Redcoat ESB 2022 5 gallon

Will brew a 5 gallon Redcoat ESB using harvested yeast from the last batch of Scrummy. Will try to work out more kinks in the Foundry/FastFerment system and procedures.

Saturday August 6, 2022

Redcoat ESB (Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) – 6 gallon

Grain Bill

  • 8.5 lbs. Maris Otter
  • 10 oz. Medium Crystal*
  • 8 oz. Special Roast
  • 8 oz. Aromatic
  • 6 oz. CaraPils Copper*

*Trying a few new malts found at MoMalt.

Hop Bill

  • .75 oz. Challenger 6.1% – 60 mins.
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings 5.9% – 60 mins.
  • .5 oz East Kent Goldings 5.9% – 15 mins.

Yeast

Wyeast 1318 London Ale III (harvested from Scrummy – secondary in FastFerment)

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.

Calculated Stats

  • OG – 1.046 (1.04 – 1.048)
  • FG – 1.012 (1.008 – 1.012)
  • IBU – 39 (25 – 40)
  • SRM – 11 (8 – 16)
  • ABV – 4.5% (3.8 – 4.6)

Mash Schedule

Strike 6 gallon @ 156˚ – Hold 152˚ 60 minutes

Raise to 168˚ mash out – Hold 10 minutes

Sparge 2 gallons (frantically heated in 2 pots on stove)

Collected 7 gallons – pre boil gravity = 1.040 (should be 1.042)

Let boil a little before starting hop schedule.

Used strainer to pull out as much floating bits as possible. This is one big downside to the Foundry and its false bottom. A LOT of bits get through. Would surrounding the mash basket with a bag (from brew in bag) held solve this? PITA!

Hop schedule per above. First was in hop sack. Second no sack.

Total boil about 70 minutes.

DID NOT FORGET IRISH MOSS!

Chilled to 81˚.

Transferred to FastFerment. 5.6 gallons. 6 gallons with yeast starter before opening collection ball.

OG = 1.044 (should be 1.046)

Saturday August 20

Racked to keg.

FG = 1.008. (Should be 1.012) = 4.7% ABV (should be 4.5)

This beer took longer than expected to clear up. Maybe using the un-washed yeast from the Golden Ale just had too much crap in it? Still looks a bit cloudy but that should drop out while cold crashing the keg. Flavor is ok. After drinking some of the Golden Ale and now sampling this, I am not a big fan of this yeast. A little bubblegummie.

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