Friday, January 12, 2007

Time to keg

Today I racked the Bitter Landlady into a cornelius keg.

Final Gravity = 1008
BeerClear finings added in 50ml of wort

Quite light in colour, slightly orangey, good taste although nothing like landlord. Floral element has subsided into a good bitterness. Taste much dryer than previous brews, which is good! ;-)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, New Beer

Today I took a well-advised day off work with the specific intention of brewing, a great way to start the year.
The recipe was based on Wheeler's Landlord - it being my favourite beer and the one I cut my ale teeth on in my late teens.
I don't have the ability to caramelise the wort like Timothy Taylor do so I had to add a little crystal malt to up the colour a little, although this turned out very pale and orangey-coloured compared to the real thing.

I had quite a lot of trouble getting the mash temperature to stabilise and was messing around with kettles and jugs of hot and cold water. I eventually got it right, then the boiler broke and sent litres of warm (thankfully not boiling) water all over the work surface. Then the element packed up pre-boil, I eventually got it working after replacing fuses, bending contact pins and re-replacing fuses. All in all a bit of an episode... the finished result better be worth it!

Recipe courtesy of my nifty new recipe-formulation software, BeerToolsPro:

Bitter LandLady (TTL clone)
8-B Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Size: 23.28 L
Efficiency: 67.61%
Attenuation: 81.0%
Calories: 183.72 per 1 pt

Original Gravity: 1.042 (1.040 - 1.048)
Terminal Gravity: 1.008 (1.008 - 1.012)
Color: 5.0 (5.0 - 16.0)
Alcohol: 4.44% (3.8% - 4.6%)
Bitterness: 41.77 (25.0 - 40.0)

4850 g Golden Promise Malt
15 g Crystal Malt 120°L
42 g Styrian Goldings (Brupaks) (4.1%) - added during boil, boiled 90 min
35.0 g Fuggles (Hop & Grape) (5%) - added during boil, boiled 90 min
15 g Goldings (Brupaks) (5.8%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
10 g Irish Moss - added during boil, boiled 15 min