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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: 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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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 3)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 3)

The PID control box, temperature probe, and the water heating pot are ready (see parts one and two).  The remaining jobs I need to complete are: Make a copper pipe coil Install fittings for the pipe work Test everything! So, next up is some copper bending! The parts used here are: 3 meters of 12mm copper pipe Kids play sand 2 x 1/2″ / 12mm compression fittings 1/2″ Tee piece A 500ml beer bottle I first tried to bend the…

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