Today's brew is a bit of a follow-up to my Mainline Bitter, imaginatively titled Mainline Bitter No.2. The malt bill's much the same but the hops are slightly different. I'm aiming again for a classic English easy drinking dark brown bitter with a bit of caramel & toffee to it. Yeast this time will be Omega OYL-052 DIPA which may seem a little out of place but these "Vermont" ale yeasts are reputed to have originated here in England and do give a fruity character that I think will play well with the English hops. Here's the recipe: Code: Recipe Specifications -------------------------- Recipe: Mainline Bitter No.2 Batch Size (fermenter): 23.00 L Estimated OG: 1.040 SG Estimated Color: 25.7 EBC Estimated IBU: 30.8 IBUs Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 75.7 % Boil Time: 60 Minutes Finished water profile: Ca:57, Mg:10, Na:10, SO4:105, Cl:46 Ingredients: ------------ Amt Name Type %/IBU 28.31 L Tesco Ashbeck Water - 2.80 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent - 1.63 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent - 1.17 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent - 0.93 ml Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent - 3.66 kg IREKS Pale Ale Malt (6.0 EBC) Grain 94.2 % 0.15 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (240.0 EBC) Grain 4.0 % 0.07 kg Chocolate Wheat Malt (1000.0 EBC) Grain 1.8 % 0.60 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Sparge) Water Agent - 0.35 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Sparge) Water Agent - 0.25 g Calcium Chloride (Sparge) Water Agent - 0.17 ml Lactic Acid (Sparge) Water Agent - 15.00 g Challenger [6.30 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 10.8 IBUs 12.00 g Endeavour [8.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 12.8 IBUs 10.00 g Challenger [6.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 2.6 IBUs 10.00 g Endeavour [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 3.9 IBUs 1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 7.0 mins) Fining - 20.00 g East Kent Goldings (EKG) [4.10 %] - Boil 2.0 min Hop 0.8 IBUs 1.0 pkg DIPA Ale (Omega #OYL-052) Yeast - Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 3.88 kg ---------------------------- Name Description Step Temperat Step Time Mash In Add 23.31 L of water at 69.0 C 66.0 C 60 min Sparge: Dunk sparge with 5 L of water at 75.0 C Brewday started this morning at 7:00am. I milled my grains while the mash water heated up: There were no issues with the mash and I got the expected pre-boil gravity of 1.037, falling a little short on the expected volume by 300ml. The hops for today's brew came from the Malt Miller. I didn't notice that the Challenger was 2017 when I ordered it but they smelled fresh and floral so I'm not concerned. An hour's boil plus chilling time later and I've got myself about 22.5 litres of lovely looking 1.040 chestnut brown wort. It's in the brew-fridge chilling from 25C where I stopped with the immersion chiller to a pitching temperature of 20C. I expect I'll be pitching the OYL-052 starter later this evening.