Original Gravity (OG): 1.048
Final Gravity (FG): 1.010
Alcohol (ABV): 5.0%
Colour (EBC): 6
Bitterness (IBU): 35 (Average)
4.100kg Pilsen Malt (Dingemans)
0.205kg Pale Wheat Malt
10g Mystery hop from the freezer (leaf) (15.0% Alpha) FWH
50g Summer (leaf) (6.1% Alpha) @15 minutes from the end (boil)
50g Summer (leaf) (6.1% Alpha) @0 minutes from the end (boil)
20g Mystery hop (leaf) (15.0% Alpha) @0 minutes from the end (boil)
20g Nelson Sauvin (leaf) (13.0% Alpha) @0 minutes from the end (boil)
Safale US-05 (dry) 1pkt of 11g
I wanted to rid the demons from my last brew, when I seemed to lose the plot a little, and threw loads of random malts together, which will probably end up masking all the hoppy goodness, that I had intended for the so-called IPA. Anyway, this recipe was also plucked from thin air, but figured that it was a much safer bet. It’s a pale beer, but not a pale ale. Brewed with lager malt, but not a lager. I guess it could be called a hoppy blonde ale, but whatever I call it, I’m aiming for a lawnmower beer – with any luck it’ll be a light, crisp, and refreshing beer, perfect for a hot summer day.
This was also to be my first brew in my garage (where the lawnmower lives), something which I have convinced myself couldn’t possibly work due to the ancient electrics. Having damaged my kitchen enough already, I thought I’d give the garage it’s chance. I have plans to make the space much more brewing-friendly, but it was a revelation to be brewing without the constraints that a family kitchen presents.
Pretty straightforward brewday, except for the element in my old plastic boiler finally gave up. A quick transfer to one that I had borrowed, and I was back on track.
Strike temp of 75C, 11.0L liquor for 4.305kg grain. Mashed in at 66C (single step infusion). Mashed for 60 minutes. Sparged at 80C 19.0L liquor. Collected 25L at 1.042. 60 minute boil.
I collected 19L of wort, post boil, with an OG of 1.048.
Pitched the dry yeast (sprinkled into the FV as I ran from the boiler) at 20C.
03/05/14 finished 1.009.
08/05/14 bottled. Batch primed 18L with 90g sugar.