An American style lager beer based on the regular Tooheys extra dry but with an extra dose of fermentable sugar to give this beer a higher than average alcohol kick. Drink with caution, it’s a real party starter!
1 Lager fresh wort
1kg Brew Booster
15g Cluster Hops
2 x Saflager S-23 (12°C) or 2 x MJ M54 Californian Lager (20°C)
1. Well in advance, place 5 litres of clean water in a fridge and chill. *Chill fresh wort drum instead if using s-23 yeast.
2. Place Cluster Hops in a hop sock and steep in a cup with 250mls of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
3. Pour hops liquid and fresh wort into the fermenter. Place hop sock to one side for later.
5. If using S-23, add water to make up 20 litres at 12°C or use chilled water to reach 20°C if using M54.
6. Sprinkle in Yeast and Dry Enzyme.
7. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes. Place hop bag into fermenter.
8. Seal fermenter and place in a cool spot and reduce temperature to 12°C if using S-23 or 20°C if using M54.
9. On the 4th day of fermentation, open fermenter and add the 1kg of Brew Booster. Reseal fermenter, keep temperature constant until fermentation is finished.
10. Bottle when Specific Gravity stabilises – Note use of Dry Enzymes may extend fermentation time.
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.