15 December 2010

posted by benjy edwards

The last batch using the first culture of yeast after the move is our Alpha King clone, a nice hoppy pale ale that we’ve ramped up to an IPA.  OG is 1.062, and with a racking gravity of 1.011, this will be over 7% ABV.  Hops are Magnum, Chinook, and Cascade, at about 85 IBU.  Water treatment is quite different, with salt, gypsum and epsom salts in the mash, and only lactic acid in the sparge liquor.  Most of the treatment went into the boil, including salt, gypsum, and epsom salts.  The result was a very hoppy beer, with enough colour that the alkalinity of the water wasn’t a problem.

5 December 2010

posted by benjy edwards

The fourth batch of this yeast is our dark mild, using my favourite recipe for this style.  OG is 1.039 using quite a few dark malts, including crystal, brown malt, and chocolate.  Colour is about 19 SRM, so almost black but not quite.  Hops are restrained at around 20 IBU.  Water treatment is simple for this style using this brewing liquor, with only salt added to the mash and a touch of gypsum in the sparge liquor.

This beer is probably the best one yet of the Olympia brews, just showing how important water profile is to making the difference between a good beer and a great one.  Wonderful malt character, good clarity.