This weekend, I had planned to brew another West Coat Blonde Ale - however there were many things to consider last night while I was dreaming of brewing. It was my 1st brew for a whole fortnight... so I was rather excited. Firstly, I had been down to
White Cliffs Brewery
to pick up some lager yeast for
after a short discussion about what yeast he should use in a recipe he was planning to brew. To make sure the yeast was clean - I made a 1 liter starter (stirplate) with a coopers lager kit to 1.045. I had intended to use this pitch of yeast for the Blonde... but it was waring on my mind. Then, I was contemplating my current levels of stock and cross referencing my planned brews. I realised a possible clash. This is my Celebration Ale I'm planning to brew shortly and the fact that it needs 7.5 kilos of Golden Promise: the malt I have been using in my delicious Blonde Ales. I only had about 11 kilos left in the sack - and the Blonde needs 5 of them, leaving me with a probable shortfall. I was getting restless in my attempts to sleep. Finally the straw that broke the Blondes back was that I was feeling too stingey to spend more of my precious Simcoe hops in another brew. I had planned to use Nugget in the Blonde and was worrying that it wouldn't work. I decided "Fuck it". If I am going to recommend that Mike use WyEast 2112 for the dark beer he was planning, I'd put my money where my mouth is and #4 at Hallertau was tasting Oh so good last week. I could definatelty do with a keg of that in my keggorator of death next month. I got out of bed and formulated the following recipe:
Ace of Spades. 4.5kg Bohemian Pilsener Malt 0.4kg Vienna Malt 0.23kg CaraFa Special III 12g Nugget 11.6% 60mins 19g Nugget 11.6% 20mins 19g Nugget 11.6% 0mins .2g Servomyces 15min .8g Carageenan 15min WyEast 2112 @ 15 degrees. OG 1051 FG 1012 I'm taking a risk with using the Nugget in this brew. I hopped it a bit out of style to 34 IBU - but it shouldn't be too unpalatable if it finishes at my estimated 1.012. The brew day was eventless - just gave me plenty of time to play on the realbeer website. I though I'd put the wort after I tested in an espresso cup as I presume it will be appropriate glassware for the Schwartzbier to be served in. Cheers.