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Big Belly Yorkshire ale

The HBS order has come through and my beer stocks are looking very very low. Time to do a large brew (for me) and try to build up the stock cupboard for christmas. As i only have a 23l boiler, thei means doing a concentrated brew and back liquoring. Not something i normally do, not for any particular reason, i just like brewing lots of different beers, so only doign 15l batches doesnt really bother me.
I like a good 'Ale' and i think Pilgrim does a fantastic jop of giving you a spicey, cedar hoppy note to anything English. So this time round, its my old favourite take on a Yorkshire ale - very much along the lines of session ales like Great Newsome "Sleck Dust" and Littondale brewery. I also found out that the revised Tetleys no.3 pale ale used pilgrim too.

4.5kg Maris Otter
200gm medium crystal

18l mash at 66C for 120mins, and a 5l 'dunked in a bucket for 10 mins' sparge
Leaving 20l wort for a 60 minute boil and 16l in the FV

Hops
15g Admiral @30min
25g Pilgrim @5min
10g Admiral @5min

Yeast
gervin GV12 - Notty yeast,

This produced a way to strong wort, exactly as planned. So back liquored by 5l to get 21l in to the FV before pitching the yeast.
Expecting 8srm and 30ibu. Measured the back liquored wort to 1.045, which should give 4.5%.
 

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It's wet, alcoholic and kinda tasty actually. Too malty for a proper lager and obvs not made with a lager yeast and not lagered.
But it's using European pisswater hops, so it's a lager.
Seem to have lost my foo recently, too many Blahblahblah blurrrrgh beers. Sorachi IPA, this fake lager, sorachi saison. Even my super hopped English ipa just didn't quite hit the spot.
Think I might try going back to some of my earlier brews that I know and trust.
 

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It's wet, alcoholic and kinda tasty actually. Too malty for a proper lager and obvs not made with a lager yeast and not lagered.
But it's using European pisswater hops, so it's a lager.
Seem to have lost my foo recently, too many Blahblahblah blurrrrgh beers. Sorachi IPA, this fake lager, sorachi saison. Even my super hopped English ipa just didn't quite hit the spot.
Think I might try going back to some of my earlier brews that I know and trust.
My Sorachi Saison is a bit meh too.
I've had my fill of "fruity" IPAs and suchlike, got a good 180 bottles stored in the garage.
I'm doing a Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome tribute today as a break from my norm.
 

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Got some Jester in my last HB order, some might find something nice and English to do with that.
Ideas of a Jester hop recipe would be welcome
 

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OMG. I completely forgot to write up a brew that I'm about to bottle!
So tomorrow I'll write up my citra mosaic ipa as ag84, even though I put it on before ag83. Ooops
 

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The Forgotten IPA


As I completely forgot to write this one up when I brewed it, I'm calling this the lost IPA. Its my take on the Munton hazy IPA everyone seems to be raving about recently on the kit brewing bit. So very much trying to emulate what they have done and matching it, but with all grain to avoid any chance of 'kit twang'

3.5kg Maris Otter
100gm medium crystal
500gm oats

18l mash at 66C for 90mins, and a 4l 'dunked in a bucket for 10 mins' sparge
Leaving 20l wort for a 60 minute boil and 16l in the FV

Hops
LOTS, using mosaic and citra at 15 mins and 5 mins to get the right IBU
But this is heavily dry hopped, including a dry hop during active fermentation at day 1. Apparently this takes advantage of a process called biotransformation and gives a much fruitier flavour. So its 25gm Mosaic and 25gm Citra on day 1 and then another 25gm Mosaic and 25g Citra on day 7

Yeast
Verdant IPA yeast - not the S04 that the Muntons kit comes with.
expecting 45IBUs, 5.3% abv and colour roughly 7SRM
 

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Jester Tester


First go of one of these new fangled English hops - Jester. I like the sound of these, typical earthy English hop profile with a subtle hint of fruit and blackberry. Its nearly a smash, but i like to add a little colour just for my own sensory enjoyment to make a visual difference between fake lagers and saisons and whats going to be an english ale. I know it doesnt really make a difference, but its a 'thing' ok....

3.5kg Maris Otter
100gm medium crystal
10gm carafa iii for some colour adjustment

18l mash at 66C for 90mins, and a 4l 'dunked in a bucket for 10 mins' sparge
Leaving 20l wort for a 60 minute boil and 16l in the FV

Hops
15gm Jester @ 30min
35gm Jester @ 5min
25gm Jester dry hop day 5

Yeast
Notty finest for a clean neutral profile to let the jester hops come through.
expecting 55IBUs, 4.3% abv and colour roughly 9SRM
 

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Bottled the lost ipa and it is as hazy as custard.
Smells amazing and can't wait for this to carb up. I get a feeling the moment this is halfway carb'd I'll be tucking in before 'the hops fade' :-)
 

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Bottled the lost ipa and it is as hazy as custard.
Smells amazing and can't wait for this to carb up. I get a feeling the moment this is halfway carb'd I'll be tucking in before 'the hops fade' :-)
Oh cock
As part of my last hbs order I got some bottle tops.
I ran out of my existing crown caps with 10 bottles to go and ripped open the bag of new crown caps. These look weird, they have a plastic insert bit on them.
So away I went of capped them. Strange they were a little tough to extract from the bench capper.

Oh, having looked further I have ordered the wrong caps, they re bigger caps for wine bottles and large beer bottles. Now they capped OK, just difficult to remove from the capper..... But will they actually work?
Or should I do an emergency crown cap order, chill these 10 bottles to almost freezing and recap them?


Ps does anyone want 90 large crown caps with the plastic inserts? Free to good home
 
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