Now brewing: Indian Summer autumnal IPA.


For our second St Agnes brew we decided to do a continuously-hopped IPA with a difference. In honour of the “Indian summer” we were having at the time we thought of it, we decided to give it an autumnal twist. We took it darker than an IPA would usually be, and with richer maltiness from crystal and Munich malts. The hops we chose were English Fuggles, with a total of 20 additions!

Checking the temperature of the mash. I wasn't really that bored: I'd just noticed we were being stalked by a cat.

After the temperature fiascos of the last brew, I bought a new thermometer. It did us well.

First runnings

Bags of dry hops

We added hops every five minutes during the boil, plus at flame-out. We also added 30g to the fermenter. Unlike previous dry-hoppings, we put these into muslin bags, to avoid the bottling stick getting all jammed up with bits of hop. Hopefully the flavours will still come through.

Loads of hops

We used 220g of hops in total!

We hit the target OG on the nail. The yeast was the remains of the stuff I’d got from Bristol Beer Factory a few weeks ago. The brew day was on Saturday, so it’s been in the FV for a few days now. It seemed to get stuck at 1.017 with no change for 24 hours and no bubbles from the airlock. Remembering how it came back to life last time, I roused it a bit this morning and it immediately sprung back into life. When I say immediately, I mean the airlock was bubbling again within seconds of putting the lid back on, and had dropped to 1.015 within a few hours. I’m guessing it’ll be done by tomorrow.

Recipe Overview

Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.046 SG Expected OG: 1.055 SG
Expected FG: 1.010 SG Apparent Attenuation: 81.9 %
Expected ABV: 6.1 % Expected ABW: 4.8 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 64.6 IBU Expected Color (using Morey): 24.7 EBC

Fermentables

Ingredient Amount % MCU When
UK Pale Ale Malt 3.200 kg 68.1 % 3.8 In Mash/Steeped
UK Munich Malt 0.900 kg 19.1 % 2.0 In Mash/Steeped
UK Dark Crystal 0.500 kg 10.6 % 15.4 In Mash/Steeped
German Melanoidin Malt 0.100 kg 2.1 % 1.0 In Mash/Steeped

Hops

Variety Alpha Amount IBU When
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 9.2 90 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 9.2 85 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 9.1 80 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 9.1 75 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 20 g 8.9 70 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 4.3 60 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 4.2 55 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 4.1 50 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 4.0 45 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 3.8 40 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 3.6 35 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 3.3 30 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 3.0 25 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 2.6 20 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 2.1 15 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 1.6 10 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 0.9 5 Min
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 10 g 0.0 At turn off
UK Fuggle 3.8 % 30 g 0.0 In Fermenter

Yeast: Bristol Beer Factory

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