3 February, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

It was a bitterly cold day today, with a high temperature around 15F. The wind was quite strong too, so even inside the tarped gazebo and the HLT or boil kettle burner going, it was only reaching around 55 to 65 degrees. We brewed another clone of the Dark Ruby Mild from the Sarah Hughes brewery. Malts were Golden Promise, dark crystal, Special B, chocolate, roast barley, and half a pound of debittered black malt for extra colour. Hops were Fuggles and Goldings for bittering, only about 3o-35 IBU. Everything went well during the brew, probably because we didn’t even bother trying to pump the wort from the kettle through the counterflow chiller. Original gravity was 1.053, pitched onto the English ale yeast for the fifth use.

The Boathouse Bitter brewed last week was racked to a couple of corny kegs for conditioning, to be served via the handpump. We dry-hopped one with Cascade and the other with Ahtanum, so we’ll see if there’s a noticeable difference with the Ahtanum, which is supposed to be similar to Cascade, but which we’ve never used before. Gravity was good, 1.013 after seven days.

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