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Brew #56: Pale Ale 1045

October 30, 2013

A quick and easy pale ale with some Kiwi hops thrown in.  Please note the mash temperature which is higher than usual.

I followed the efficiency of my 20L Speidel Braumeister at various stages. Weighted average of degrees per litre for 4.63 kg of various malts was 307. After the mash I poured 0.5 L into the malt pipe resting above the kettle and waited until not much was dripping into the kettle. So just an initial rinse and then I lifted the malt pipe onto the lid and buckets. At this stage there was 24 L of wort in the kettle at 1044 gravity ( I had been targeting 1045) which was 74 per cent efficiency (ME%).

So now when the boil temperature was rising I started rinsing slowly at the same time rotating the pipe as the floor is not even. Rinsed wort is dripping into a bucket through the steam hole on the lid. I pick up 3 to 4 points during the boil so in order to get 1045 I need 1041.

I emptied a bucket into kettle, 2 L and I now had 26 L (top notch on the rod) at 1045, 3 L sparge water in the grain at this stage. ME% 82.

Next, about a litre of 1023 wort goes in from the bucket, so far 27 L at 1042, still 82 %.

So far 6 L have been rinsed into the grain which are still dripping off nicely.

I decide to rinse with one more litre, 7 L in total. Then I have 2 L in the bucket at 1015. I add those and get 29 L at 1040. That is still 82 per cent which is lower than usual, last brew I got 90 per cent and usually get 88 per cent. Higher than usual mash temperature? Still some wort draining from the grain which I’ll add into the kettle later.

Just before I reach 100 degrees I have 29.5 L at 1040 ie 83 ME%. But who’s counting.

name Pale Ale 1045
“style” Pale Ale
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 50
EBC 16
OG 1045
IBU to OG ratio 1.10
brewing date 30-Oct-13
yeast Nottingham
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pilsner 3.450 74.5%
grain 2 Munich 0.700 15.1%
grain 3 Wheat 0.220 4.8%
grain 4 Crystal150 0.100 2.2%
grain 5 Caramunich II 0.080 1.7%
grain 6 Carared 0.080 1.7%
total 4.630 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
NZ Pacific Jade 15.1% 25 60 38
NZ Pacific Jade 15.1% 5 30 6
Styrian Goldings 3.45% 25 15 4
Bramling X 4.8% 20 5 2
Nelson Sauvin 12.3% 20 0 0
total 95 50
mash schedule minutes deg c
step 1 mash in 45
step 2 70 70
step 3 15 77
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