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Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 09:04
by Rolfster
Hi all

I'm brewing today. Another split brew as is standard for me.
Grain was mashed last night
15.75kg of maris otter (may have made a mistake when measuring this out so i'm not 100% on this! :oops: )
200g light crystal
800g caragold

Bittering hops are galena (26g) and Warrior (28g) to give an ibu of about 30.

Late hope will be cascade and Simcoe (100g of each)

Then the main wort will get split 3 ways,
One will get dry hopped with lots of cascade and simcoe to give an Apa
One will get dry hopped with a little cascade and simcoe and lots of earl grey tea to give an earl grey Ipa
One will have a mini mash of dark crystal, rye crystal and dark Belgian candi rocks added
All of them will be fermented with us05.

Any wort that it left over will be fermented at cellar temperature.

I'm just about to add by sparge water to the mash tun having drained the first runnings.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:44
by Rolfster
So it looks like I have put less grain in my mash than expected... but its not too much down.
Pre boil gravity of 1.044.

My mini mash is done and boiling away nicely, with 100g of rye crystal and 60g of dark crystal. I'm still undecided about how much candi to put in it. :hmm:

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:17
by HTH1975
I’d go easy on the Candi sugar as you’ve not really got a very high OG, so you could end up with a thin beer.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 20:53
by Rolfster
Good advice!
I've only just seen it. I put 150g in the mini mash which went into about 22 liters. I didn't measure the gravity of this fv.

The final og of the main wort ended up at 1.045 despite a long boil.... I'm not sure how that works!

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 18:30
by Rolfster
I've added another 150g of dark candi rocks to the darker one. This time dissolved in a little bit of water.

I need to dry hop the others, but time is critical. We are selling the house so SWMBO doesn't want beer conditioning in the house when people are viewing. But the fvs in the cellar are fine!

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 18:42
by Rolfster
I dry hopped these today.
The earl grey fv had 60g of earl grey tea, 13g of Simcoe pellets and 8g of cascade concentrated pellets.

The APA had the rest of each packet. So 42g of the strong cascade pellets and 8g of Simcoe. I will get it all bottled up a week today.... Hopefully!

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 07:42
by Rolfster
I got the Apa and Earl grey ipa parts of this bottled up last night. I got about 46 apa and 49 ipas (in 500ml bottles).
It tasted clean, fresh and hoppy!
I'm looking forward to it being ready.

I'll get the rest bottled start of next week.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 07:56
by Brewzee
Just in time for the wedding, 60gs of tea is quite a bit I'm intrigued how tea like it is and how much caffeine gets through. Via fruit tea's you could do some mad stuff methinks. Did the colour darken much.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 08:27
by Rolfster
There didn't seem to be much colour difference between the apa and the ipa.
This one has at the moment quite a strong earl grey flavour, and it's the most I've put in for a dry hop, but I normally put some in the fv (20g steeped over night in about 500ml of cold water) at the start of fermentation. But I didn't do that this time as I'd run out of tea!

It's a really nice beer and easy to make! Cheebs had a go at it a while ago and seemed impressed.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 13:14
by Cheebs
I absolutely was impressed. I love the earl grey ipa, I brewed two batches for an experiment and will be brewing it again in 2 batches time. The version I brewed has a similar, or possibly slightly stronger tea flavour than the yeastie boys one that I can't spell! (gunamatta?)

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 21:54
by Rolfster
Brewzee wrote:Just in time for the wedding, 60gs of tea is quite a bit I'm intrigued how tea like it is and how much caffeine gets through. Via fruit tea's you could do some mad stuff methinks. Did the colour darken much.


Here is the finished product in bottles.
Green top is the apa, blue top is earl grey ipa and the kilner style top is the darker one.... although it's more of an amber really!
With a side by side the ipa is a bit darker than the apa!

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Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 21:57
by Rolfster
And as you'll see I've bottled the darker fv up as well! Got 43 500ml bottles... and it appears to have dropped to 1.006. Slightly fruity weird taste to it. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

Re: Ag 33.... another split brew.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 18:00
by Rolfster
These are being drunk now. The apa is very nice.The earl grey ipa is good but will take a few more weeks to get to its idea condition. Both have a good ckean vrisp malt back bone, a good flavour from the dry hopping and a nice long dry finish.

The amber is also nice it's got a fruity edge to it and is quite easy drinking for 6ish %. Maybe lacking a bit of body but I knew that would be the case!

All have been much enjoyed by my family at a get together this weekend!