An immensely sessionable ale, smooth and malty with hints of sweet stone fruit, soft bitterness and a lingering sweetness with a subtle caramel aroma. Lightly hopped and very easy drinking.
Mangrove Jack’s Craft Series Session Ale
1kg Liquid Light Malt
300g Crystal malt grain
15g Goldings Hops
1. A day before preparing recipe, place 5 – 10 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill.
2. Steep the Pale ale/Bitter for 30min in 1 litre of hot tap water (not boiling).
3. Strain the grain through a sieve into to a large saucepan. Rinse grains with a further 500ml of hot water and collect in saucepan as well. Discard the grains.
4. Bring grain wort to the boil and boil for 5 mins.
5. Turn off the heat, add the Goldings Hop Bag to the hot wort and steep for 5 minutes.
6. In your fermenter, add the MJ Session Ale satchel, Liquid Malt and contents of the saucepan and mix well.
7. Top up to 23L with chilled and tap water to reach a starting temperature of 20-24°C, stirring vigorously to aerate the wort.
8. Add yeast and ferment as close as possible to 20°C**.
9. Fermentation is complete when gravity reading is consistent over two days, usually 4-7 days depending on temperature.
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.