Sunday, 18 December 2016

Werthers Original

Out of the fermenter this Citra didn't taste great, however tonight had too bottles.

One seems to have diacetyl, the other whilst not what I wanted was out of a brew with Citra was at least drinkable.

I think it makes sense to make sure these bottles are in the garage over Christmas holidays whilst I'm away - just in case the worst happens and there is a bottle bomb around.

I'm hoping it's just a badly sterilised bottl and the diacetyl isn't systemic in the brewing process.

Reflecting on the chornical  fermenter, I think I'm going to move back to Safale-S04 and avoid US-05 as I'm not entirely happy with US-05 failing to drop. Perhaps (I'm bloody well hoping) after getting some consistency back with S-04  I'll reconsider to US-05.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Citra 2016

Having 200g of Citra, 90g went into the Hop Burst Session Ale which left 110g to go into this Citra.

50g went to dry-hop, 60g starting from the last 15 minutes through to whirlpool.

It's the first time that I've re-used Safale US-05, I much prefer S-04 as that does at least drop during fermentation. The conical fermenter is less useful if the yeast never drops. Tasting it from the fermenter there is a good dose of hop aroma, but there may be a bit of an off flavour.