Simonh82
Finally got around to my first brew day in almost 4 months this week. It was great to get things rolling again, i've had this one planned for ages.

It's a hoppy golden ale with Challenger, Brewer's Gold and First Gold hops. The malt bill was very simple, just Maris Otter and dark Munich and a small bag of pale malt I picked up for free at the Muttons stand at Brew Con. Looking back though my recipes I realised this is the first beer I've made which didn't have any type of crystal/roast/specially grains.

I tried a slightly shortened mash and boil to speed things up. I still managed 83% BH efficiency despite the shorter mash so was very pleased with that. Given that I was feeling a bit out of practice the brew day went very smoothly. It's been fermenting away for a few days now. Hoping its as tasty as a similar one I made previously without the addition of challenger hops.

Brew Method: BIAB
Style Name: British Golden Ale
Boil Time: 45 min
Batch Size: 27 liters (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 28 liters
Boil Gravity: 1.048
Efficiency: 83% (brew house)


STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.012
ABV (alternate): 5.02%
IBU (tinseth): 35.29
SRM (morey): 6.52

FERMENTABLES:
3.7 kg - United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale (72.5%)
0.8 kg - German - Munich Dark (15.7%)
0.6 kg - United Kingdom - Pale 2-Row (11.8%)

HOPS:
23 g - Admiral, Type: Pellet, AA: 13.3, Use: Boil for 40 min, IBU: 25.75
20 g - Challenger, Type: Pellet, AA: 7, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 4.87
30 g - Challenger, Type: Pellet, AA: 7, Use: Whirlpool for 20 min at 98 °C, IBU: 1.56
20 g - First Gold, Type: Pellet, AA: 9, Use: Whirlpool for 20 min at 98 °C, IBU: 1.33
30 g - Brewer's Gold, Type: Pellet, AA: 8, Use: Whirlpool for 20 min at 98 °C, IBU: 1.78
50 g - First Gold, Type: Pellet, AA: 9, Use: Dry Hop for 4 days
70 g - Brewer's Gold, Type: Pellet, AA: 8, Use: Dry Hop for 4 days

MASH GUIDELINES:
1) Infusion, Temp: 65 C, Time: 40 min, Amount: 23 L followed by short 75 C mash out.
2) Dunk sparge, Temp: 85 C, Time: 10 min, Amount: 12 L

YEAST:
White Labs - Essex Ale Yeast WLP022
Fermentation Temp: 19 C

TARGET WATER PROFILE:
Profile Name:
Ca2: 150
Mg2: 15
Na: 24
Cl: 48
SO4: 220
HCO3: 0



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Steve
That look's good Simon, not used WLP022 before have you?
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Simonh82
Steve wrote:
That look's good Simon, not used WLP022 before have you?


Yes, I've had it sat on a slant since February last year. I think it's a great yeast. Apparently very similar to the Wibbler strain that I think I donated to the yeast bank. I lost that strain so thought I would start again with the commercial version.

I made my favourite beer of last year with it https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/449678/last-hope-ale.
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Steve
Simonh82 wrote:
Yes, I've had it sat on a slant since February last year. I think it's a great yeast. Apparently very similar to the Wibbler strain that I think I donated to the yeast bank. I lost that strain so thought I would start again with the commercial version. I made my favourite beer of last year with it https://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/449678/last-hope-ale.


You certainly did, we have some new yeats now, if there is anything you fancy on the list just give me a shout and il get them off to you asap.
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GHW
I have both a golden ale and a challenger hopped beer on my wish list so this is timely!
Where is challenger best used in the boil?
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Clibit
Looks really tasty that Simon, lovely hops and yeast combo and the malt bill should work great too. 
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Hops_and_Dreams
A golden ale with Challenger and First Gold. Can only be great.
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Simonh82
GHW wrote:
I have both a golden ale and a challenger hopped beer on my wish list so this is timely!
Where is challenger best used in the boil?


I think Challenger is often used as a bittering hop but it can be used late in the boil. I think it finds its way into a lot of real ales, at least that's the impression I got from Graham Wheelers book where it is frequently listed in the ingredients.

I've also heard of people using it in lagers instead of German noble hop varieties.
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Steve
Simonh82 wrote:
I think Challenger is often used as a bittering hop but it can be used late in the boil. I think it finds its way into a lot of real ales, at least that's the impression I got from Graham Wheelers book where it is frequently listed in the ingredients. I've also heard of people using it in lagers instead of German noble hop varieties.


Challenger is a great hop, it's also great in lagers 😉
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GHW
I’ve heard good things bout it in bitters, just never got round to using it.
Maybe will do the chris Colby bitter and replace the fuggles with it.
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Steve
GHW wrote:
I’ve heard good things bout it in bitters, just never got round to using it. Maybe will do the chris Colby bitter and replace the fuggles with it.


Sounds like a good plan.
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Simonh82
I kegged this beer last night.  I had to put on 3 wooly jumpers and extra thermal underwear to brave the sub-zero temperatures in my brew shed but I got it done.   I'm new to kegging but love it so much compared to bottling.  I force carbonated the beer and 45 minutes later I was drinking a very tasty sample.  I always end up leaving my brews longer in the fermenter than I intend, so I've no issue tucking into it straight away.

Anyway, it's a really fantastic beer, I'm really pleased with how it's come out.  If anyone's looking for a good hoppy English golden ale recipe I will wholeheartedly recommend this one.  
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Clibit
Simonh82 wrote:
I kegged this beer last night.  I had to put on 3 wooly jumpers and extra thermal underwear to brave the sub-zero temperatures in my brew shed but I got it done.   I'm new to kegging but love it so much compared to bottling.  I force carbonated the beer and 45 minutes later I was drinking a very tasty sample.  I always end up leaving my brews longer in the fermenter than I intend, so I've no issue tucking into it straight away.

Anyway, it's a really fantastic beer, I'm really pleased with how it's come out.  If anyone's looking for a good hoppy English golden ale recipe I will wholeheartedly recommend this one.  


I can imagine it's a really lovely beer Simon. When I saw the hops and yeast you were using, set against good English pale malt, I thought, hey, that looks really nice. Three really good late English hops. I'm beginning to contemplate a keg set up. I owe myself one, I think. 
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Hops_and_Dreams
Yes, it does look nice. I'm really into golden ales with English hops at the moment, I'm going to make sure I always have one to drink in stock. I think I have all of those hops too, in the freezer.
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