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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.

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


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


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

Now brewing: Flashman IPA

Flashman IPA

Impressive cavalry whiskers

Yesterday was my second all-grain brew day. On one of the hottest days of the year, I think it was appropriate that I had planned to brew an India Pale Ale. This was originally brewed for export to India to lubricate the wheels of Empire. To survive the long voyage, it was brewed with lots of hops and higher than usual alcohol. It’s a style that has been taken up enthusiastically by American brewers in recent years, who have made it their own, with massive, in-your-face hoppiness (with American hop varieties), and very high alcohol levels to match. I wanted to brew a summer session beer, so I didn’t want to go down this path as however tasty they are, they’re not ones to drink in large quantities – both because of the high alcohol levels, but also the massive hoppiness which gets a bit tiring.

Last weekend, my local had Sharp’s new seasonal brew, Atlantic IPA which I found very impressive. I particularly liked the unexpectedly fruity hop aroma. It wasn’t as strong or as powerful as an American IPA, but it had some of the complex hop character. As soon as I got home (no mobile signal in the pub, otherwise I’d’ve done it on the spot) I tried to do some research to find out about Atlantic IPA. Imagine my luck: the head brewer of Sharp’s has a blog, and wrote all about brewing Atlantic IPA, including the hops. It seems it has a number of American hop varieties in it: Centennial, Simcoe and Citra. Being a homebrew newbie, I had to do more research on these, though apparently Citra in particular seems to be the talk of the brewing world – a new variety with remarkable fruity aromas. Seems that’s the one.

As I didn’t want to do a full-on American IPA, I decided against copying all of the hops, but thought Citra could definitely add something to my brew. I went with Maris Otter, the king of English malts, for my base, and in the end didn’t use any others. I used 6kg for a 23 litre length, because I’m not confident of my efficiency and want to be sure of keeping the gravity high enough. Staying English for the hops, I used 40g of Challenger for bittering at the start of the boil. I had Goldings left over from Chamomile Lawn, so went with 50g at 10 minutes. After the boil, I then added 50g of East Kent Goldings, plus 40g of Citra. In the end the gravity was 1.052. With the F40 yeast, that should give me around 5.7 or 5.8 ABV: just about right. An English India Pale Ale, with a bit of extra flash – Flashman IPA. Pics below.

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