Now Brewing: Hip Hop – Nelson Sauvin

OK, not quite “Now Brewing”, but I do have an excuse for not blogging. Here she is with me, Sam and Charlotte at the Bristol Beer Factory stout day.

This is a brew that we did a couple of weeks ago and bottled on Friday. We decided to do a SMASH (single malt and single hop) to try out some Nelson Sauvin, which we’d never brewed with before. We settled on “Hip Hop” as a name to use for this and future SMASH experiments, so this one is qualified with the name of the hop.

The recipe is a simple one with just Maris Otter malt, and three additions of the Nelson Sauvin.

Recipe Overview
Wort Volume Before Boil: 25.00 l Wort Volume After Boil: 19.00 l
Volume Transferred: 19.00 l Water Added To Fermenter: 2.00 l
Volume At Pitching: 21.00 l Volume Of Finished Beer: 21.00 l
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.045 SG Expected OG: 1.053 SG
Expected FG: 1.009 SG Apparent Attenuation: 81.9 %
Expected ABV: 5.8 % Expected ABW: 4.6 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 57.2 IBU Expected Color (using Morey): 9.3 EBC
Ingredient Amount % MCU When
UK Pale Ale Malt 4.500 kg 100.0 % 5.4 In Mash/Steeped
Variety Alpha Amount IBU Form When
NZ Nelson Sauvin 12.6 % 20 g 31.1 Loose Whole Hops 90 Min From End
NZ Nelson Sauvin 12.5 % 50 g 26.1 Loose Whole Hops 10 Min From End
NZ Nelson Sauvin 12.5 % 30 g 0.0 Loose Whole Hops In Fermenter

The result is really tasty. It’s a great showcase for the hops, a dangerously drinkable for a 5.9% beer. I’m looking forward to trying some other fancy hops in this way.

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