Homebrew: 'Ey You Golden Ale

Submitted by DM on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 13:14

I decided to brew a golden beer using cara malt & Belgian Ale yeast.

Mash: 1 hour 15 mins.   Started at 72ºC and fell to 67ºC.   This should give me a slightly fuller bodied beer than normal, as would suit the style.

4 Kg pale malt

1 Kg Cara malt

1 teaspoon MgSO4

1 teaspoon CaSO4

1/2 teaspoon NaCl

Boil: 1 hour 15 mins.  

100g Savinjski Golding pellets added 25 mins before end

50g Savinjski Golding pellets added 10 mins before end

25g jasmine flowers added 10 mins before end

10g Irish Moss added 10 mins before end

Wort chilled using my home made wort chiller to 21ºC.   19 litres of wort were splashed into an FV through a colander onto a sachet of Mangrove Jack's M41 Belgian Ale yeast.   The wort had an OG of 1.060 & a bottling gravity of 1.014, which should give me an alcohol level of around 6.0% ABV.

Bottled after 8 days primary fermentation & primed with 5ml golden syrup per litre.

Mostly clear now and a golden-amber colour. Fruity esters dominate with a little Jasmine taste. Another week and this will have dried and gassed up a little, making it super.

This beer keeps on gassing up - I've released the pressure several times, but it keeps gassing up again.   Hopefully this is the last time & I've stored the beer in the garage at around 4ºC where it's settled out crystal clear - but I've been here before!   A great tasting beer, but due to the huge carbonation it lifts the yeast of the bottom of the bottles giving it a yeast bite that I'm not happy with.

Hopefully I've degassed it for the last time, it's cleared & it'll finally be ready for drinking very soon.

I've degassed it enough to not gush when I open it as long as it's heavily chilled.   It's crystal clear again, but has a yeast bite that detracts from the fruity ester beer.   Decent enough, but it's no Duvel.