Thursday, March 18, 2010

St Patricks Day - First AG Brew - Part II

Managed to get great aeration on the wort as it was transferred to the fermentor*:

Was aiming for 1046 and achieved an OG of 1047, this means that the efficiency of my first All Grain brew was 78%, which I was really hapy with:

Fermentor safely tucked away in my "brew closet"with blow off tube attached:

* When I decided to make the move to all grain I was looking for a way to reduce the cost and bulk of the equipment I would need with the result that I built a mash tun that doubles as my fermentor (I will put up a post about how I did this), the idea came from an article by sbillings on the ICB website. The full article can be read

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Patricks Day - First AG brew - Part I

gSt Patricks day is a special day for any Irishman. A day to drown yourself in Irishness and pints of the black stuff. This year St Patricks day marked my entry into all grain brewing. For the last five months I have dipped my toe into the brewing water with a couple of kit brews and four extract brews. Having fully caught the brewing bug I decided that St Patricks day would be an apt occasion to mark my entry into the world of All grain brewing. Here are some pics of the brew:

Here is the first runnings from my mash tun entering the boiler:

Mash tun as the end of the second runnings drain away:

Third runnings nearly complete, 25l transferred to the boiler:

Vigorous boil of the wort achieved:

Last ten minutes of the boil, wort chiller added in order for it to sanitise in the boiling wort:

Part II to follow.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Recipe - NUTS! Brown Ale - AG

This is the recipe I have decided on for my first attempt at All Grain Brewing that I will be brewing on St Patricks day. The recipe was inspired by Goose Island Nut Brown Ale:

NUTS! Brown Ale
Brown Ale
Author: River Road Brewery

Size: 21.6 L
Efficiency: 77.67%
Attenuation: 76.6%
Calories: 155.62 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.047 (1.045 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.011 (1.010 - 1.016)
Color: 39.38 (35.46 - 68.95)
Alcohol: 4.71% (4.3% - 6.2%)
Bitterness: 27.5 (20.0 - 40.0)

3000.0 g Golden Promise Pale
400.0 g Crystal 120EBC
150.0 g Chocolate 1060 EBC
50.0 g German CaraMunich II
500.0 g Dry Wheat
20.0 g Northern Brewer (10.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
10.0 g Fuggle (5.3%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1.0 tsp Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15 min
10.0 g Fuggle (5.3%) - added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
1.0 ea Fermentis S-04 Safale S-04