Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fuggle ale (pilot brew #1)

Lately it has been difficult to find free weekend morning to devote to brewing, so I thought I would try doing some mini-batches in the kitchen. Still all-grain, but hopefully a little less time consuming. I am also hoping to use this method to try out some recipes before brewing 5 gallons of them.
I put together a 2-gallon mash tun and, a couple weeks ago, tried a basic recipe to go through the process before doing anything more complicated. I did another pilot brew today which I'll post about soon. I called this recipe Fuggle ale because it's just pale malt and Fuggle hops (with a dash of some other hops because I didn't have quite enough Fuggle).

Fuggle ale:
  • OG: 1.046, FG: 1.010, 4.6% abv
  • 33 IBU
  • 1.5 gallons
Grains:
  • 2.33 lbs Maris Otter pale malt
Hops:
  • 0.3 oz Fuggle hop pellets (4.5% aa) @ 60 min
  • 0.1 oz E. Kent Goldings hop pellets (5.0% aa) @ 60 min
  • 0.3 oz Fuggle hop pellets (4.5% aa) @ 5 min
Yeast:
  • 3 g Safale S-04 English ale yeast
I fermented this for just under 2 weeks at 64 F. I bottled it today in two 2-liter bottles and one 12-ounce bottle. It tasted pretty good and will hopefully be great after carbonating and sitting for a couple more weeks.

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