My third beer - using dried hopped malts
My third homebrew, Homebrew 003 is intended to be an amber ale, and uses up some of the spare hops I have to hand following Brew 002. I'd bought some bags of prehopped light DME so I used up three of those and for a bit of extra flavour and colour added a bag of medium malt which is a bit darker and will add a more robust flavour to the beer. The only thing I noticed is that it doesn't say the type of hops used - I've googled it and can't find an answer, so I'll assume Golding (the 'standard' beer hop).
Again, looking to brew 20 pints or so (around 12.5 litres), I used the following:
3 bags of Muntons Light Pre-hopped DME and one bag of Muntons Medium DME (unhopped).
Hopping this is an interesting one - since the majority of the malt is already hopped and I'm going to be boiling it for an hour (the bittering hops), I only need to add flavouring hops and aroma hops, so therefore at 30 mins into the boil and with 5 mins to go.
30 mins in, I added the Styrian Goldings, around 30g of them - having learned from last time, I used a hop bag. It's a bit like a cloth teabag, and it cost 25p in my local homebrew shop - you use them once only. To use them, get your hops, crumble them, put them in the bag and tie a knot in it. I did this for the Styrian hops and added them in on 30 mins. It really does make life easier if you don't have a huge pan and a mash tun...
Speaking of big pan, although I didn't have any boilovers this time, I did have to tip out some of the wort from time to time to avoid it boiling over. It's not something I want to do, but I have a remedy - I've ordered a 17 litre stockpot (large pan!) from eBay, so that should help a lot for Brew 004.
Images (click to enlarge)
Line 1: Preparation, the hop bag, a filled hop bag