Continuing the fine tradition of Using Stuff Up, we have another British clone. Oddly we’re almost all done with the bag Maris Otter we bought in April, which means we’re about 6 months ahead of the last bag we bought. Keeps things fresh.
This one is another clone from Graham Wheeler’s Brew Your Own British Real Ale (3rd Edition). We really wanted to do something else from Pattinson’s The Homebrewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer but almost everything in it seems to require invert sugar and we didn’t have 4 free hours to make any. No fear though, we’ll do that soon.
Wheeler lists Old Thumper at 5.7% ABV, while Ringwood itself gives 5.1% ABV. Old Thumper might have previously had a higher ABV, or possibly the bottled version has a higher ABV than the cask version which is sometimes the case. No clue about that, but we’ll take the high end.
Name: Ringwood Old Thumper Batch size: 5 gallons Expected OG: 1.056 (75% efficiency) Expected FG: 1.013 Expected IBU: 39 Mash: 90m @ 151°F 9.4 lbs Munton's Maris Otter 10 oz Briess Torrefied Wheat 7 oz Munton's Crystal 60L 1 oz UK Chocolate 350L 1 oz Challenger 8.7%AA @ 90m 0.4 oz Kent Goldings 6.5%AA @ 10m 0.6 oz Kent Goldings 6.5%AA @ 0m 1 pack Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire
Our recipe has higher IBU than Wheeler specifies due to the alpha acid of the hops we had. We’re also using Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire yeast, a strain we’ve had great luck with in British ales.
Not much interesting here. We hit our pH target (5.35) using carbon filtered city water with no lactic acid required. Mash-in was a bit cool at 142°F but we fixed that in due time. The sparge yielded 8 gallons at 10° Plato (1.040) which we boiled vigorously for 105 minutes, to 5 gallons @ 15° Plato (1.060). Right on target. Chill, oxygenate, pitch, and done.
Fermentation was very active, even with Fermcap S in the fermenter. We lost a pint or so to blowoff through the airlock. Upon kegging two weeks later, it landed at 1.012 for 6.3% ABV.
And it tastes great; there’s a new-ish local fish and chips place, and what better to drink with fine cod/haddock/walleye than a fine real ale? Cheers!