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Time Machine

Posted 2011/08/12

Homebrew - Fuller's London Pride Clone

After getting back from England I had a serious hankering for some English beer. I found out that Austin Homebrew Supply has a massive database of clone recipes you can buy. Hilariously all of the 12 ounce bottles we use are imported London Pride from England so I thought we would start by cloning the beer back into the bottles. This was the first brew I did solo (Gemma was still in England). I followed the brew day recipe but managed to drop an entire packet of hops into the boil (I guess I still need adult supervision).

I decided that regardless of what the recipe said or the activity in the primary I was going to do nothing to it for at least 2 weeks. We used the same gelatin guide as for the gluten free beer since it looked fine when we bottled it and I wanted to try and get this beer clear. After we racked the beer we had our first go at yeast washing so we could use the ale yeast to brew a Fuller's ESB.

Yeast Washing

  1. Boil 3 small and 1 large Mason jar and their lids for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove jars leaving water in them, cap and refrigerate.
  3. Warm jars up to room temperature while racking beer.
  4. Empty remaining beer from primary, pour in the water from the jars and give it a good shake.
  5. After 20 minutes fill the big mason jar being careful to leave the sediment in the primary.
  6. After an hour fill the 3 small jars being careful to leave the sediment in the big jar.
  7. Refrigerate the 3 small jars.
Source

Ingredients:  Fuller's London Pride, Extract clone kit from Austin Homebrew Supply
Brew:         12 Aug 2011 
Rack+Gelatin: 28 Aug 2011 (16)
Bottle:       04 Sep 2011 (7)
Ready:        30 Sep 2011 (26)
Summary:      Primary 16 days, Secondary 7 days, Condition 26 days

This beer is amazing. Looks and smells amazing, tiny dusting of yeast on the bottom of the glass and great head retention. Tastes great, very very malty not but not too sweet. This is by far the best beer we have ever made. I don't know how much the gelatin really helped flocculation but I am willing to trust it with every brew based on these results. This is the new champion homebrew but I got another set of ingredients for the double IPA we made, that brew will show us how much has been learned and how much is luck.

Brew

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Rack+Gelatin

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Yeast Washing

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Bottle

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Ready

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