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Brew Day: Totally Tropical Pale

Brew Day: Totally Tropical Pale

It’s been a while since I’ve brewed an IPA, as long as you don’t count the Wry Smile DIPA I brewed a couple of months ago!  With the ingredients in stock, it was time to get a brew on! This IPA is based on James Morton’s Totally Tropical Pale recipe from his Brew book, adjusted for my equipment & volume: Amt Name Type # %/IBU 6.50 kg Maris Otter Malt (Muntons) (5.9 EBC) Grain 1 86.7 % 0.40 kg Munich Malt…

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Brew Day: BBOC Honey Porter

Brew Day: BBOC Honey Porter

At the time of bottling my BBOC Vanilla Porter, I was really worried that what I was tasting wasn’t very nice.  So, I decided to brew another porter for the BBOC competition just in case… This Honey Porter is based on Greg Hughes’ recipe from his Home Brew Beer book, adjusted for my equipment & volume. 3.71 kg Maris Otter Malt (Muntons) (5.9 EBC) Grain 1 65.1 % 0.62 kg Caramalt (Muntons) (29.6 EBC) Grain 2 10.8 % 0.50 kg…

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Brew Day: Denny’s Wry Smile

Brew Day: Denny’s Wry Smile

I’ve had a couple of big beers on my to-do list for a while, so with my HERMS system up and running I thought I’d strike one of them off the list: Denny Conn’s Wry Smile, a 7-8% ABV Rye Double-IPA! Adjusting for my kit’s (pre-HERMS) efficiency, I came up with the following recipe: 6.85 kg Maris Otter Malt (Muntons) (5.9 EBC) Grain 1 68.9 % 1.85 kg Rye Malt (9.3 EBC) Grain 2 18.6 % 0.59 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt…

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Brew Day: BBOC Vanilla Porter

Brew Day: BBOC Vanilla Porter

I’ve decided to take part in this year’s “Black Beer of Christmas” Facebook group brew-off(up?). The idea is to brew a beer, bottle it and send a batch of it to your local hub. Shortly afterwards, you’ll get a box back with a selection of other brewers beer! This year’s theme is Porter, so I’ve decided to have a go at brewing a Vanilla Porter. Recipe: 4.5kg Munton’s Maris Otter / Propino Blend (5.9 EBC) 1kg Munich Malt (20 EBC)…

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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 4)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 4)

The PID control box, temperature probe, water heating pot and the re-circulation coil are ready (see parts one, two and three).  The remaining jobs I need to complete are: Install fittings for the pipe work Test everything! The parts used here are: PT100 temperature probe with 1/4″ BSP fitting 1/2″ to 1/4″ BSP Reducing bush 1/2″ BSP female nipple 2 x 1/2″ Camlock Type F fittings 2 x 1/2″ Camlock Type C fittings 2 x hose clips 0.5m silicone hose I…

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