Brewkery News July 2019 V3

Latest from the Brewkery, Bottling day today, the Red Rye Ale brewed last week bottled. 100 Litres in 330ml bottles. Good colour, taste bitterness and rye aromas and flavour but will need to let it condition, final gravity 1031 thus ABV of 4.1%. Summer programme worked out too, to brew next week and to redo our first brew of Best Bitter this time with less bittering hops and to use the Hop Rocket for more aroma. Also today rearranged some of our pipe work so now able to sparge without pipes getting in the way and also quick fit connectors on the Hop Rocket.

HOP ROCKET As I have mentioned in previous post we are now using a Hop Rocket at the Brewkery, well I am sure some of you are wondering what is a Hop Rocket. I feel it is appropriate at this time of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings to say a bit more about the Hop Rocket. The Hop Rocket is made by Blichmann and is used as a means of getting more hop aroma into the beer. This is what they say about it. "The HopRocket™ is an incredibly innovative, feature packed hop infusing tool! Not only can it be used as a hopback, it doubles as an in-line hop infuser (Randalizer) for your beer dispensing system and TRIPLES as an in-line filter*! Definitely cool, and clearly Blichmann - let the HopRocket™ put your hop aroma into orbit!!" Here are a couple of pictures, as you can see called a Rocket because of the shape and from the cut away image the rocket is filled with hops. We are using in the region of 80 to 100 grams and the hot wort straight from the Copper and the wort is pumped through entering in at the top and exiting through the bottom pipe where it is then cooled through the plate chiller and then into the fermenter. So far we have only used it with the Golden ale and initial tasting are that it has worked well, we will see in the next few weeks as it conditions.

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