|Name:||Banshee's All-Night Bitter||Contributor:||Leigh Ann Hussey|
|Description:||The first beer the Evil Californian ever made||Posted:||1995-03-15|
|Key words:||beer, bitter||Category:||Beverages|
|Ingredients:||6.5 lb Amber malt extract
1.5-2 oz bittering hops
1 lb Crystal malt
1/2 oz aromatic hops
3/4 c corn sugar for priming
water to 5 gal
|Preparation:||Place cracked Crystal malt in a saucepan, add water to cover and heat
to 150, then let stand 45 min.
Put a colander or sieve over the boiling kettle, pour the grain into the colander and let the water drain into the pot. Rinse through the grain with hot water (at least 130 but no hotter than 170) until the runoff is clear. Throw the grain away (or eat it for breakfast...)
Dissolve the malt extract in the water thus collected; heat to a rolling boil, stir in half the bittering hops and boil 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the bittering hops, boil 30 minutes more, add the aromatic hops during the last two minutes.
Cool as quickly as possible; add cold water to bring the total volume to 5 gallons, and set the pot in a sink of cold water.
When the wort reaches 70-85, add yeast (which was first dissolved in a small amount of water).
Siphon the mixture into a big container for primary fermentation, as the first two days vigorous activity produces a lot of foam (cover in plastic wrap tied on with string...).
When the foaming has subsided, siphon into a glass carboy, add fermentation lock, and ferment about a week, until fermenting has stilled, and let sit a further couple of days for the sediment to settle a little.
Prime the bottles with 1 tsp sugar for 12 oz bottles or 2 tsp for champagne bottles, and siphon the beer off the sediment into the bottles (about a quart will be left), and cap. It will carbonate in about 2 weeks, but will improve if left for 3 months.
I have absolutely no memory at all of what hops I used. I seem to recall
Fuggles, but I could be way off...