Basically the same recipe as the Winter Meltdown, but without the spices, and with the hops substituted for what I have in the freezer.
I’d read a couple of things about the new Crisp Clear Choice Malt, so when I saw it was available at The Malt Miller I thought I’d give it a go. It’s 10p per kg more than the Crisp Maris Otter, and 20p more than their Flagon, but that only barely comes to an extra quid on the brew, and it will be interesting to see what difference it makes to clarity.
- Length: 23.5 litres
- OG: 1.053
- FG: 1.012
- ABV: 5.4%
BeerXml File: Spring Meltdown
- Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
- Length: 25 litres
- Yeast: Dry English Ale (White Labs WLP007)
- OG: 1.054
- FG: 1.013
- ABV: 5.5 %
- Colour: 29.8 EBC
- Bitterness: 41.0 IBUs
|Clear Choice Malt (Crisp)||6||5.199||93|
|Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett)||118||0.289||5|
|Name||Alpha||Form||Amount (g)||Time (mins)|
|Goldings, East Kent||5||Leaf||10||5|
Yeast is a vial of WLP007, and for this recipe Mr. Malty says I need a starter of 2.62 litres (so that’s 262g of DME). Started a little over 24 hours ahead of when I’ll need it.
Alkalinity measured at 199mg/L, so for 35 litres that’s 33ml CRS, 7.5g gypsum, 1.8g epsom salts, 1.8g salt.
Doughed in at 65.5C – which is little lower than I expected with strike water at 76C, a pre-heated mash tun, and grains that had been in the house (except the chocolate, which was in the garage).
I ended up today with 27 litres after the boil, 23.5 litres into the FV, at 1.053, which is 78% efficiency. Yeast and starter are in the fridge with the wort, waiting for the wort to cool, and the starter to warm slightly, to 21C, which is where I’m going to ferment.
2014-02-23: I had to rack it into secondary so I could get the yeast, gravity measured at 1.012. It’s switched fridges to condition at 12C for now, but I intend to drop it down to 4C to finish clearing. Tastes good – I can clearly taste that it’s the same beer as the Winter Meltdown, but the bitterness is more pronounced.
2014-03-26: Now on tap, and tasting really good. Very pleased with this one. There’s a bit of caramel, a fruity, herby note, and a bit of mildly lingering bitterness.