XXXX Bitter is a big-hearted, full flavoured lager. A unique combination of cane sugar, cluster hops and Vienna malt gives a crisp yet bitter lager that quenches a QLD summer thirst so well.
2.5kg Liquid Light Malt Extract
500g Sucrose (Table sugar)
300g Carapils malt grain
150g Vienna malt grain
35g Cluster Hops ‐ 60min boil
15g Cluster Hops – 15min boil
2x Saflager W34‐70, 2x MJ M84, or WY2124 Bohemian Lager Yeast
½tsp Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
1. A day before, place 10‐15 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill.
2. Steep Carapils and Vienna malt 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 light malt (approx.) to the saucepan, and bring to the boil whilst stirring.
5. Add 35g Cluster hops.
6. After boiling for 45 minutes, add 15g Cluster. Continue to boil for the last 15mins.
7. At the end of the 60 minutes.
8. Add the rest of the malts and ½tsp nutrient, 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 12‐16°C. Stir vigorously to aerate.
10. Add yeast and ferment as close as possible to 12°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.