Brewday 26: Jaipur Clone

Brewed 08/03/15

No brewing for almost 6 months?! What a shocker! So with the start of the new year came a few spring cleaning jobs in the brewery and as the corny kegs emptied one by one it was clearly time to start brewing some beer again! First up in 2015 would be my attempt at a Jaipur clone. Thornbridge’s Jaipur is an IPA loaded with hops which make it a very easy drinker and disguises its 5.9% ABV. It is an extremely good beer, a multi-award winner, and one of my favourite beers of all time! If I get anywhere near to a reasonable clone I will be a very happy brewer!

To accomodate for the low efficiency in my last few brews I bulked up this grain bill to give a target of 6.2% ABV fully expecting to fall short of this!

The recipe for the Jaipur Clone:

  • 5.5kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 0.5kg Vienna Malt
  • 12g Centennial hops @ 60 minutes
  • 15g Citra hops @ 60 minutes
  • 10g Ahtanum hops @ 60 minutes
  • 12g Centennial hops @ 30 minutes
  • 10g Ahtanum hops @ 30 minutes
  • 10g Chinook hops @ 30 minutes
  • 48g Centennial hops @ 0 minutes
  • 48g Chinook hops @ 0 minutes
  • 36g Ahtanum hops @ 0 minutes
  • 1tsp Yeast Nutrient in Yeast Starter
  • 1 packet Bry 97 (Danstar) West Coast Ale yeast

As expected after such a long break from brewing there were a few rusty edges on show this brew day! I forgot to preheat the mash tun until the very last minute, I forgot I had repurposed the pump power supply as part of the first stirplate build so couldnt use it on the pump now, I lost my hop scales until the boil was already under way, and finally once the finished wort was cooled I dropped it into the fermenter forgetting to check whether the tap on the bottom was closed and promptly poured some all over the floor! (luckily I noticed quickly and only lost around a litre!)

This was also the first time I would use a yeast starter. The yeast for this brew was grown 24 hours in advance from a rehydrated packet of dry yeast into a 1 litre liquid starter. 100g of light dry malt extract was boiled in 1 litre of water for 15 minutes to create a basic wort around 1.040. Once this had cooled to 25C the rehydrated yeast was added and the covered flask placed on the stir plate overnight. This large starter was then pitched into the cooled wort on brew day.
Fortunately thanks to the large starter I still managed to end up with 22.5l in the fv! The gravity was bang on target at 1.062 as the brew day efficiency was up again 73.5%. As a result of the bigger grain bill and the increase in efficiency the finished beer will be 6.2% as per the recipe and not 5.9% ABV as per the plan! Either way I’m looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!

DIY Stir Plate

So following my disappointing Russian Imperial Stout issues in AG 25 I decided that if I was to continue brewing high ABV beers I would need to find a way to improve my pitch-able quantities of the yeast. The answer to this was a magnetic stir plate. Using a stir plate you can take that packet/vial of yeast and grow into a full 1 litre starter in a solution of wort made from Dry Malt Extract. The significantly higher yeast cell count then gives the yeast a much better chance at establishing a strong home and vigerous fermentation. As commercially available stir plate products can be £50-£250 the next DIY project was born!

There are a lot of different instructions for building stir plates out on the internet however a lot seemed to rely on parts being already owned or salvageable from old computers you just have laying around?! I’d need to buy everything so my build would reflect that!

The shopping list:

  • 6v DC Power Supply
  • 20 (8 x 1mm) Rare Earth Magnets
  • 25 Ohm Rheostat
  • 80mm 3pin Computer Fan
  • Potentiometer Knob (to fit a 6mm shaft)
  • Plastic Electronics Project Box (150 x 100 x 60mm)
  • Rocker Switch
  • 4 (60 x 3.5mm) Machine Screws and Bolts
  • 1000ml Borosilicate Erlenmeyer flask
  • Magnetic Stir bar (35 x 6mm)

Tools:

  • Wire snips/strippers
  • Soldering Iron
  • Screwdriver/Spanner
  • Strong Superglue
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The bits!

 

The total cost excluding the tools was about £30 give or take and everything was purchased from eBay so it’s not impossible it could be bought cheaper if you get lucky! (I also paid premium prices to get UK based sellers for speed of delivery!)

 

1. Cut the project box to fit the rocker switch and Rheostat knob

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2. Glue the magnets to the spinning centre of the computer fan. The two stacks of magnets on the left are opposite to the stacks on the right (i.e. the Left side pulls while the Right pushes). Depending on the strength of your magnets you may need more than 1 in a stack, I ended up with 5 on each in my build.

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3. Mount the fan to the lid of the project box with the machine screws and bolts. You may need some washers to give enough space for the magnet stacks to rotate without rubbing the lid of the box and I had to trim a couple of mm from each screw to fit them snugly in the box with the lid on.

20150303_2010514. Cut the yellow wire completely off the fan. This is used in computers as a tachometer but we need it as an extra bit of wire!

5. Attach the red wire from the fan to the center pin on the Rheostat. I have looped it through the left pin (when looked at the flat back) to keep the wire tidy but there is no electrical connection there. Then attached the yellow wire to the right pin on the Rheostat and the middle pin on the rocker switch.

20150305_2033186. Snip the adapter off the power supply and strip back the cover to reveal the two wires inside. In this case they are both black (useful) though one is printed on the sheath to show it’s the live and the other the earth! Tie a knot in the cable on the inside of the box to protect it if the cable gets pulled too hard.

20150307_1347577. Attach the live wire from the power supply to the top pin on the rocker switch and then BOTH the black wire from the fan AND the earth from the power supply to the bottom pin on the rocker switch.

20150307_1355518. Assemble the box making sure the wires inside are nicely tucked away from the spinning fan!

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9. Fill your Erlenmeyer flask with water and drop in the magnetic stir bar. You’ll need to move the flask over the center of the box to catch the magnets and settle the bar. Then plug it in, pray, and give it a spin! You don’t need a full on Twister in the flask, the idea is just to rotate the liquid to keep the yeast in suspension near all that food! Too much power and the spinning magnets will throw the stir bar off to the side of the flask and it won’t work.

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Half power Capt’n!

 

10. Success!

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DISCLAIMER!

I am not a qualified electrician! In fact this is the first time since high school that I have used a soldering iron in anger so please take extreme care if you chose to follow these instructions. Remember beer/water and electricity don’t mix!

Thanks!