Time to ramp up production!

I slacked off on the brewing during the winter, it seemed like I had an endless supply built up, but that ‘endless supply’ dwindled and was gone and I was spurred back into brewing action in October, brewing Batch #8. Then I brewed up Batch #9 last weekend, my first partial mash. But the thirsty days of summer are upon us already and so I had to do something about the pace of production. So time came to recommission my old extra fermenter, which I picked up earlier in the year to brew a sugar wash for distilling and a feijoa wine. And now for the first time I’ve got 2 fermenters going at the same time. Here’s what I’ve got brewing:

Batch #9 – American Pale Ale

Grain Bill:
2kg Pale Ale Malt
0.25kg Carapils
0.25kg Crystal 60
1.5kg Light DME

Hop Bill:
10g Simcoe – First Wort Hop
15g Simcoe @ 30 min
25g Simcoe @ 15 min
25g Cascade @ 0 min
25g Cascade – Dry Hop

Yeast: US-05

For this recipe I used a calculator called BrewMate to work out the quantities since the Kit And Extract Beer Designer does not include mashing calculations. It was my first time mashing grains and I found the partial mash process fairly similar to the extract plus steeped grains process. Although it’s not all-grain brewing I feel it gave me a good understanding of mashing and demystified¬† all-grain brewing. Brew night went smoothly and I have high expectations for this brew.

Batch #10 – Light Summer Ale

0.25kg Crystal 60
1.7kg Coopers Lager kit
0.5kg Light DME
0.5kg Dextrose

10g Simcoe @ 15mins
20g Simcoe @ 0 mins

Yeast: US-05

For this brew I’m going for a lighter beer for summer drinking. I used a can of Coopers lager, a little steeped grain, some DME and some dextrose to make it lighter bodied. I went fairly light on the hops, relying mostly on the hops from the Coopers kit for bittering and did a short 15 minute boil to add a modest amount of Simcoe for finishing hops. I pulled Batch #9 out of the fridge and put this one in as I figure that maintaining a steady, lower temperature in the primary fermentation stage, i.e. the first week, is more critical than in the second week stage.

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