Brew day 8: 25/05/2013
For brewday 8 there would be no experimenting, no double brewing session and ideally no problems! A nice, simple, brewday in the sun with a BBQ to finish off with! The recipe this time is an American Pale Ale and by using Citra and Brewers Gold hops I hope to end up with a light, golden, summer-supping ale. Perfect for the next time the sun comes out and lures us into the garden!
- 5kg Maris Otter
- 0.5kg Crystal Malt (5L)
- 15g Brewers Gold Hops @ 60 mins
- 10g Citra Hops @ 60 mins
- 15g Brewers Gold Hops @ 15 mins
- 15g Citra Hops @ 15 mins
- 1g Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
- 1 Safale US-05 yeast
Even though I said there was no experimenting for this brew I would be using a stepped Mash. 30 minutes at 40C, 30 minutes at 60C and 30 minutes at 70C. This should result in better conversion of the sugars from the grains i.e. a better mash efficiency. Here is step one: The mash at this point is extremely stiff.
Boil completed the wort was transferred to the fermenter and the yeast added. The OG this time was 1.054, 6 points higher than expected which will mean the finished beer will probably be around 5.5% instead of the 4.8% intended from the recipe. Perhaps a little ‘hefty’ for a summer session beer?!
The new mash process, and perhaps the lack of any other problems, resulted in an overall efficiency of 79% (up from c. 72%) which is a marked improvement! Next time I will have to factor this into my recipe and use less grain to achieve the intended abv, I can’t only brew 5%+ beers after all!