Brewed 8 Oct 2018 | Kegged 18 Oct 2018 | Yield 18 L / 4.3% (9.7°P → 1.5°P)
This started off as an attempt to brew a slightly lighter, slightly hoppier batch of Sheepgoat. Directly after filling the malt into the Brewmaster’s malt pipe, I realized I’d forgotten to place the bottom filter, meaning the malt had fallen down into the pump, turning the Brewmaster basically into a manual pot.
So I drained the wort and grains into every other pot I had in the kitchen (the total capacity of which, it turns out, is barely more than 25L), disassembled and cleaned the pump, replaced the malt pipe and malt filter, and started over. The effect was a Sheepgoat with an extra 70 minute rest from 57°C& down to 43°C.
- 3900g Pale Ale malt (7 EBC)
- 520g Light Wheat malt (4 EBC)
- 100g Carabelge (30 EBC)
- 100g Carapils (5 EBC)
- 100g Acid Malt (5 EBC)
I mashed in 23L water at 57°C, and ran a simple three-rest mash program:
- 10 min @ 57°C (+ 60min → 42°C)
- 60 min @ 63°C
- 15 min @ 67°C
I then sparged with 8L water at 78°C. This sparge was super fast, taking only 9 minutes.
I boiled 25L of wort for five minutes before adding the first hops, then added hops as follows:
- Bittering: 60 min 30g 13.3% Pacific Jade - Flavor: 30 min 15g 13.2% Citra - Flavor: 30 min 10g 11.9% Chinook - Aroma: 2 min 20g 13.2% Citra - Aroma: 2 min 15g 11.9% Chinook - Aroma: 2 min 10g 13.3% Pacific Jade
Pitching and Fermentation
Cooling to 23.5°C with an immersion cooler took 28 minutes. Initial gravity was 9.7°P. I pitched Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale; fermentation took a while to get started, bubbling nicely after 48 hours, and completed within 7 days. after about 12 hours, and lasted six days. Final gravity was 1.5°P, for 4.3% ABV.
I dumped 18L into an 18L keg and dumped about 2L. I didn’t bother priming, since I wasn’t sure this one was worth keeping, pressurizing to 2.2 atm and repressurizing over the following week until the pressure was stable.
How is it, then?
I forgot about this one in the cellar until the summer of 2018, when I chilled the keg for a garden party. It’s basically an unintentionally-slightly-lighter Sheepgoat, earning a better tagline than the one I wrote on the keg: “Geepshoat Lite: Less Filling, Tastes Okay”