AG#2

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  1. Nov 3, 2018 #1

    matt76

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    So, I had 1kg maris otter left over from AG#1, plus some hops (fuggles + EKG)..... With AG#1 still in the FV (nearly ready for bottling) could I do something with what I had rather than rush to buy more stuff.....

    3 aims:
    1. Practice & improve my working process
    2. Try a variation on AG#1 ("Have a go at simple AG"), see what difference it makes
    3. Learn! E.g. can I tweak AG#1 and make it more hoppy like an IPA?

    The only changes to AG#1 were downsizing from 10 to 5L, and a lot more hops (relative to the amount of grain & water!). A little bit of Googling tells me there's a few well known IPA's that are little more than this - dare to dream.....

    Honestly I was pretty comfortable second time round knowing how much, what to do and when - if anything a little too over-confident and haphazard! ;-)

    I got the process down from about 5.5 to 3.5 hours - pretty good considering 1hr to mash plus 1hr to boil the wort.

    A grain bag helped a lot when it came to separating the grain from the wort - much quicker & easier than spooning it into a sieve!

    On reflection 5L is too small a brew - ok, it fits the 1kg grain I had left over, but it's barely any more effort to do 10L which is about optimum for the resources I have for the time being. With such a small brew I had to liquor back in the FV, though it was pretty quick to cool such a small amount of wort.

    Well, practice makes perfect - for sure AG is nothing to be afraid of. Fingers crossed, if all goes to plan, in a few weeks I'll have two similar brews to compare and enjoy - one a pale ale, the other more hoppy and IPA-ish :-)
     
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    Dutto

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    Congratulations!

    However, if I ever managed to trim 2 hours off my brew-day I would spend the next month wondering "What essential have I forgotten?"

    Don't worry. I'm sure that it will turn out fine! athumb..
     
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    matt76

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    Very kind of you to say so, sir - thanks for the vote of confidence.....

    (.....he says, while wondering why - 24hrs+ later - there is a disturbing lack of activity from the airlock)
     
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