Irish Moss 10 mins 12l mash at 67℃ for 90 mins 20l sparge at 76℃ Preboil gravity was...
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    Caribbean Chocolate Cake - Siren Craft Brew

    I heard about this earlier in the year but couldn't find it, then a pub near me had it on. It's described as a tropical stout, 7.4% and was £7 a pint!! (other ales were £2.80 - £3.20). The most unique beer I have ever sampled. This is taken from the website: Billed as...
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    Good quality yeast

    So my HPA clone is fermenting with Wye Valley yeast I cultured from a bottle of Butty Bach. The krausen is probably 4 inches high and is packed with what looks like really good quality yeast ripe for harvesting. In the 20 brews I've done I've never seen a yeast head this good, it looks...
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