Snout In The Sunlight

This recipe is for a 25 litre batch. Probably an overly cautious approach but I always prepare 50 litres of water when brewing a 25 litre batch, just in case of mishaps. As we’re just starting out on all grain brewing, don’t worry about hitting the exact OG and FG figures I mention below – it’s really not important if you undershoot or overshoot. Instead, just enjoy the process.

Snout In The Sunlight is a strong golden ale that has a clean citrus flavour and a full body that really comes into its own when it's been in the bottle conditioning at room temperature for a month. I’ve kegged and bottled this beer and on balance I probably prefer the bottled version.

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Ingredients

5000gms low colour Maris Otter

Yeast

1 sachet of Safale S-04 yeast

Hop Schedule

Start of boil:  19gms Fuggles @ 4.8 AA and 37gms Challenger @ 6.9 AA

15 minutes from end of boil: 13gms Goldings @ 4.5 AA and 10gms Saaz @ 3.6 AA

Water Treatment

Add one crushed Campden tablet per 25 litres and stir well. Then, as recommended by laboratory analysis – 9ml of Carbonate Reducing Solution (CRS) per 25 litres of water to be used and stir well. 22gms of Dry Liquor Salts (DLS) to be mixed in with the mash.

Mash and Sparge

Mash in 14 litres of water at 67°C. Add 22gms of DLS at the start of the mash. 90 minute mash. Once all the wort has been collected, pass it through the grain bed again. I sparge this one at 62°C. Sparge temperature is not crucial as long as it doesn’t exceed 77°C.

Boil

60 minutes. Add Protafloc 15 minutes from the end of boil.

Fermentation and Gravity Readings

In case you like to use a hydrometer the OG reading I had was 1.048 and the FG 1.010, giving an ABV of 5%. If you don’t want to be bothered with a hydrometer you can rest assured primary fermentation will be complete in one week, after which you should siphon off to secondary fermentation and let it condition for two weeks before kegging or bottling, as you prefer.  

Tasting Notes

I suggest drinking this at room temperature to maximise the flavour, but you could drink it chilled if you prefer. Absolutely lovely! Even a confirmed lager drinker who turns his nose up at real ale really loves this one and after downing a few asked when the next batch will be ready. A perfect accompaniment when lazing around in the garden on peaceful warm Summer evenings. 

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