T ‘n’ T HXPA (Highly eXplosive Pale Ale) in the Braumeister – Tasting Notes

Here they are, all merry and bright and only a couple of months late…

Alright, so I lost my notes – this is purely from memory as the keg is looooong gone, as are any of the bottles…

The malt bill was perfect, just the right sort of base to empty a bucket load of interesting hops into.  The T ‘n’ T hops turned out be a lot more “vegetal” than any of the more noble, English or US varieties and faded quite fast as the brew aged…but saying that they worked reasonably well here and you really could taste and smell the red berry fruits theme.

I’d buy them again – especially if they were nice and cheap.  I reckon they’re more of a companion hop and would work with a variety that’s more floral or tropical to add a more interesting dimension.  Have an experiment…

If you fancy having a crack at a single hop beer you can’t go far wrong than use this malt bill in a Braumeister/Brewmaster:

https://yeastismybitch.com/2014/03/28/t-n-t-hxpa-highly-explosive-pale-ale-in-a-braumeister/

 

Homebrewed Thornbridge Kipling Clone (Braumeister Version)

If you read my previous post, you’ll no doubt be aware of the high esteem that I hold Thornbridge beers in.  One of my favourites is Kipling.  Check out my review (https://yeastismybitch.com/2013/11/11/thornbridge-kipling/) for the full lowdown.

As imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I thought I”d have a scout about and see if I could turn up or design a recipe for Kipling.

Fortunately Jim’s Beer Kit forum had a thread on brewing a Kipling clone (http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=38455), with input from a chap going under the handle of tfxm.

Tfxm, or Mr. Tfxm as we’ll call him from now on, had something to do with Thornbridge brewery so was well placed to unearth Kipling’s mysteries.

As I’m still getting to grips with my Braumeister I thought I’d again adopt the “suck it and see” approach, as I still haven’t configured my Beer Engine software properly (http://www.practicalbrewing.co.uk/main/calculators/beerengine/ – Thanks, Graham!)

Mr Tfxm gave the rough ratio of ingredients, so I took those and entered them in Beer Engine and came up with the following:

Kipling

I used 26L of water and my standard mashing regime of:

Dough-in at 38C

5 minutes protein rest at 53C

70 minutes Maltose rest at 66C

5 minutes Alpha Amylase rest at 73C

5 minutes Mash-out rest at 78C

Then, in a cunning masterstroke, I waited for the cheery peeps that told me that we were all done with mashing, lifted the malt pipe and let it drain while I had supper with my family – while I also put 5L of filtered water in a pan on the stove in the kitchen.

Whilst my family finished their supper, argued about whether they were having baths, etc. I sparged the grains with that 5L of water (now at 79C) and left it to drain.  Then I bathed the kids, read stories and all that other good stuff.

By the time everyone was merrily tucked up and mostly asleep, I came back downstairs and set the Braumeister to boil.

The boil was on and rolling by 8.30pm so in went the first hop charge whilst I sanitised the fermenter, cleaned the malt pipe and opened up a bottle of real Kipling.

I can’t tell you how easy brewing is with the Braumeister, and made even easier when you use pellet hops.  Clean-up was a breeze – in fact after the whirlpool and cool, clean-up, racking to fermenter and pitching of the US-05 yeast I was finished by 10:30pm and sat down with another beer.

By more luck than judgement I hit a volume of around 21.5L at 1050, which should see me with a finished ABV of about 5.2%.  Which is only a little over how Beer Engine predicted it would be.

As I type my Kipling clone is still merrily bubbling through the airlock.  It’s smelling good, really good.  I’m sorely tempted to pick up some leaf Nelson Sauvin so I can keg hop and completely blow my mind.

Keg/Dry-Hopping is not in the recipe, but I do love hops, oh yes I do.

Keep an eye out for the tasting notes…

UPDATE:  Tasting notes here: https://yeastismybitch.com/2014/01/08/homebrewed-thornbridge-kipling-clone-braumeister-version-tasting/