Have been wanting to brew the British Golden again for Summer drinking. With no Crawfish Boil this year due to Covid, I thought Memorial Day weekend would be a good time to do it and to be honest, I am bored out of my mind and need something to take up part of a three day weekend.
Last years Scrummy turned out to be fantastic but a bit heavier and more alcoholic than intended. The plan for this year is to try to stick to last years plan and hopefully end up with a beer that is no more than 4.5% ABV.
With this beer, I used Brewer’s Friend for recipe and water calculations. I have been wanting to get away from Beer Smith and always wanted to check out the web based Brewer’s Friend. I did try Brew Father and liked the interface but found recipe building lacking common ingredients. I was impressed with Brewer’s Friend and am thinking about paying for a full account.
The night before brewing I tossed out an invite for anyone to stop by for a beer. I didn’t really expect anyone to show up due to the Covid and was shocked when Bopp strolled up the driveway. Was great to see him. And then, the Duke showed up. All three of us enjoyed the German White Ale that Tom made. A truly outstanding beer.
May 24, 2020
Scrummy British Golden Ale – – 15 gallons
“A hop-forward, average-strength to moderately-strong pale bitter. Drinkability and a refreshing quality are critical components of the style.“
Calculated Stats –
- OG – 1.046
- FG – 1.012
- IBU – 34.1
- SRM – 4.8
- ABV – 4.52%
- 17 lbs. Maris Otter
- 7 lbs. Pale Wheat
- 1 oz. Phoenix pellet 13% – 60 minutes
- 2 oz. East Kent Golding pellet 4.4% – 60 minutes
- 1 oz. East Kent Golding pellet 4.4% – 30 minutes
- 1 oz. Amarillo leaf 8% – 10 minutes
Wyeast 1318 London Ale III
Originating from a traditional London brewery, this yeast has a wonderful malt and hop profile. It is a true top cropping strain with a fruity, very light and softly balanced palate. This strain will finish slightly sweet.
Prepped 25 gallons treated with Camden.
- Strike 9 gallons at 180˚
- Mash in 7:40 – 151˚ (shooting for 152˚)
- No Mash Out
Vorlauf via pump
Seems to work but wort is cloudier than with the traditional method. Will have to work on this.
Run Off –
Start at 8:50
Sparged with 15 gallons
End at 9:30 Collected 18 gallons.
Pre Boil Gravity – 1.037
10:00 – Boil
Hops per schedule
Chilled to 70˚
Pumped to fermenter in kitchen.
Collected 15.5 gallons.
OG = 1.044 (calculated 1.046)
Oxygenate and pitch yeast.
16 gallons in fermenter.
Woke up the next morning to a huge mess. A lot of foam blew out of the airlock and filled the recessed portion of the fermenter lid. Lost at least half a gallon. Since I did not leave much headroom I knew I was going to have some mess but did not expect this.
Scrambled to rig a blow off tube and clean up the mess.
Tube working well.
May 29, 2020
Racked to secondary. Gravity = 1.009 (predicted final was 1.012) This beer should land at about 4.6%. Just a tad higher than predicted and more like what I intended with this beer when I brewed it last year.
Will end up with 14.5 gallons. Thinking I will keg 5 gallons plus 2 gallons leaving 7.5 gallons to bottle. Maybe prime the 2 gallons in the small keg to create a cask ale. Will talk to Tom about this.