Steam beers were originally lagers brewed at the warmer ale temperatures, aiming to deliver the best of both worlds. This recipe uses an ale yeast but brewed cooler, arriving at the same place but via a different route. Something just a little different.
2.5kg Liquid Light Malt Extract
1kg Liquid Wheat Malt Extract
300g Carapils Grain malt
15g Cluster Hops (8.7% AA) ‐ 60 min boil
15g Galaxy Hops (13.4% AA) ‐ 30 min boil
15g Galaxy (13.4% AA) & 15g Cascade (6.8% AA) Hops – 10 min boil
Safale US‐05, MJ M44 or WY1056 American Ale Yeast
1. A day before, place 10‐15 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill.
2. Steep Grain 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 wheat malt (approx.) to the saucepan, and bring to the boil whilst stirring.
5. Add 15g Cluster hops.
6. After boiling for 30 minutes, add 15g Galaxy.
7. After boiling for 50 minutes, add 15g Galaxy and 158g Cascade. Continue to boil for the last 5mins.
8. At the end of the 60 minutes, turn off the heat.
9. Add the rest of the malts, dextrose and stir to dissolve. Place the saucepan in a sink of cool water for 10‐15 minutes.
10. 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 18‐20°C. Stir vigorously to aerate.
11. Add yeast, reduce temperatures over 24hrs to to 15°C, keep fermenting at this temperature and 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.