Ye Olde Bitter
Ye Olde Bitter
You will need:
- 1 Mangrove Jack’s Australian Brewers Series Bitter
- 1 kg Light Dried Malt
- 1 Pale Ale/Bitter Grain Pack
- 1 Goldings Hop Bag @ 10 mins
- 1 Fuggles Hop Bag @ 0 mins
1. A day before preparing recipe place 5 - 10 litres of water in closed containers in a fridge and chill*.
2. Steep the Pale Ale/Bitter Grain Pack for 30min in 1 litre of hot tap water (not boiling).
3. Strain the grain through a sieve into to a large saucepan. Rinse grains with a further 500ml of hot water and collect in saucepan as well. Discard the grains.
4. Bring the saucepan to the boil, add the Goldings Hop Bag and simmer for 10 mins.
5. Turn off the heat and add the Fuggles Hop Bag and steep for 10 mins.
6. To your fermenter, add the Australian Bitter satchel, Light Dried Malt and contents of the saucepan, and mix well.
7. Top up to 23L with cold and tap water to reach a starting temperature of 20-24°C, stirring vigorously to aerate the wort.
8. Add yeast and ferment as close as possible to 20°C**. Bottle or keg beer when gravity is consistent over two days.
* Use sanitised containers with lids. Do not freeze the water. Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
** Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter, preferably at 20°C. Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water. Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant. Use a Brewers Choice Brewing Thermostat and an old fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.