Equipment 2014

Up at 6:30am for a brew with the new equipment (mill, kettle, chiller). If you look at the pictures, it all looks like it went swimmingly. Did it b#ll#cks.





Apart from screwing up the first hop addition with almost double the bittering hops and having to recalculate the recipe, and apart from the little one getting up and throwing up half way through the brew (thankfully not in the brew), I ended up 5 1/2 litres short from the boil. Over 25% short of the intended 20L.


A combination of collecting a little bit less from the mash+sparge than intended, a very vigorous boil from the new kettle, and underestimating the amount of water the hops would absorb contribute… ut I can still barely believe it was 5 1/2 litres short.

The 14 1/2L was stronger than anticipated, but after calculating how much I could water down to reach the planned final gravity (1 1/2L) I decided not to bother – 14 1/2L will fit in a mini-keg with a few bottle to spare.

So clearly I have some homework to do. But sod that, I have beer brewing and it’s Sunday night. Time for curry.



Very nice those Parrot Pale & IPA’s. From NZ but they use Maris Otter, which gives a subtle bread/biscuit taste. And co-incidentally, bread and biscuit flavours were the aim of today’s brew, with a Amber (Biscuit) malt, Munich (II – Dark), and Maris Otter.

509: New Equipment Crack-of-dawn Amber

Intended recipe below, recalculated after screwing up the first addition. Result was 14.5L fermentation at 1.057.

IBU 113
Alc 5.1%
OG 1.052
FG 1.013

70% efficiency
23.28L Boil
20L Fermentation

3.2kg Maris Otter
1.0kg Munich II
0.5kg Amber
0.16kg Carared
0.15kg Crystal 60L

27g Zeus (17.5% AA, FWH + 60 min)
15g Amarillo (8.9% AA, 15 min)
15g Centennial (10.5% AA, 15 min)
15g Chinook (14.2% AA, 15 min)
32g Amarillo (8.9% AA, 5 min)
32g Centennial (10.5% AA, 5 min)
32g Chinook (14.2% AA, 5 min)
32g Amarillo (aroma)
32g Centennial (aroma)
32g Chinook (aroma)


Completely screwed up the chilling on this by using the ice while it was still slush. Got nowhere near the right temps.


Final size 20L. Boil 11L.
Bitterness:38 IBU
OG:1.020 FG:1.008

Steeping (in 2L 65-70 degrees)
100g American crystal 60L
40g American crystal 30L

1kg Light dry malt extract

14g Simcoe (14.5% AA, 10 min.)
14g Centennial (10.5% AA, 10 min.)
14g Mosaic (12.5% AA, 10 min.)
14g Simcoe (14.5% AA, 5 min.)
14g Centennial (10.5% AA, 5 min.)
14g Mosaic (12.5% AA, 5 min.)

Split the fermentation chamber in two to handle two fermenters on the go (the other has 507 with 30g Citra dry hopping). Was impressed by the fermentation chamber before splitting it – with extra foam tiles it consistently kept temps 7 degrees cooler than room temps, and it would maintain the temp for more than 24 hours. Will be less effective split in two tonight but I hope to free some more plastic storage boxes over the next few days.

22nd May 2014: I wouldn’t recommend making this. Something didn’t quite work with it; the hops flavours did’t come through. It may be because I used bags for the hops. Dry hopping didn’t help either – but that also may be because I used bags for the hops. In any case, it didn’t work. After dry hopping with Simcoe, Centennial, and Citra, I ended up blending it with another 503 (Pils) to create something drinkable, but not quite what I wanted.

…from the fermentation chamber. Three 500ml bottles of iced water at 7:30am and some foam floor mats as insulation, and the temp inside the chamber is still more than 3 degrees lower than outside 12 hours later. This actually might work.





Testing watertightness now.

Picking up the bones of a new mash tun from a fellow brewer. Now I just need the stainless steel ball valve and fittings.


Looking good now all my kegs are filled and inside. Now if I could find a 22cm diameter 19L keg (they usually come in 22cm and 23cm diameters) I could move the small silver keg to where the bottles are and JUST slide in a fifth keg. Six if I take out the gas.

Silly me passed up the chance to buy two just two weeks ago. Doh! At the time I didn’t have the Keezer so didn’t know they would fit.