Reverse Starboard-er

Submitted by Al on Sat, 15/02/2014 - 22:03

18/01/14. 2nd brew of the day. My 27nd homebrew, Reverse Starboard-er "Reverse Starboard" = Port with a -er

Cold water added and heated to 75°C

Mash 1hr 67°C throughout

4kg Pale Malt

250g Dark Malt

250g Chocolate Malt

250g Roasted Barley

150g Flaked Barley

Run off through bottom tap in mash tun into fermentation bin and then sparged with 6l of hot water to give 20l which was returned to the mash tun

Boil 1hr total

55g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (2.7%) added at the start

55g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (2.7%) added 30 minutes in

35g Hallertauer Hersbrucker (2.7%) and half a Whirlfloc tablet added with 10 minutes to go

Boiling water added during the boil to keep the volume at 5 gallons (22.7l)

Filtered to fermentation bin

Wort cooler utilised to crash temperature to 30°C. Syphoning only.

OG 1057 @ 30°C. White Labs English yeast WLP051 added 

FG 1016 @ 19°C

5.7% 33 IBU

03/02/14 Bottled

On tasting after 2 week the beer it is surprisingly bitter with only 33 IBU.

Beer again tastes far more bitter than the ingredients would have you believe. Has matured well with the flavours melding together.

5 months on and I'm drinking the last bottle. This was a good brew. Must brew another dark beer without the OTT hops addition. Good rounded taste in this one. At the moment I only have high alpha acid hops in stock... a trip to the homebrew shop is due however as I'm low on pale malts......

Just got round to drinking this tonight, six months after it was brewed. Aroma & initial taste of Dairy Milk chocolate, but much drier & quite a bit of bitterness from the dark malts. Not bad at all for sipping. Nice one.