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Discussion in 'Beer Brewdays!' started by crowcrow, Jul 12, 2019.
I use heating jackets from immersion heaters the red insulation ones, can still get them in DIY supermarkets.
They work a treat
I also made my own wort chiller from a copper coil bought from Wicks. Before I made it I had lots of spoiled brews since I've had none.
Squeezed in a brew on Sunday, didn't think I could but really wanted to get something I can drink at Xmas. I'd planned to also do a stout but unlikely I'll have a keg free by then, so will have to wait.
I've not made a lager since my first ever (pretty poor) kit brew. I have a few people who'll be over at Xmas who stick to lager so I thought I'd give it a go.
That said this is a 1926 Barclays Perkins dark lager, and I upped the total hops from 85g to 100g, with 2g more in the first two additions, 4 more in the 3rd and 8g more in the flame out.
As before I did a no chill, so I removed the hops from the liquid pretty fast after the boil - I was boiling in the garden so cooled from 100c to 82c in about 15 mins, when I transferred to the fv. The thermometer on the boiler is useful.
I normally use a huge hop bag, but it fell in, so had to seive the liquor on the way out of the tap which kept clogging the seive. Will clamp the hop bag down better in the future.
Overall very happy with how it came out, looks and smelt good - maybe my best yet? Though got me thinking about fitting a bazooka inside the klarstein, but not sure if there is room.
Only other issue was it doughing in as using 6kg of grain when used to 4ish, so the bottom of the grain basket gammed up a bit. My plastic spoon started to melt and bend, so had to use a bit of wood. This also meant a painfully slow sparge, and a lot of liquid trapped in the grain which drained out later. Wish I'd thrown it in the boil but for an unknown reason I poured it away. I ended up with about 15litres when aiming for 22, but since this was an OG of 1065 when was aiming for 1057 so I watered it down until I got there and have about 18 litres in the fv.
Since I have the kezeer I was going to use a proper lager yeast but was limited to what my chosen supplier had, so using a different one, a German yeast for lager style beers.
The recipe: https://beerandbrewing.com/1926-barclay-perkins-london-dark-lager/
And enjoyed some of my previous all grain brews while I waited for the boil and the cool down.
To check back in, the og was 1057 (after a little watering down) and just finished at 1014 - so over 5.6 % and a strong flavour. I'm going to start a cold crash now, first of all leaving in my shed which is about 6c, then in the keezer and then ill knock the keezer down to 1c for the weekend and hopefully keg next week.
Before kegging I'll carb up a single bottle and see what it tastes like. Considering watering it down a little, - has anyone has any luck with that before?
Just found this - will give adding small amounts a try - https://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/threads/watering-down-your-beer.57407/
Just for interest.... Here is the original Barclay Perkins dark lager recipe from ron Pattinsons blog
Looks good although probably won’t be much difference with an extra 15g of hops, I find that even 20-30g of extra hops I only get a bit more oomph and I usually throw in an extra 50g if my last effort was decent without being what I’m looking for.
Cost creeps up fast though
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