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Brew #65: Rambler’s Gold

February 24, 2014 Comments off
name Rambler’s Gold
“style” Golden Ale
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 30
EBC 10
OG 1040
IBU to OG ratio 0.74
brewing date 24-Feb-14
yeast British Ale M07
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 1.800 44.0%
grain 2 Pilsner 1.700 41.5%
grain 3 Wheat malt 0.255 6.2%
grain 4 Oats, flaked 0.160 3.9%
grain 5 Carared 0.090 2.2%
grain 6 Caramunich II 0.090 2.2%
total 4.095 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Magnum 14% 15 60 22
Citra 14.8% 3 60 5
Fuggles 5.17% 10 20 3
Citra 14.8% 20 0 0
total 48 30
Hochkurz
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
Hop-stand for 30 minutes
1/4 tsp Gypsum in kettle
Mangrove Jack’s dry yeast
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Categories: Brewing

Beer Snack: Spicy Curried Honey Popcorn

February 21, 2014 Comments off

Prepare the spice mix: 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground coriander and 1/2 tsp salt. Melt 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp butter together:

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Make the popcorn: in a saucepan, heat 4 tbsp of oil with 3 corn kernels, lid on. Once they pop, take the pan off the heat, get rid of the popped corns, add 1/3 cup of kernels into the pan, cover, shake well and wait 30 seconds until putting it back on the heat. Shake well as popping starts.

No burned popcorn, no un-popped kernels, not a single one:

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Add the melted honey butter (delicious on its own too) and spice mix and shake well to get an even distribution. Microwave oven popcorn seems to be a hit and miss, either you burn the popcorn or leave plenty of kernels in the bottom of a bowl – none of those problems here, and you can do many flavour combos (bacon fat one sounds good too). The honey goes well with the curry but next time I’ll double the amount of honey and it’ll be just a perfect snack…

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Enjoy with a homebrew.

Categories: Cooking

Brew #64: Citra Single Hop Pale Ale

February 19, 2014 Comments off

Continuing the single hop theme but decreasing the gravity a bit, keeping IBU’s pro rata. Rinsed with 8 litres into 26 litres, 31 litres to the boil at 1036° and around 89 per cent mash efficiency. Not too shabby…

name Citra Single Hop
“style” Pale Ale
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 37
EBC 14
OG 1041
IBU to OG ratio 0.91
brewing date 19-Feb-14
yeast Nottingham
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 2.920 71.9%
grain 2 Pilsner 0.850 20.9%
grain 3 Crystal150 0.170 4.2%
grain 4 Wheat malt 0.120 3.0%
total 4.060 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Citra 14.8% 15 60 23
Citra 14.8% 12 15 9
Citra 14.8% 15 5 5
Citra 14.8% 15 0 0
total 57 37
Hochkurz
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
Hop-stand for 30 minutes
1/2 tsp Gypsum in kettle
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Tasting impressions #62: Kohatu Jade Hop Burst Pale Ale

February 17, 2014 Comments off

This beer finished quite dry, at around 1009° making it 4.9 per cent abv, just below the required strength.

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Mouth feel is ever so light and soft and hopefully will crisp up later as the carbonation fully develops. In my initial tasting to gauge the carbonation I was getting red berries, raspberry and strawberry syrup both in the aroma and taste. All that has toned down. I am getting some sweetish berries but what has surfaced is an oaky character of wood.

There’s no hop bite, it’s light and a bit watery to be honest, closer to 3.9 than 4.9 per cent abv. I am sure I am not imagining the woody oak, this tastes a bit like what DeGarre beer bar in Bruges smells like – all those beams and old wood everywhere. A white wine drinker would like this beer. Hop bursting at these minimal levels is a waste of good bittering hops.

Edit: DRINKING THIS AGAIN ON 27 FEB. Good head has appeared, in good condition. Oaky character has disappeared. This beer is changing often as it matures. Or should I say Pils…I certainly would be fooled to think this is a pilsner. Slight spiciness on the tongue, soft and crisp. A good approximation for a pilsner – only better as it’s an ale…

Categories: Tasting my brew

Brew #63: Oatmeal Rye Bitter

February 12, 2014 Comments off
name Oatmeal Rye Bitter
“style” Bitter
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 36
EBC 21
OG 1041
IBU to OG ratio 0.87
brewing date 12-Feb-14
yeast Safale S-04
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 1.600 37.3%
grain 2 Pilsner 1.450 33.8%
grain 3 Rye malt 0.635 14.8%
grain 4 Oats, flaked 0.215 5.0%
grain 5 Wheat malt 0.190 4.4%
grain 6 Crystal150 0.180 4.2%
grain 7 Black malt 0.015 0.4%
total 4.285 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Magnum 14% 20 60 29
Fuggles 5.17% 20 15 5
Fuggles 5.17% 15 5 2
Citra 14.8% 15 0 0
NZ Kohatu 6.8% 10 0 0
NZ Pacific Jade 15.1% 10 0 0
total 90 36
Hochkurz
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
Hop-stand for 20 minutes

Reason why the grain percentages in my recipes are not integers but weird fractions is that I first calculate the weights by percentage of total fermentables and then round the resulting kilos and grams to nice round numbers.

Small addition of Citra in the end seemed to lift the aroma.

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Tasting impressions #60: Box Hill Bitter

February 4, 2014 Comments off

This coppery mahogany bitter finished at 4.3 per cent abv. Any decent head took ages (in beer days) after bottling to appear but finally:

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Aroma is grapefruit (fresh citrus). Mouthfeel is full and malty, then grapefruit is tasted along with firm solid bitterness. Again, S04 yeast is slow to catch up, move aside and let the flavours develop. First samples were carbonated and plain fruity, now citrus is showing clearly. Also the caramel is toned down and more balanced. A tiny dose of white wine due to Nelson Sauvin hops. This at 4.3 per cent abv feels and drinks bigger than the 4.8 per cent #61 Jade single hop. A good balance of maltiness and hoppiness, looks and feels like an old-fashioned bitter, but has that citrus twist in the end.

Now we’re talking…a lovely pint.

Looks and reminds me of Pilgrim Brewery’s Progress at 4 per cent abv, although Dave was able to get that citrus out of Styrian Goldings without resorting to New World hops…

 

Categories: Tasting my brew

Tasting impressions #61: Pacific Jade Single Hop

February 4, 2014 Comments off

First of my single hops is bright and well carbonated. This beer came down from 1050° to 1013° and 4.8 per cent abv. Head is fluffy and lasts:

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Aroma is sweetish mango and syrupy raspberry. Taste has some bitterness but not enough, could use more hop bite upfront. Bitterness is soft and neutral, almost Magnum-like, which I did not expect. After the bitterness there is more of raspberry. Aftertaste is hoppy bitterness, neutral again, no resin or fruit. Quite light and drinkable, slips down very nicely, not too challenging and very crisp and refreshing. I can see why Pacific Jade hop is recommended for lagers but I can’t see the black pepper often mentioned.

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Categories: Tasting my brew