I know there are some serial brewers on here so I’ll ask this. I don’t suppose anyone has a copy of the Graham Wheeler book Brew Your Own British Real Ale (Camra) ? Specifically i am trying to find a copy of the Deuchars IPA clone recipe as a mate is having a wedding and this is his fave ale so i thought i would run him one up – looking only for that recipe sort of 25ltr size i think is what it is in the book. I can’t get the book before I need to get a bulk grain order but have guessed it will be GP or Maris based. Cheers in advance if someone can quickly give me a copy.Posted 5 years ago
having said that, I haven’t had a successful lager yet, from 2 attempts from grain. had to pour 4 & a bit gallons of Stella vinegar down the drain this evening 🙁
Kit lagers always taste of kit beer.
but my ales, pale or dark, have all turned out fine. Old Speckled Hen, Old Peculier, Hobgoblin, a couple of cascade-based blondes, Theakston’s Best Bitter and a Citra blonde have all turned out fine. but can I do a lager? can I buggery!Posted 5 years agoHazeMember
Deuchars will have their own specific strain so doubt you’d be able to recreate it.
I’d probably go for White Labs WLP 002 for no other reason than it’s always worked well for me, possibly 007 if he might like it a little drier.
I’m sure it’ll be fine whatever you go for…Posted 5 years ago
John – lager according to my brewer friend is a b1tch to do properly due to the very low temps which unless you have a decent kegerator or similar can be hard to hold. He also said that it oftens smells off or bad but actually isn’t and needs a good diacetyl rest and then bottling at a very low temp (2-4 degrees). However saying all that i haven’t done one yet. I do however have a rather snazzy Kegerator inc 2 x 19ltr Corny kegs and a C02 system with double taps on the door – total cost – $200 !Posted 5 years ago
Yeah, I know. I don’t have means to keep temperature low so I don’t think I”ll be trying lager again
I’m going to try a San Miguel inspired “blonde ale” – Maris otter instead of lager malt, US05 instead of lager yeast, but otherwise the same grain and hop bill as for a Genuine San Miguel lager clone. Should be an interesting experiment.
BTW are you familiar with http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.UK ?Posted 5 years ago
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