For the hops, I didn't want to mirror Magic Rock’s superb beer and go down the Citra route, so instead I decided I would use my remaining Amarillo stash. This was suddenly starting to sound like a SMaSH brew! With the recipe nailed and grain ordered the brew was a-go! There was still time to throw in some extras, but this time I was determined to stay simple for my own education.
When brewday arrived everything was going according to plan until my brand new probe thermometer went haywire and reported that the room temperature was now 68°C. I know I had the central heating on, but c’mon! Some how I managed to get it working so it was reporting the correct temperature long enough to get the liquor and mash temps nailed, only for it to go again when I began cooling the wort...damn the brew gods! In the end I took a best guess it was 20 degrees and transferred the wort to the FV where I could at least use the probe for taking the temperature. Unfortunately, I was around 8-9 degrees out, so I had to leave the FV un-insulated for a further hour until I could pitch my yeast. By having no means to check the temperature I couldn't rehydrate the yeast, so instead I opted for the tried and tested dry pitch method. A few days in and fermentation was ticking along nicely. Before I tackle any future brews I will invest in a good old mercury thermometer as a back up. The original gravity came out at 1.054.
|Vienna||Grain||5.9||96.77 %||3 Kg|
|Amarillo||8.6 %||30 g||Boil||60 mins|
|Amarillo||8.6 %||25 g||Boil||10 mins|
|Amarillo||8.6 %||10 g||Dry hop||0 mins|
|Irish Moss||0.5 g||Boil||10 mins|
Normally, I would post these brewday write-ups before I’ve even got around to bottling, but life has gotten in the way so this time around I also get to write about the finished product. Fermentation did it’s thing without any issues, the temperature controller doing a sterling job of keeping it around the 20 degree mark. The only problem I did have was the foam camping mat I had used to insulate the FV actually fused to the brew belt! This was always a temporary solution until I got around to buying a proper heating mat so I’m not overly fussed.