A wonderful, malty red ale, reminiscent of a good Irish red, full of body, sweet and delicious. Just the thing to warm you up in the depths of a winter chill.
3kg Liquid Amber Malt Extract
500g Light Dried Malt
300g RedX, Carared or Redback malt
150g Roast barley
40g Fuggles Hops (4.5% AA) ‐ 60 min boil
30g Willamette Hops (5.1% AA) ‐ 15 min boil
Safale S‐04, MJ M36 or WY1084 Irish Ale Yeast
1. A day before, place 10‐15 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill.
2. Steep Grain malt for 20‐30 mins with 1 litre of hot tap water (not boiling).
3. Strain liquid into a large saucepan. Rinse grain with another 1 Litre of hot tap water into the saucepan, and discard grain.
4. Add another 4 litres of water and 1 kg liquid amber malt (approx.) to the saucepan, and bring to the boil whilst stirring.
5. Add 40g Fuggles hops.
6. After boiling for 45 minutes, add 30g Willamette. Continue to boil for the last 15 mins.
7. At the end of the 60 minutes, turn off the heat.
8. Add the rest of the malts and stir to dissolve. Place the saucepan in a sink of cool water for 10‐15 minutes.
9. Pour the contents of the saucepan into the fermenter, and top up to 23 litres with chilled and tap water to reach a starting temperature of 20‐22°C. Stir vigorously to aerate.
10. Add yeast and ferment as close as possible to 20°C**. Bottle or keg when gravity is consistent over two days.
Tips for temperature control:
-Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
-Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter.
-Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water.
-Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant.
–Use a Brewing Thermostat and a fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.
Equipment needed for mead making:
– 4 Litre Pot
– Medium Funnel
– 2 x 5L Demijohns
– Bored Bung
– Solid Bung
-To make oak spirit use a 4-5 Litre wide neck glass jar, use around 200-300g of oak blocks or chips and 1 litre of vodka/neutral spirit. Soak for at least 14 days but the flavour intensifies the longer you leave the oak soaking. When ready, strain the oak out by passing it through filter wool in a funnel.