I've been lurking for a while and thought Iíd better join and say a big hello.. Thanks for all the great info here it's really inspired me to get into making my own beer.
A little about myself:
About 4 years ago i was on holiday camping down the west coast of the US and sampled so many tasty beers from craft breweries along the way that when i returned home to the UK the usual offering of Stella/Foster/Carling etc just didn't cut it.
Now donít get me wrong we have some great beers on offer in the pubs but with two kids and a third on the way going to the pub is a rare thing these days.
I've found a few beers since i stopped drinking the mass produced crap that i cant get enough of ie Hook Norton Flagship (a real hoppy IPA 5.5 ABV) but at £2.30 a bottle at my local shop it's a bit pricy.
So i thought why not try and make my own beer?
Last year i made my first beer i jump straight in a went for all grain straight away... but with very limited equipment.
The result was a real hoppy red coloured ale IBU roughly 84 and an ABV of only 3.2%
But it was very drinkable if a little light on body.
Now after leaving all my equipment in the loft for a year Iíve decided to start again... Iím giving up drinking while my wife is pregnant and canít stop thinking about beer so i thought better brew a batch so i can enjoy some when the time comes.
I plan on starting my next beer very soon Iím just waiting for some hops to come from Lithuania.
So Iím not really following a recipe per say but this what i plan for my next batch.. any thoughts or pointers would be great.
Beer # 2 (Eggys English Wheat)
Batch Size: 13litres / 3.44US gal (this is how much i have bottles for)
Estimated OG: 1.060 (this is what Iím aiming for??)
Estimated IBU: 16.4
Boil Time: 60mins
Primary Fermentation: 14days (if all goes well)
2kg / 4.41lbs - Maris Otter Pale Malt
1kg / 2.2lbs - Wheat Malt
150g / 0.33lbs - Crystal Malt
Tattenanger 10.2g/0.36oz - 60mins
Tattenanger 10.2g/0.36oz - 15Mins
Tattenanger 10.2g/0.36oz - 5mins
340g / 12.14oz - Clear honey
Zest of 3 lemons (Maybe i'm not sure about this so please comment)
So thatís it really.. after this batch i plan on investing in a Cool box to make a proper mash tun rather than the pans Iím using at the moment.. and drinking a lot more Grolch to increase the number of swing top bottles so I can brew bigger batches.
Thanks for reading bit of a big first post.