Was looking forward to today’s brewday all week. It would be my first solo all grain brew (since Fendog is off running the Jerusalem marathon), and I would be trying out the mash tun I made last weekend. I got my grain from the Malt Miller who is fairly local and highly recommended. His prices are good and I love that he mills the grain on the day of dispatch/collection. He also does all grain “kits” which include all the ingredients needed for an all grain recipe. So as well as getting a sack of Maris Otter, I got a kit to do the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone devised by Mysterio, one of the regular posters on the forum at Jims Beer Kit. The recipe gets some awesome feedback, so I’m looking forward to this one. Here’s the recipe as I did it:
5.45 kg Lager Malt
450g Crystal Malt
30g Northern Brewer (60 min) 9% AA
30g Cascade (10 min) 6.1% AA
70g Cascade (1 min) 6.1% AA
American Ale Yeast – SafAle US-05
Target Original Gravity: 1.053 SG
Target Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Alcohol by Vol: 5.60 %
Here’s the grain all measured out:
Overshot my strike temperature. After an hour it was at 80 degrees. Got it all a bit wrong and put to much of it in the mash tun. Took a while to get it down to a mash temp of 67 degree. Hope that has no adverse effects.
Popped to the post office while it was mashing and returned home to the lush smell of malty goodness. Like an explosion in an Ovaltine factory. Decided to batch sparge and eventually managed to get a boil volume of about 6 gallons. But it was a lot of farting around and scolding myself, so have decided I will definitely attempt a fly sparge next time.
Whilst getting up to a boil, I measured out the hops. Man, they smelt good.
There must have been a match on at the Kassam because a helicoptor was cycling round the estate during my boil. It kept hovering directly over my garden – they must have been wondering was the hell I was up to.
With 1 min left of the boil – BLAAAM! (as Chip from BrewingTV would say) You gotta love the citrus hit of that hefty 70g Cascade late addition:
Dang it, I got no hop strainer and our cooler is back at the Farm, so no photos of the next bit – an embarassing cumbersome decanting through a sieve into the fermenter and then leaving to cool naturally. I made a yeast starter the other evening and I’ll pitch that in the morning – should get off to a flying start. Only thing left for tonight is clean up and drink some more beer.
UPDATE: Next morning, when cooled, I measured the gravity. Was aiming for 1.053, but hit 1.064 (my mash tun works!) and also ended up over on volume so no room to diltute the wort. What the heck, I pitched the yeast anyway. The worst that could happen is I could make beer. (18/3/12)
UPDATE 2: Part of my hand has gone black where I scolded it. I hope it doesn’t fall off. (19/3/12)