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HomeBrewing: Knutty Knappy Redhead

Homebrewing is an art form that I was fortunate enough to pick up a few years ago after my parents were kind enough to give me a brewing kit for Chistmas the year after I turned 21. The brewing process is a relatively simple one that involves boiling water and adding malt, grains (sometimes), hops and any adjuncts one my desire.

It’s been some time since I last attempted to brew beer, but like many other tasks one learns throughout life, it is much like riding a bike.

as you can see the dark foamy wort will eventually produce a great dark red beer

This evening I brewed a beer that was completely contrived by me. I had been planning on brewing for quite some time so I had some ingredients and malts for a couple different beers. Instead of deciding on a pilsner or simple amber ale I decided I’d mix the two malt types together, toss in a couple of my favorite adjuncts (cocoa and molasses) and see what developed.

Below you can follow the steps I took when putting this eventual masterpiece (if I do say so myself) together.

  • Bring 1.5 gallons water to rolling boil

    ingredients used to create my knutty knappy redhead

  • add 1.5 kg hopped amber malt (Munton’s)
  • add 1.8 kg hopped pilsner malt (Munton’s)
  • add 12 FL oz. robust molasses (Grandma’s)
  • add 1 tsp. pure almond extract
  • add 4 Tbsp. natural unsweetened cocoa (Hershey’s)
  • Boil 10 minutes
  • add 2 oz Fuggle Pellet Hops (Alpha Acid 4.2%)
  • Boil 35 minutes
  • add .5 oz. Kent Goldings Pellet Hops (Alpha Acid 4.5%)
  • Boil 15 minutes
  • pour hot wort into 3.5 gallons cold water
  • Measure Original Gravity (1.062)
  • place lid on fermenting capsule, set fermentation lock
  • wait ( my guess is 5 days) for fermentation to complete

I will check back in as I keg the brew.