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:
|0.50 Items||Campden Tablets||Water Agent||1||–|
|2.70 kg||Lager Malt (Muntons) (5.9 EBC)||Grain||2||33.8 %|
|2.30 kg||Wheat Malt, Pale (Weyermann) (3.9 EBC)||Grain||3||28.8 %|
|35.00 g||Challenger [5.40 %] – Boil 60.0 min||Hop||4||21.0 IBUs|
|0.50 Items||Protofloc (Boil 15.0 mins)||Fining||5||–|
|1.0 pkg||US West Coast Yeast (Mangrove Jack’s #M44)||Yeast||6||–|
|3.00 kg||Fruit – Raspberry (After 4/5 days)||Adjunct||7||37.5 %|
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 🙂