Brewday 10: Irish Red Ale II

Brewed on: 19/07/2013

Stocks depleted it’s time for a concentrated burst of brewing ready for the autumn! First up… a remake of the Irish Red Ale I made on Brewday 4 with a couple of tweaks.

The ingredients for Irish Red Ale II:

  • 4.25kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 0.5kg Crystal Malt (10L)
  • 0.15kg Crystal Malt (50L)
  • 50g Roasted Wheat
  • 25g Bramling Cross @ 90 minutes
  • 20g Bramling Cross @ 15 minutes
  • 15g East Kent Goldings @ 15 minutes
  • 1g Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
  • Safale US-05 yeast

A little more grain in this batch over version 1, so this time the target OG is 1.047 and an expected ABV of 4.59%. I’m also using a dried yeast instead of the liquid Irish Ale yeast, although this is more down to what I had to hand at the time of planning the brew! This time my iPhone behaved and we have pictures of the brewday!

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30.2C air temperature in the shade, definitly a day for brewing in the sunshine! Now I am really glad I mounted the brewing rig on wheels – have brewery will travel!

IMG_0571The grain shot! Maris Otter at the base, the two Crystals (top and right) and the Roasted Wheat is the black one. In such a small percentage in the mash this provides the Red hue to the finished beer.




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Three stage Mash in progress at targets of 40C, 60C and 70C. The photos aren’t great, but I was pretty close to each step!



IMG_0583Sparge completed and boiler just starting to come to temperature.






IMG_0586Boil completed and cooling in progress.








Now transferred to the fermenter. OG 1.050 at 25C, and due to the air temperature the FV is wrapped in a wet towel, and stood in a water bath to keep it cool!

Overall this was a very relaxing brewday in the sunshine! I could definitely get used to these! The higher OG works back to an efficiency of 82%, and depending on the yeast performance an ABV of 4.98%. A bit bigger than planned again but not something to complain about!

Serve date on 23/08/2013, can’t wait!



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