Was this a case of third time lucky with this Brewers Gold clone? Actually it’s more that I needed a reasonably straight forward recipe using whatever hops I had in stock so I could get on with the inaugural brew for my shiny new Grainfather! To take advantage of the PID controlled heating element this recipe used a stepped mash and again I varied the hop addition timings from previous versions of this Brewers Gold to put more weight on the late additions to really try to boost that hop flavour!
The recipe for the Brewers Gold:
- 4.5kg Maris Otter Malt
- 300g CaraPils Malt
- 30g Brewers Gold hops @ 60 minutes
- 30g Brewers Gold hops @ 15 minutes
- 40g Brewers Gold hops @ 5 minute
- 40g Brewers Gold hops @ flameout
- 1 tsp Irish Moss
- 1 packet Mangrove Jacks M36 Liberty Bell yeast
Learning how to use the new brewery meant that I was far too distracted to take any photos! Next time… I promise!
The stepped mash worked really well and wasn’t that complicated to program however due to me trying to setup a Grainfather equipment profile on Beersmith I somehow managed to over-sparge with nearly 2 litres of extra water. As a result the preboil and postboil OG’s for this brew were much lower than expected at 1.040 instead of the target OG of 1.054. Luckily for me the Liberty Bell yeast managed to go a couple of points lower than planned too so the FG finished up at 1.012 meaning the final ABV was 3.7%. Off target however not too dramatically in the end. Phew!