Brewday 28: (not a) Steam Beer!

Brewed 03/07/2015

This brewday was a perfect example of why you should check your inventory before you set your mind to brewing a particular beer! My intention this time around was to re-brew the Steam Beer I made in brewday 3 however when it came to the evening before brewday I discovered I didn’t have enough Northern Brewer hops (which are the prime hop for this style of beer) or any Californian Common yeast (essential for this style!). As a result I have no idea what this beer is… It’s not a Steam Beer, it’s more a mediumly hoppy American Best Bitter. Odd, but hopefully tasty nonetheless!

The recipe for the (not a) Steam Beer:

  • 4.5kg Maris Otter Malt
  • 500g Medium Crystal Malt
  • 36g Ahtanum hops @ 60 minutes
  • 21g Centennial hops @ 15 minutes
  • 19g Northern Brewer hops @ 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp Irish Moss
  • 1 packet S05 yeast

Another workday mash for this brewday and again a brief write up.

Again I must have over-sparged as the volume was higher than expected and as a result the OG was 10 points or so short on target. Fortunately the yeast worked wonders and the FG was down at 1.008 so ABV was pretty much on target at 5%.

This beer didn’t look the clearest going into the keg even after being cooled for 3 days before racking. Hopefully this will clear during conditioning in the keg but I suspect the fermentation took place at the top end of the tolerances due to the British Summer finally taking hold!

One of my upcoming projects is an STC temperature controller to utilise my spare fridge as a fermentation chamber which will stop this being an issue in the future. Watch this space for the build writeup!

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