Dark Times 2

This attempt to re-create my previous Dark Times beer went a little awry – the gravity came in much lower than expected, 1.042 instead of 1.050. At first I put it down to the no-sparge process instead of my usual BIAB with sparge process. But when I was crushing grains for my next brew, I noticed that the crush was very coarse – there must have been some slippage of the gap between the rollers. So now my suspicion is that loss of efficiency had more to do with the crush of the grain than the no-sparge process. The beer came out lacking the body of the original Dark Times and overly bitter which entirely makes sense due to the lower gravity. Still a drinkable beer though, but not even close to the original which was really good.

Style Information

Name: Special/Best/Premium Bitter
Recipe Type: All Grain

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
Pale Ale Malt 5.024 kg
Gladfield Light Crystal 0.251 kg
Chocolate, Pale 0.201 kg
Crystal 120 (dark) 0.201 kg
Carapils (Dextrine) 0.101 kg


Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Waimea 0.025 kg 17% 0.425 20
Waimea 0.025 kg 17% 0.425 10
Waimea 0.02 kg 17% 0.34 1
Willamette 0.05 kg 5% 0.25 1
Cascade 0.1 kg 7.8% 0.78 0


Name Type Use Amount Time Notes
Koppafloc Fining Boil 0.00011 kg 15


Name Amount Notes
Safale S-04

Mash Steps

Name Step Type Step Time Temperature
Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 67 C


Amount: 29.7 liters
Water Description:
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 27 liters


Actual OG: 1.042
Actual FG: 1.010
Actual ABV: 4.18%

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