Archive for November, 2013

Brew #58: Rambler’s Delight Bitter

November 21, 2013 Comments off

A.k.a Hochkurz Bitter. First time using Magnum hops for bittering, usually I would have used Target here.

name Rambler’s Delight
“style” Bitter
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 40
EBC 25
OG 1049
IBU to OG ratio 0.81
brewing date 21-Nov-13
yeast Nottingham
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 3.740 73.5%
grain 2 Munich 0.760 14.9%
grain 3 Crystal150 0.320 6.3%
grain 4 Wheat 0.220 4.3%
grain 5 Chocolate 0.050 1.0%
total 5.090 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Magnum 14% 18 60 24
Challenger 6.92% 20 25 9
Challenger 6.92% 15 15 5
Fuggle 5.17% 15 5 2
Fuggle 5.17% 15 0 0
total 83 40
mash schedule minutes deg c
step 1 – mash in 5 55
step 2 – maltose rest 40 63
step 3 – dextrinisation rest 50 70
step 4 – mash out 15 77
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Tasting impressions #55: Worthington’s IPA Clone

November 18, 2013 Comments off

The test bottle promised a lot a few days ago. Bottled 5th November ie 13 days ago, finished at 1011 FG, 5.7 per cent abv. Recipe here.

Sadly there was a casualty, after almost 2 1/2 years of faithful service one of my mini-casks gave up the battle – the rotter started leaking from the bottom pressed rim edge thus losing its precious contents. Needless to say I was heartbroken and utterly devastated.

Aroma is fruity but instead of the tropical kind, it is berries from the northern hemisphere. Also similar to the test bottle(s) there is butterscotch (pointed to me by the wife who was unaware of the Maris Otter malt). Mouthfeel is dusty and fairly full, a bit oily. Taste is more of the butterscotch, then bitter grassy herbal hoppiness. Aftertaste is solid bitterness. A solid simple full-bodied beer with no fancy ponciness ie no grape-fruit. An old-fashioned beer, I’d like to think.



A very simple beer and not many ingredients, perhaps less is sometimes more and perhaps it makes sense to sometimes brew a clone recipe. In fact, I wouldn’t have any other accompaniment to take me by the hand reading Andrew Martin’s latest Jim Stringer Railway Detective -novel Night Train to Jamalpur. Not even the previous pale ale with colonial hop varieties.

Categories: Tasting my brew

Tasting impressions #56: Pale Ale 1045

November 18, 2013 Comments off

This beer conditioned very quickly. Aroma is delicately fruity with mango which I assume is due to late addition of Nelson Sauvin hops. Mouthfeel is full and malty. Taste is refreshingly hoppy and then the tropical fruitiness finishes it off. I was slightly put off by the white wine character in the first samples (NS again) but the beer rallied quickly – white wine replaced by tropical fruit perhaps helped by the NZ Pacific Jade hops for bittering.

The beer finished down at 1012 FG, 4.4 per cent abv and was bottled seven days before this tasting – the condition being in its prime so quickly. 1045 OG…1012 FG…mashed at 70 degrees…the plan is to push the boat out and mash a similar beer at 73-74 – for obvious reasons.



Malty with a good back bone firmness of mango bitterness. No grape-fruit so it isn’t craft beer as such – but I’ll happily drink it…

Categories: Tasting my brew

Tasting impressions #54: Smoked Porter

November 5, 2013 Comments off

I had a test bottle of smoked porter yesterday and the condition was not quite there yet but what a change overnight – good head and carbonation slightly tingling in the back of the throat.


Ended at 1012 FG, 4.6 per cent abv. Aroma is fruity roasted chocolate. Taste is dry roast coffee, refreshing fruitiness. Has thirst-quenching qualities, very sessionable. I can see these bottles flying out of the cupboard – luckily I have two mini-casks of this black nectar which as slightly heavier might survive a week or two.

Categories: Tasting my brew

Brew #57: Stout Porter

November 2, 2013 Comments off

Imperial stout, stout, porter, stout porter…this beer is to be hidden away, off-site, forgotten and left to age and mature. Will open one bottle a month or so after bottling in order to make sure it has potential.

name Stout Porter
“style” Porter
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 88
EBC 230
OG 1076
IBU to OG ratio 1.16
brewing date 2-Nov-13
yeast 2 x Safbrew S33
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 0.850 12.0%
grain 2 Crystal150 0.300 4.2%
grain 3 Pilsner 4.000 56.4%
grain 4 Chocolate 0.340 4.8%
grain 5 Black 0.250 3.5%
fermentable 1 Table sugar 0.400 5.6%
fermentable 2 Brown sugar 0.500 7.1%
fermentable 3 Muscovado sugar 0.450 6.3%
total 7.090 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Northdown 8.16% 50 60 41 FWH
NZ Pacifica 5.6% 50 60 28 FWH
Styrian Goldings 3.45% 35 60 12 FWH
NZ Pacific Jade 15.1% 5 60 7 FWH
total 140 88
mash schedule minutes deg c
step 1 mash in 45
step 2 70 67
step 3 15 77
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