The recipe is nice and basic as you can see.
Batch Size: 10.00 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
4.00 kg Pale Malt
2.50 kg Munich Malt
2.00 kg Wheat Malt
4.00 oz Hallertauer [6.5%] (90 min) (First Wort Hop)
3.0 oz Hallertauer [6.5%](30 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)
3.50 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] (30 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)
1 Vanilla pod (Boil 5.0 min)
2 Pkgs US-05 Yeast-Ale
1 Protafloc tablet
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.14 %
Bitterness: 43.6 IBU
Est Color: 6.5
While the Liquor was heating i decided to get the yeast wet. I used US05 in this batch. A lot of the brewers i have spoken to simply rehydrate their dry yeasts in sterilised water. I prefer to add a few grammes of sugar to the sterile water so i can see that the yeast is active before pitching into the wort. I have been told that this stresses the yeast as i am making it work prematurely and consume its own engineered reserves in a non friendly environment. I can see the point of this view but so far (50 AG brews +) i've not killed the yeast and i like the peace of mind that i know the yeast batch i am using is live before pitching.
After that it was simply steep, chill and recirculate the wort through the hop bed for clarification.
Once completed i transfered the wort to the conical Fermentation vessel and pitched the yeast. A shame it only 6 gallons instead of ten but i'm sure it will be fine!
The FV was another Ebay purchase(is there a recurring theme here)? It was originally destined for use in the generation of Biofuel.I decided to use it for a higher purpose and save myself a small fortune in comparison to a stainless steel brewing specific conical.
I'm a huge fan of getting my money's worth out of anything i buy. I'll be the first to admit that my brewery will NEVER win any beauty contests(Rat Breweries rulez). What it will do though is make up to 120 ltr batches of fantastic all grain beer for a brewery build cost of well under a thousand pounds.
If there's anybody out there fancies building a brewery for much cheapness many bargains they could do a lot worse than join Jim's beer kit website and read up on the vast amounts of information available there. There's a link below. My vanity has made the link a short cut to my brewery build.
I'll update as the brew progresses, i really hope some small amount of the vanilla gets through to the bottled beer.
I had a look in the FV this morning and the yeast head has formed and started to subside(it was mountainous yesterday, 12 degrees in the garage at the moment). I have switched on the heater plate on the FV to push it towards the finish line.
Garage use should be maximised. I have a car, brewery and utility strip in mine along with loads of shelving. I managed to 'sell' the larger brewery to my wife on the back of 2 years without buying beer in the shops. In addition to this my beer costs are now approximately as follows for an 'average' 5% IPA.
4.5 kg grain £4.50
100grmms hops £2.00
Heat & brewing misc £2.00
=£10 / 40 pints = 25p
per pint for beer that is only beaten by the very best microbrewers in the U.K.