While we're waiting for our HERMS to be rebuilt we have had to employ other methods of controlling the temperature of our mash.
Many will say our mash tun should have been insulated from the start and they are right. I mean aside from making temperature control simpler it also saves energy which in return saves money. Truth be told it was also something we requested when we purchased our equipment but were convinced it was not required. Either way its required now and we have bush mechanic'd it...
We have many plans to make our insulation more aesthetically pleasing and robust, but for the point of this exercise it'll do.
I'm sure many readers of our page are aware just how important temperature regulation is for the mashing stage and what an effect variation can have on your brew time and end product. What really threw us a curve ball was the variance between our probes readings (from the thermo well) and the actual reading from various stages in the brew. In some cases it has been up to 5% variance. A trap for you players...
I guess the long and short of it is everyday our efficiency is going up and our brew times are going down and that can only be a good thing!
Indian Pale Ales (IPA) are heavy on the hop side. The red IPA hails from the United States and, therefore, they are even hoppier than their father, the English IPA. As a rule of thumb, the IPA has a higher alcohol content than its pale ale lineage, however, for the red IPA, we can also factor in the fact that red ales are also generally brewed stronger than their pale ale counterparts. This makes for a strong beer in a red IPA.
Hefeweizen is a straw coloured, usually hazy beer which is very attractive when served in the traditional Bavarian hefeweizen glass in the summer sunshine. Hefeweizens are made with at least 50% wheat in the mash and are not found to be brimming with hops, the flavours mainly come from the yeast instead. You see “Weizen” means wheat (you might remember that from our Dunkelweizen article) and “hefe” means yeast. These, as said, are the main two flavour components of a hefeweizen and the yeast used adds distinct clove and banana notes. Making these beers the perfect, easy drinking beverage in the sunshine.