April 23, 2010

Brewer's log: Floor Malt Experiment #2

MD had his fun, now's my time.

I got my hands on several pounds of Warminster floor-malted Maris Otter. Last Saturday found me without the fiancee for the afternoon. So I rolled out of bed, made up the sanitizer, gathered the ingredients & lit up the hot liquor on the stove...

Oh, breakfast did fit in somewhere before I began the sixer.

The recipe was adapted from Palmer & Jamil's best bitter, as documented in the essential Brewing Classic Styles:
  • 7.5# Maris Otter 
  • 6 oz. Caramel 20 
  • 6 oz. Caramel 120 
  • 6 oz. Special Roast (a great way to impart toasty goodness with scant extra sweetness)

Stirring the mash down to 149°F in my 70 qt. Igloo cooler.

Sitting material for midbrew convalescence. I needed Colbert to purge the British influence from my red American blood.

One ounce of Kent Goldings pellets goes into the boil. The count was seven gallons of wort, pre-boil; 9° brix SG.

Dividing the last ounce of pellets for the final two hop additions. Half ounce at 20 minutes, the other half at flameout.

OG after chilling came to 12° Brix. Wort color was an understated red. I pitched a smack pack of Y1968, London ESB, my favorite for fast fermentations. The wort boiled a nutty character throughout, with hops smelling racy spicy! In a week I'll likely be bottling half the batch, having recently found my lost red baron capper. As part of the terms of experimentation, I'll have to bring samples to the warehouse.

Update: It's what, three weeks since brewing? I was in a bind to find time for bottling, so the bitter be kegged. Tastes a bit sweeter than my expectations, but the Kent Goldings flavor is nice.


  1. Can you boil 7 gallons on your stove? hmmm....I need a turkey fryer!

  2. I sure can! Though, it takes over an hour to get to boiling temp. I also only get a single burner, due to the height of the Polarware kettle vs. the low height at which my cabinet was mounted.

    I'd be better off with the 15 gallon model, I could probably boil eleven-twelve in the same time on two burners...

    That's a one year old gas stove, BTW.