Recipe added: 06/22/01
It's good - very good, the dandelion enhances the hops in a
way I hadn't forseen, although it has a strong dandelion
aroma the flowers don't come through too strongly and
contribute to wonderfuly well rounded ale. It's a great shame they've mown the meadow or I'd be out there picking more flowers at the moment,
Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: approx 1 imp gall
Starting Gravity: 1050
Finishing Gravity: 1009
Time in Boil: 90 min
Primary Fermentation: 6 days
Secondary Fermentation: 3 weeks
- 500g spray malt medium
- 1 1/2 pint packed down dandelion flowers with the green
- 15g golding 90min ( well, a handful anyway )
- small handful golding 5min
- carrageen 1tsp
- Gervin ale yeast culture.
Jun-15 5:08 am
(1 of 2)
Here's what I'm drinking at the moment - all are open
Extract brew - my first brew in about five years, based on all
they had at the brew shop, no carrageen available.
2kg Spraymalt light
1kg Spraymalt medium
300g crystal in with the boil
1tsp sea salt
fuggles 70g 90min
fuggle 25g 15 min
fuggle 5g hop sack into the brewing bin
Pitched with overnight culture of Edme ale yeast
4 1/2 imp gallon Og 1045
Fermented well, reached 1012 in 5 days
casked on 6th day
No priming, 3 weeks in the cask before drinking
Incredibly bitter but pleasant, it refuses to clear but tastes
fine, hard to dispense as the head is a bit big. Probably not
one I'd repeat.
Brew 2 - my first attempt at full mash
3.5kg Crushed Youngs Light malt.
1kg spraymalt medium - as the pack was opened for yeast
70g Golding 90min
200g Chocolate malt 30min
50g roast barley 30min
20g golding 30min
10g fuggle 5min
2tsp sea salt
4 1/2 imp gall OG 1055
Mashed at a poorly controlled 62-70C for 1 1/2h
Added spray malt 30min into boil
Gervin Ale yeast overnight culture used
Required serious rousing every day to keep the yeast top
working - gave it good aeration every evening using a ladle.
Kegged after 8 days SG 1014. Dry hopped with a handful of
Cleared in 5 days, gave it a further 2 weeks before trying.
Typical strong bitter, chocolatey after taste, heavy on the hops
upfront, One I'm going to do again but I'll up the chocolate
malt to 500g next time.
A test batch of Dandelion Ale
500g spray malt medium
1 1/2 pint packed down dandelion flowers with the green
15g golding 90min ( well, a handful anyway )
small handful golding 5min
OG 1050 - just under 1 imp gallon.
Covered the flowers with boiling water and left to sit
overnight. Set up the boil in 4 pints water, Added the flower liquid at the end
of the boil, pressed out
all the liquid and brought the wort briefly back to the boil. Made up volume
with cold water to Og
1050 Fermented well with a good head, decanted after six days ( rather than
siphoning ), it had
cleared well already. primed with 1tbps castor sugar and bottled into ceramic
flip tops. Left it for
three weeks in the bottle.
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