Another old tutorial but again getting a few views on the old tube so thought I’d post it here as well for reference, lots of people have issues with PBs and they get a lot of stick online but if you get a decent one to start with (avoid the cheapest ones from wilko etc) and follow these methods you should be good. Its the best way to get a handpump style dispense without having a beer engine/cask set up in my opinion and works great with english style ales.
I did this video a while back but as it seems pretty popular I thought I’d pop it up on here too, be aware a lot of the newer mini kegs now have a solid plastic bung in the top, apparently these are a bitch to remove and will be destroyed in the process but you can buy the rubber bungs to replace them.
While Jamie was doing his 30/30 stovetop batch so I was I! I even managed to film some of it so check it out here:
I brewed this as a Christmas beer for 2016 using a Vanilla Bourbon Stout recipe from the Greg Hughes book as inspiration. It was pretty experimental with my first use of oak chips and an addition of rum at bottling but I am pleased to say it came out great and I have been enjoying it as it has gradually matured. It definitely a strong one and the rum addition puts it into 7% territory so one for the small bottles!
A little video on making a hop tea to crank up the hops
So Brewdog have updated their DIY dog recipes for 2017 including beers not yet released, whatever you think of them as a company this is pretty cool (although watch out for the recipes which seem to be riddled with errors!). One of their beers I had last year and enjoyed was ‘Casino Rye Ale’ so I was happy to see this in the new book, I won’t be brewing it as its written because a) its wrong (stated grist does not give the correct OG) & b) the amount of hops is exorbitant IMO and the original did not taste like it had that much in it anyway. So here is my interpretation of what will give a similar beer with out having to spend the best part of £20 on hops alone!
Falconers Flight is a blend of NW Pacific Hops including Simcoe, Citra and Sorachi Ace. This recipe should give a very hop forward APA with all the characteristic flavours you would expect, citrus, pine and tropical fruits. It is currently fermenting so I will have to report back on how it turns out in a few weeks….
When I brewed it I actually forgot to add the flame out addition (doh!) so I will be experimenting with using that for a hop tea that will be added prior to bottling.
Batch size: 19 Litres
Brewhouse efficiency: 80%
3.1 kg Pale Ale Malt
0.16 kg Crystal Malt 40L
0.06 kg CaraMunich II
HOPS & ADDITIONS SCHEDULE
10g Magnum at 60 minutes FWH (or use any clean bittering hop)
20g Falconers Flight at 10 minutes
20g Falconers Flight at 5 minutes
40g Falconers Flight at 0 minutes
50g Falconers Flight dry hop 5 days
Mash at 66c
Ferment at 20c