An Australian Pale Ale, with generous helpings of Galaxy, Ella and Enigma, it finishes crisp, with a firm bitterness.
1 Pale ale can
1kg Liquid Wheat Malt
500g Light Dried Malt
300g Caramalt malt grain
15g Ella hops @ 10 mins
15g Enigma hops @ 5 mins
15g Galaxy hops @ 0 mins
Safale US-05 yeast
1. A day before preparing recipe place 5 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill.
2. Steep the Caramalt grain 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. Add another litre of water, add 500g of Light Dried Malt, stir well and bring to the boil.
3. Add 15g of Ella hops and simmer for 5 mins.
4. Add 15g of Enigma hops and simmer for a further 5 mins.
5. Turn off the heat and add 15g of Galaxy hops and allow to steep for 10 mins.
6. Pour the Pale Ale can into the fermenter, add Liquid Wheat malt and contents of the saucepan and stir 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.
7. Add yeast and ferment as close as possible to 20°C.
Bottle or keg beer 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.