Have a go at simple AG

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  1. Jun 26, 2018 #1381

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    Now that is an ale that takes me back to my youth. Another to add to my list to, a list that's starting to look rather long now. Dunno about getting a second FV this week, might have to look at a third at this rate. Though as to how I can hide a third FV from the other half would be a challenge to far unless the tool shed in the back garden would conceal it seeing as that's where the excess bottles are going!.
     
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  2. Jun 27, 2018 #1382

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    Geterbrewed has some in stock, no flaked wheat though ☹️


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    The other thing to note is that you need to move the wort around in the pan, with a sterile spoon (different one to the spoon used in the cold water in the sink). This is also good for transferring heat out of the wort.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2018 #1384

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    So, after 9 1\2 days in the FV, I wanted to take a hydrometer reading to see where I'm at. Only as I never had a trial jar I simply put the (sanitised) hydrometer in the FV. But its not deep enough!!!, so off to get the trial jar in a bit.

    Nether the less, drew a sample all the same. A nice amber colour, no aroma much at all
    (that's what I get for using just a bittering hop without adding a second for aroma) but fairly clear already. Even tastes pretty good, a very much bitter\IPA like flavour. Can't wait to bottle and try it now.

    So, the second 10 litre FV and a few other basic bits bought, amazingly the other half didn't say much at all (happy days :) ) . just gotta order my grain, hops, & yeast for the next several brews and that aught to keep me going for a few months.
     
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    You could still add a hop tea before bottling if you want more of a hoppy flavour. Just put hop tea into the search bar or google for plenty of instructions.
     
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    Well as I'm not bottling until the weekend, if my order goes in today and gets delivered by weekend I might just do a hop tea.

    Right, found something to take a hydrometer reading with. So, the original reading was about 1052 with a target of 1013 which would give about a 5.1 abv if I hit the target.

    Yet my current reading, temperature corrected comes in at 1010, which gives a 5.6% ABV. A very good result if fermentation has finished which it does look like. First AG effort I'd have expected it to have come in a little short of the target FG not to have beat it!.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2018 #1387

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    Well I'm doing my second AG brew today, trying to stick to 10 litres this time as that's a good size and the capacity of my second FV anyway.

    Just working out some ideas, but doing a Cascade hop based brew with likely 80% Golden Promise & 20% Vienna grain. I love Cascade, one of my favourite hop based beers when I go to beer festivals. So looking forwards to working with this hop.


    I should maybe have get a better selection of yeast with my grain order as I've either MJ M20, M42 or M44. Though I'll likely use the M44 even if the M20 is higher temperature tolerance.
     
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  8. Jul 12, 2018 #1388

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    Things went pretty much to plan & the results from the last AG brew got this brew volume to within just over 1 litre within the target volume after the boil. So much improvement over the last brew. And the temperature adjusted OG was 1052 against the recipe target of 1053. So again pretty much spot on. And if I hit the FG target another decent ABV of 5.16. Which is what I'm familiar with when drinking Cascade based ales. But I really want to make a more level 4.2 ABV Cascade based ale next time I think.
     

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