Brew Day: Nuka Berry II

Brew Day: Nuka Berry II

Since my last blog post, I’ve brewed a few more beers:

  • A Saison smash for the Smash-Off 2018 competition/beer-swap.  This didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, so that’s being disposed of and I’ve brewed a replacement.
  • An English Barleywine for the Black Beer of Christmas 2018 beer-swap.  At time of writing, this has been in the FV for just over 2 months and I’m planning on bottling it this week.
  • My Eyes Are Pies! – A Brewdog Jet Black Heart clone – This is just about ready to drink and has turned out really nice.  Click the link for the name reference 🙂
  • Another smash beer for the Smash-Off – I’ll pop details up once the competition has finished.

I had a day off work, so with nothing else to do I brewed up another batch of Raspberry Wheat beer for Carter’s stag do:

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
0.50 ItemsCampden TabletsWater Agent1
2.70 kgLager Malt (Muntons) (5.9 EBC)Grain233.8 %
2.30 kgWheat Malt, Pale (Weyermann) (3.9 EBC)Grain328.8 %
35.00 gChallenger [5.40 %] – Boil 60.0 minHop421.0 IBUs
0.50 ItemsProtofloc (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining5
1.0 pkgUS West Coast Yeast (Mangrove Jack’s #M44)Yeast6
3.00 kgFruit – Raspberry (After 4/5 days)Adjunct737.5 %

Not much to report for this one – Everything went smoothly and I had possibly the quickest brew day of all.  However, I did miss my target OG by .005 points, so the finished beer will probably be around 4.6% ABV rather than 5.2ish.

I’ve also got a new gadget, an iSpindel digital hydrometer.  This thing floats in your fermenting beer and based on the amount of sugar/alcohol present, the tilt angle changes.  The device wakes up every so often, connects to my wifi and reports it’s tilt, temperature etc to a remote server.  Combined with some funky maths, you can get accurate gravity readings and monitor your fermenting beer without taking any samples.
Everyone loves a graph, so here’s a live graph showing the progress of my beer 🙂

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