Archive for October, 2012

Brew #33: Light Blonde

October 31, 2012 Comments off

Sort of a dinner ale or table beer to replace the rye mild. Overshot the target OG 1030 by two points. Mashed high for hopefully fuller body.

name Light Blonde
“style” Dinner Ale
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 25
OG 1032
brewing date 31-Oct-12
yeast Safbrew S33
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pilsner 1.999 64.9%
grain 2 Vienna 0.472 15.3%
grain 3 Munich 0.308 10.0%
grain 4 Pale Ale 0.154 5.0%
grain 5 Wheat 0.148 4.8%
total 3.081 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Hallertau Mittlefruh 5.2% 20 60 12
Hallertau Mittlefruh 5.2% 15 25 6
Saaz 3.4% 20 15 4
Saaz 3.4% 35 5 3
total 90 25
mash schedule minutes degC
step 1 mash in 48
step 2 70 69



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Tasting impressions #31: Porter 1044

October 28, 2012 Comments off

The porter was bottled on 21st October and ended up at 1010 (~4.5 per cent abv).  Loose one finger head, medium carbonation (will increase in the future sessions).

The beer is clear and dark ruby red. Aroma is fresh roastiness.  Taste is more roast and then some coffee with dry hoppiness.  The body is a bit thin.  The beer feels a bit one-dimensional. The conclusion is clear, porters benefit from a fruity yeast strain. Also, perhaps in this case less is not more when it comes to the recipe. I wonder if this really is a porter at all – perhaps it’s just a bitter with a good whack of chocolate malt. Very sessionable nevertheless.

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Brew #32: Nut Brown

October 25, 2012 Comments off

A hoppy Brown Ale in order to get rid off some old hops from the freezer. Mash efficiency 87 per cent.


name Nut Brown
“style” Brown Ale
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 58
EBC 51
OG 1050
brewing date 25-Oct-12
yeast Nottingham
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 4.568 88.8%
grain 2 Wheat 0.247 4.8%
grain 3 Crystal 0.245 4.8%
grain 4 Black 0.051 1.0%
grain 5 Chocolate 0.033 0.6%
total 5.144 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Target 10.7% 29 60 30
Challenger 7.37% 30 25 15
Fuggle 3.8% 35 15 6
Challenger 7.37% 15 10 4
Fuggle 3.8% 24 10 3
total 133 58
mash schedule minutes degC
step 1 mash in 48
step 2 70 67
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Tasting notes #29: House Bitter

October 4, 2012 Comments off

Next one up is House Bitter at 1043 OG (1012 FG, ~4.1 per cent ABV). One finger head, nice carbonation. Surprisingly light in colour, I was expecting more copper and mahogany.

Aroma has that typical fruitiness of S-04 yeast, I also detect what I associate with Munich malts. The taste has more of the same, balanced nicely by the hops and I believe adding Saaz late in the boil makes all the difference; I won’t say grass but it certainly has that European spicy character. A nice crisp beer and I feel no need to tinker with my house bitter recipe. A good session beer.

The looks and taste remind me of TTL, albeit with less toffee. Perhaps I have created a proxy for Maris Otter…

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Tasting notes #30: Rye Mild

October 4, 2012 Comments off

The mild ended up at 1016 OG (~2.9 per cent ABV). Low carbonation and no head.

Sweetish, rye bready on the nose. Mouthfeel is understandably a bit watery. No hop aroma or taste at all, just malts. No yeast characteristics (S-33), very neutral. Next time I brew with this rye malt I’ll increase the OG above 1050 to see how that will work but as a low gravity beer it does its job: a great restorative after a run or a sauna. And due to low carbonation I can tap one of the four 5-litre casks and enjoy it for a few days and not worry about decreasing condition.

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Brew #31: Puujaan Portteri

October 2, 2012 Comments off

Excluding the wheat malt, not sure if this can be brewed any simpler. Mash efficiency 85 per cent. Two points shy of the target OG.

name Puujaan Portteri
“style” Porter
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 40
EBC 95
OG 1044
brewing date 2-Oct-12
yeast Nottingham
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 3.700 81.3%
grain 2 Wheat 0.550 12.1%
grain 3 Chocolate 0.300 6.6%
total 4.550 100%
hops hop gram minutes ibu
bittering Challenger 7.37% 54 60 40
total 54 40
mash schedule minutes degC
step 1 mash in 48
step 2 70 67
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