Project Solaris


It’s competition time again! The Leeds Homebrew Club, in conjunctioin with the Leeds International Beer Festival have laid down the gauntlet! This time however, its a Pride thing! A Yorkshire Pride thing!

Homebrewers of Leeds!……of Yorkshire….and Yorkshire folk displaced but still proud to hail from Yorkshire!  A gauntlet has been thrown in our general direction from the homebrewers of Lancashire.

The idea, to brew a beer style of your choosing, it must be under or equal to 6% abv and must incorporate at least one hop variety from each of the following; Britain, the US and from the New World (Aus/NZ).

Full details can be found here

It’s nearly 1st round judging time (26th June), location – Friends of Ham of Leeds fame. These guys have been very good to the Leeds Home Brew Club and are well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

So on to my entry. As it’s so close to Judging time I’ll post the recipe.

Recipe Overview
Target Wort Volume Before Boil: 30.00 l Actual Wort Volume Before Boil: 30.00 l
Target Wort Volume After Boil: 24.00 l Actual Wort Volume After Boil: 22.00 l
Target Volume Transferred: 23.00 l Actual Volume Transferred: 21.50 l
Target Volume At Pitching: 23.00 l Actual Volume At Pitching: 21.50 l
Target Volume Of Finished Beer: 22.50 l Actual Volume Of Finished Beer: 21.00 l
Target Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.036 SG Actual Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.041 SG
Target OG: 1.045 SG Actual OG: 1.050 SG
Target FG: 1.011 SG Actual FG: 1.009 SG
Target Apparent Attenuation:: 74.9 % Actual Apparent Attenuation: 80.6 %
Target ABV: 4.5 % Actual ABV: 5.4 %
Target ABW: 3.5 % Actual ABW: 4.2 %
Target IBU (using Rager): 38.9 IBU Actual IBU: 42.5 IBU
Target Color (using Morey): 6.0 SRM Actual Color: 6.0 SRM
Target Mash Efficiency: 80.0 % Actual Mash Efficiency: 91.3 %
Target Fermentation Temp: 18 degC Actual Fermentation Temp: 18 degC


Ingredient Amount % MCU When
Belgian Pale Malt 3.500 kg 79.6 % 4.5 In Mash/Steeped
German Munich Malt 0.400 kg 9.1 % 0.8 In Mash/Steeped
Belgian Caramel Vienna Malt 0.200 kg 4.5 % 1.5 In Mash/Steeped
German Caramel Pils 0.200 kg 4.5 % 0.1 In Mash/Steeped
Belgian Biscuit Malt 0.100 kg 2.3 % 0.8 In Mash/Steeped
Variety Alpha Amount IBU Form When
UK Cascade 7.5 % 10 g 9.5 Loose Whole Hops First Wort Hopped
US Summit 18.0 % 15 g 7.4 Loose Whole Hops 10 Min From End
Australian Galaxy 13.8 % 15 g 5.7 Loose Whole Hops 10 Min From End
UK Cascade 7.5 % 15 g 3.1 Loose Whole Hops 10 Min From End
NZ Nelson Sauvin 12.5 % 15 g 4.0 Loose Whole Hops 1 Min From End
Australian Galaxy 13.8 % 15 g 4.4 Loose Whole Hops 1 Min From End
US Summit 18.0 % 15 g 5.8 Loose Whole Hops 1 Min From End
Other Ingredients
Ingredient Amount When
Protafloc 4 g In Boil

NBS West Coast Style Ale Yeast

This was all followed by 2g/L of a 3 way blend of UK Cascade, NZ Nelson Sauvin and AUS Galaxy. mmmmmm

So hopefully this will end up being a balanced hoppy pale ale, just on the top side of sessionable. I felt that with the amount of hop aroma and flavour I wanted to pack into this beer it had to have a gravity that could stand up to it, without it going beyond the threshold of the rules.

The keen eyed among you will notice that I shot above my desired OG but this was not due to the calculated mash efficiency of 91.3%. I don’t think the efficiency is that high, I think that is a calculation/formula error as the batch volumes were a little askew due to me playing around with dead space and boil off calculations. Basically operator error on my part! 🙂 Any way I decided not to liquor back.

This beer is in a corni at the moment and tasting good, even if I do say so myself (although I only sampled it going into the keg). I’ll add some tasting notes once I’ve had a carbonated sample.

Anyway! Good luck to all that compete! May Yorkshire be forever victorious!

LB   out


3 thoughts on “Project Solaris

    • Cheers fella! It tasted pretty good going in the keg! Maybe a bit more nelson, but that’s for my tastes! Not the judges! May add a tea ball of nelson after I’ve bottled off my entries!

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