27 May, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

I borrowed a propane burner from our friend John yesterday so that we could fry some food, so I figured I may as well borrow his boil kettle too, so today we brewed twenty gallons of beer. The mash was Maris Otter, crystal, aromatic, and flaked maize, double the amount we’d use for ten gallons of the Fuller’s London Pride. In one kettle we boiled some Target, Northern Brewer, and Kent Goldings for the London Pride clone, and in the other we used solely Simcoe. Orginal gravities turned out to be 1.045 (London Pride) and 1.044 (Simcoe Pale Ale). The gravities were different and so were the volumes, based upon different evaporation rates. We used the immersion chiller for a stage one chill followed with the counterflow. The English ale yeast we’d stored in two primaries for a week was split into four primaries. The power was out when they started to ferment, so I put them out on the concrete floor before I went to bed, but the power came on during the night so I moved them into the fridge at about 3 am.

20 May, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

I tapped the Landlord clone on Friday night, boy is it tasty. I think it’s exactly the same as the last batch, so we have the recipe dialed in just where it needs to be. I was surprised by the level of condition in the corny keg, as it was quite full and didn’t have any appreciable headspace to carbonate. Initially I intended to draw off a pint or two to give it some space to condition, but it was lively enough and very tasty, so I had a few pints. We didn’t have time to brew this weekend, as we went up to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to watch the Porsche Club Race. We racked the Boathouse Bitter out of primary into a firkin, though, keeping the yeast in the bottom of the primary fermenters and chilling them down for use next weekend when we brew another batch. The bitter dropped from 1.042 to 1.015, so it will be quite lively after a week or two in the cask. Dry hops was plugs of East Kent Goldings, three ounces total. Flavour out of the primary was quite nice, not a lot of fruitiness present.

12 May, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

Another perfect weather day, just right to brew another batch of session ale. This time it’s batch 17 of the Boathouse Bitter, with the usual tweaks to the recipe. The grist is Maris Otter, crystal 55, carapils, biscuit, and flaked maize, mashed again for a no-sparge brew. Hops were Target in pellet form for bitterness, along with Kent Goldings and organic Pacific Gem for later additions. Original gravity turned out to be 1.040, and fermentation started quickly when racked onto the English ale yeast from the previous batch of Landlord.

We racked the Landlord to a corny keg and the pin, each with a couple ounces of Kent Goldings in plug form. Racking gravity was 1.013 on both fermenters. Should be ready to quaff in a week!

5 May, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

After a very long break, we’re back to brewing. Good thing too, because not only are we running out of pale ales, but I missed brewing! Today was the twelfth batch of the Landlord clone, brewed again with the no-sparge method. Grain bill consisted entirely of Golden Promise, with Fuggles, Styrian and Kent Goldings for hopping. The target gravity was 1.042 and the actual was 1.040, so it’ll be a great session bitter. It is destined for either a firkin or half in the pin and the other half in a corny. Brewing went well, got a good chill without having to use the immersion chiller first. Yeast was two vials of English Ale (WLP002) that I made a starter for on Friday night.