Ordinary and best bitters, Maris otter, crystal, dark crystal, amber, goldings, S04.
And a robust porter for Christmas, but it needs some attention to water chemistry, my tank water is too soft! mash efficiency 8 gravity points off!
A summer bitter (doesn't really fit any style, but closest to an Ordinary Bitter, though too pale - just Maris Otter, and too much hop character - all late hopped) and an IPA. The IPA is conditioning in the keg, and the summer bitter is bubbling in the fermenter. I'll be brewing the IPA again this weekend, as I'm trying to fine tune it for serving at a friend's wedding in January.
Now the bizzo, never brewed with a sugar adjunct or this low a grain bill, how's this look
Mash and batch sparge for say 17.5 litres in the kettle.
Top that up to 23 litres (disolve the sugar in that top up water)
Boil back to 17 to 18 litres into the fermenter (2 litre allowance for hop & trub)
Top up to get my final gravity (I'm going to go to about 1.038)
Can't bear to hop as lowly as the recipe suggests so thought I'd go
11IBU @60 min, 8 @ 30 min and 5 @ 15 min
Thoughts or suggestions fellow brewmeisters - especially from anyone that's done this or similar recipe ?
I have 2 kegs of mild conditioning (MO, Crystal, touch of Choc malt, Fuggels) in the cellar, a keg of ordinary bitter tapped on the bar (MO, Crystal Fuggels/Goldings), I have two fermentors of Best Bitter in primary from yesterday (MO, Crystal touch of Patent, Fuggels/Goldings) and have a two mash brew day planned for thursday one will be a batch of IPA for the SOBA homebrew awards festival (Pearl Pale, NZ Cascade , Fuggels, Goldings, Styrians) and a 2 keg batch of summer ale (Pearl Pale/ Kraut Lager malt, Goldings, Styrians) . All of course S-04.
Believe it or not I have actually been pretty lax on the brewing front recently as I was waiting on a delivery. Hopefully I will get a 38 litre batch of Imperial Stout down soon My cellar is looking alittle bare.
Bugger all, fell off my bicycle a few times the other weekend (3am) broke my shoulder, cant lift a ladle! Dammit!
Still ive got a NW lager, a special, 2 NW pales sitting around in the brew room, will bottle them one day!
Must get motivated to send bottles this week for the comp!