SSA (Simple Summer Ale)
The yeast for this brew is going to be my favourite APA/AIPA yeast: Vermont by The Yeast Bay.
I just love the soft, peachy and pillowy mouthfeel that it gives to a beer. I'll be using it a few times so the starter gets overbuilt by 500ml.
When the starter has finished fermenting I decant off 500ml into a jar to keep in the fridge.
Today was forecast to be nice and sunny so I was up early and brewing at 6:00am so I'd be all wrapped up by midday and ready to relax in the warm afternoon. I'm calling today's brew, SSA or Simple Summer Ale inspired by Hopback Summer Lightning.
Date: 12 July 2020 Recipe: SSA (Simple Summer Ale) Batch Size (fermenter): 24.00 L Estimated OG: 1.045 SG Estimated IBU: 31.2 IBUs Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 75.6 % Boil Time: 60 Minutes water profile: Ca:28, Mg:3, Na:9, SO4:10, Cl:44 Ingredients: ------------ Amt Name Type # %/IBU 29.64 L Tesco Ashbeck Water 1 - 3.40 ml Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 2 - 1.20 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 3 - 4.61 kg Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner (4.0 EBC) Grain 4 100.0 % 0.30 g Calcium Chloride (Sparge) Water Agent 5 - 0.20 ml Lactic Acid (Sparge) Water Agent 6 - 18.00 g Hallertau Magnum [11.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 22.7 IBUs 23.00 g Celeia [2.54 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 3.0 IBUs 32.00 g Celeia [2.54 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 3.1 IBUs 45.00 g Celeia [2.54 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.4 IBUs 1.0 pkg Vermont Ale (Yeast Bay #-) Yeast 11 - Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 4.61 kg ---------------------------- Name Description Step Temperat Step Time Mash In Add 24.64 L of water at 69.3 C 66.0 C 60 min Sparge: Dunk sparge with 5 L of water at 75 C
The Celeia hops for today's brew were bought on a whim whilst I was buying yeast from the Malt Miller. At less than 4 quid for a 100g of Styrian Goldings I though why not? They'd make a great summer brew.
I fell short of the predicted pre-boil gravity by a couple of points which seems to be a recurring theme with the Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner Malt so I added 140g of Dextrose during the boil to compensate and that seemed to do the trick.
I transferred 23.5 litres to the fermenter after chilling down to 26C with the immersion chiller.
OG after compensating for the pre-boil shortfall was 1.045, exactly as planned. The wort went in the brew-fridge at 26C and had chilled to 19C by this evening so I pitched the 1 litre starter of WLP4000 Vermont Ale yeast. The keg that will hold this beer is rigged up to the fermenter outlet so it'll be purged with CO2 during fermentation.
The keg itself was pre-purged with the CO2 generated during fermentation and I just cracked the lid and piped it in from the fermenter in the hope that the slowly rising beer will create a positive pressure of CO2 leaving the keg that'll keep the air at bay.
FG was 1.007, exactly as Beersmith predicted giving a final ABV of 5.0%. The keg was fined with Kwik-Clear and the small head space purged with 5x15psi bursts. It's now on at about 12psi to condition and carbonate for a couple of weeks.
The sample in the jar tasted ace. Really light and very floral from the 100g of late Styrian Goldings in the recipe. I'm looking forward to this one.
The taste is a very refined malty sweetness from the Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt with a herbal, floral and distinctly lemon taste from the big dose of Celeia that I put into this. The flavour is reminscent of the pilsners that I've had and really enjoyed in the western Austrian alps and as such I'll be doing a Celeia lager later this year or early next (editors note: he didn't ).