Codename: Chinatu Take 2 APA / NZPA

IMG_0010Another brew day done and another batch in the fermenting chamber.

If you watched my Home Brew Wednesday this week, you will see I wasn’t happy with my Chinatu recipe. Whilst it was a lovely beer, it didn’t have the level of flavour and aroma that I was hoping for, so this week we brewed the take 2 batch with some changes to account for the grains I had in stock and also to add 50% more late hops and this time I’ll be dry hopping for a week after the first week of fermentation is done.  I’m looking forward to seeing how much of a difference that makes.

I am starting to get much better at making notes during the brew day, thanks to one of Tiny from Off Tap brewings tips about taking notes.

I noticed that the mash temp had dropped a bit after it had settled down so I had to add another litre of boiling water to get back up to my mash temp.
Also saw that I was just about bang on the pre-boil gravity at 1.044 when the recipe estimate was for 1.043. I was quite surprised to see that my post boil gravity was a bit low at 1.043, but that may be due to my refractometer and really I should have got the hydrometer out before I pitched, but I’m guessing that I did hit the estimated 1.048 as I know my refractometer does some funny things with cool wort.

Anyway, here is the Chinatu II recipe and I’ll update this post with notes and a taste test when the beer is ready.


BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Chinatu II
Brewer: Sarah
Asst Brewer: 
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0) Yeast pitched at 25 C

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 27.88 l
Post Boil Volume: 25.83 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 22.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 20.49 l
Estimated OG: 1.048 SG
Estimated Color: 10.4 EBC
Estimated IBU: 40.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 81.3 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
4250.00 g             Pale Malt, Maris Otter (4.5 EBC)         Grain         1        91.4 %        
250.00 g              Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 EBC)    Grain         2        5.4 %         
75.00 g               Cara-Pils/Dextrine (3.9 EBC)             Grain         3        1.6 %         
75.00 g               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 100L (100.0 EBC)  Grain         4        1.6 %         
24.00 g               Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           5        34.0 IBUs     
1.00 Items            Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)        Fining        6        -             
15.00 g               Kohatu [6.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min          Hop           7        4.0 IBUs      
15.00 g               Kohatu [6.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min           Hop           8        2.2 IBUs      
1.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         9        -             
10.00 g               Kohatu [6.80 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days       Hop           10       0.0 IBUs      

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 4650.00 g
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 12.13 l of water at 73.8 C          65.6 C        75 min        

Sparge: Fly sparge with 21.35 l water at 75.6 C
Was short on 40ebc crystal so adjusted recipe
Added 75g cara-pils - adjusted recipe

After 25 mins of mash, rechecked temp and was down to 63 so added 1l boiling water and got temp back to target 65

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