2014 Hops Harvest No. 1

My mash temperature started off lower than anticipated. My strike water temperature was 71C but my mash ended up around 62-63C instead of the 65-66 I had expected based on the calculator. So I added 1.5L of boiling water after 15 mins which brought it up to 64.5C and another 1.5L after 60mins which again brought it back to 64.5C. I gave it a long mash time of 110 mins. Temp was 63.5C at end of mash. The lower temperature longer mash should result in a highly fermentable wort which, accourding to the theory, will help enhance the hops flavours.

I used a bag to facilitate removal of spent hops flowers. The bag was restricted to a small area inside the wort chiller. I’m wondering if this overly restricted their movement in the boling wort and reduced amount of oils extracted into the wort? I’m trying to think of a better approach. Last year I dumped them straight into the boil and strained them out when transferring into the fermenter. It took awhile dealing with the sheer volume of hops material so may not have ben most ideal solution. Maybe next time sanatise the grain bag, and insert into fermentor, then pour in wort and lift out hops? Definately worth a try!

Style Information

Name: American Pale Ale
Recipe Type: All Grain

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pilsner 3.25 kg
Maris Otter Malt 2 kg
Munich I 0.4 kg
Carapils (Dextrine) 0.15 kg
Crystal, Bairds Pale 0.15 kg
Rye Malt 0.2 kg
Carafa II malt 0.05 kg
Crystal, Bairds Dark 0.05 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Wet Hops 1 0.005 kg 11% 0.06 60 25g wet (5x factor to get dry equiv weight)
Wet Hops 1 0.005 kg 11% 0.06 30 25g wet, % alpha is just a guess
Wet Hops 1 0.01 kg 11% 0.11 20 50g wet
Wet Hops 1 0.03 kg 11% 0.33 10 150g wet
Wet Hops 1 0.07 kg 11% 0.77 1 350g wet
Wet Hops 1 0.114 kg 11% 1.25 0 570g wet (let flameout addition sit for 20-25 mins before cooling)


Name Amount Notes
Nottingham 11g Rehydrated

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 110 64 C


Amount: 30 L
Water Description:
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 23 liters


Estimated OG: 1.053
Estimated FG: 1.013
Estimated ABV: 5.24%
Actual OG: 1.060
Actual FG: 1.009
Actual ABV: 6.69%
Bitterness: 45 IBU

Tasting notes

Lacking the expected all round hoppiness (bitterness/flavour/aroma), but still a pretty good drop to drink, just not what was expected. Most noticible on the nose is a hint of alcahol. Taste is pretty mellow/soft with a bit of malt sweetness. As I suspected the hops being so restricted in the bag prevented the much of the hops goodness from making it's way into the wort.

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