I want to say thanks again for the recipe. I emailed Matt at FSW to ask for clarification on a few things as well as to ask about using more Rye for the contest I mentioned before. Here is the recipe I emailed Matt:
Wookey Walker Clone Recipe
Estimated Original Gravity: 20 Plato (?)
Estimated Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato (?)
Estimated Color: 45 SRM
Estimated Bitterness: 80 IBU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 8.3 %
Mash @ 145 for 60 min
Increase to 155 for 10 min
Boil Time: 90 min
Malt Bill - ?
81.1% Pale Malt
9.9% Rye Malt
3.0 % Special Carafa III
3.0 % Wheat (Midnight)
Hop Bill - ?
90 min - 20.0 IBU Magnum
25 min - 24.8 IBU Citra
25 min - 17.0 IBU Amarillo Gold
Flame out/whirlpool - 10 IBU Amarillo Gold
Flame out/whirlpool - 10 IBU Citra
Dry Hop #1 - 50/50 Amarillo Gold and Citra - 3 days (remove hops and yeast)
Dry Hop #2 - 50/50 Amarillo Gold and Citra - 4 days
Appropriate pitch of an English Ale yeast strain @ 17C
Free rise to 19C
for fermentation after first 24hrs
Free rise for diacetyl rest to no more than 21C
after fermentation is complete
Here was Matt's response:
For the most part the recipe looks good – a few details to change…
-We start at 18P
)and end at about 3.0P
(well below 1.015-1.018
-We use all Citra and Amarillo through out the brew with a large whirl pool addition (no magnum
). I would back out some of the middle additions to allow for a nice big 50/50 Amarillo Citra whirl pool hit.
-You could add more rye if you like, we haven't gone there so I don't really have much to advice to give. We have never done a beta G rest on this beer but it might help if you are having run off issues.
Hope this helps
The higher OG you guys are starting with could be a reason you are having a hard time getting down to the proper finishing gravities. Also, it seems FSW begins there fermentations at 62F and allows them to free rise to 66-67F after 24 hours of pitching yeast before doing a diacetyl rest in the lower 70s (69F -72F) when fermentation is complete.
I adjusted the recipe accordingly for my brew day last Thursday. OG - 1.071 and currently sitting at 1.012. I am beginning my dry hop regimen and diacetyl rest tonight when I get home.
However, if you are pleased with your results, there is no reason to change anything. I just wanted to fill you in on some of the information I got and hope that it can possibly help someone else.