coppery with an almost honey sweetness, a sort of smoky toffee with a definite bitterness and a slightly floral nose.
You can buy all the ingredients for this as a kit here
1 110g Williamettes Hops
2 500g Smoked Malt
3 Beer Enhancer 1Kg
4 Muntons Medium Spray Dried malt 500g
5 Coopers Medium Liquid Malt 1.5kg
6 Crystal Grain Malt 250g
7 Gervin Ale Yeast 1 sachet
We're going to have steep some of these grains to get them to work properly. Get a nice big pan or a pressure cooker and heat 3 litres of water to 78 c. You could just heat the water in kettle and it will work ok.
Put the Crystal Malt and the Smoked malt in a large jug/bowl/bucket- At least 5 litres capacity! Then pour over the water you heated to 78c- IF you use the kettle you may have to add two lots of water. That's fine!
Put that lot aside for an hour, then strain it into a big pan, either pour it through a big bag or a sieve. Don't squeeze it! Just allow it to drain through.
Then add 85g of No1(Hops) ,all of No5 (Liquid Malt) and about 13 litres of water. You can use less or two big pans but it is better in 13 litres gallons-
At this point you've got the liquid from your smoked malt, the liquid malt and some hops in the pan/boiler
Now boil it, After 40 minutes of boiling add the rest of No 1 (The Hops) and turn off the boil.
Leave for about 20 mi
Strain into a nice clean bucket. Use a big jug if the tap gets blocked, and it will! Use a colander or a straining bag.
Squeeze most of the liquid out of the hops but don't go mad and don't burn your hands...
Add all of no4 ( Medium Powder Malt) and all of no3 (Beer Enhancer)and stir well to dissolve.
Top up to 5 gallons/40 pints with cold water and leave to stand until cool below 23C
Add the yeast as per instructions on the packet and leave in a warm place to ferment.
It should take about 6 days at 22c, use a hydrometer to check, it should be about 1010.
Leave in a cool place for 24 hrs and bottle or barrel.
Prime with 1/2 tsp of sugar per pint or 55g if you're adding the sugar to a bottling bucket!