Kinda like Rambo, this time I'm back and ain't nothin' goin' git in ma way.
The Old Thumper as a first brew taught a lot of lessons, organisation being the biggest of them. Also that even the smallest parts of the process (aeration) can have a massive impact on the outcome of your beer, and you need a tight control of them all.
For my second batch I plumped for my own tweaked version of Pendle Witches Brew, which I'm calling 'Swingin' Sisters':
Original Gravity: 1.050
Terminal Gravity: 1.011
4226.68 g Halcyon Pale Ale Malt
264.79 g Crystal Malt 120°L
264.79 g Torrified Wheat
530 g Cane Sugar
87 g Fuggle (4.8%) - added during boil, boiled 90 min
20 g Fuggle (4.8%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
10 g Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15 min
7 days primary fermentation Gravity = 1011, 5 days secondary fermentation, racked to Cornelius Keg & added BeerClear finings 22/12/2006
After 1 week maturing - little balance between malt & bitterness. The 'sweet' taste comes first, followed by strong bitter finish.
2 weeks - better balance, although sweet start still evident.
3 weeks - much better drinking, better balance, buttery sweetness much less evident and slightly smokier malt taste comes through with good bitter finish, if a little harsh. Little in terms of aroma.
A big improvement over the first brew, with better taste and clarity. Maybe I'll give it another go sometime but first I got dates with plenty of other beers...