Now, my coffee pot is a Phillips Cafe Cino, 4 cup Coffee Maker so the first step is to guestimate the amount of grain we'll need. In all the other posts on how to brew beer in a coffee pot, the total water bill is around 2L at the start of boil. Or, roughly 1.5L by the time we get to the fermenter. I know that for a 15L batch I need about 5 kg of grain, that's a 1:3 ratio at the fermenter end. Scaling that, we can take a pretty good rule-of-thumb guess and say, "Ok, I would probably need 500g of grain" that's about 2.5 cups of pearl barley! not in my coffee maker alas. That means, less grain and some adjunct like "Golden Syrup" of "Black Treacle," Cool! Let's see what the S.G is after the boil.
This Gruit Ale Recipe is my own creation, based on my past experience in brewing beer and what I've read online about the style, and it's a tricky thing to come up with something that might work - it's all well and good to hypothesize and prognosticate on what to do, but experience usually will out. So here we go:
Starchy grains - all barley or add some others as well? Why add grain adjuncts? Flavour Profile, colour, taste characteristics
Bittering agents - The typical Gruit Ale used sage, juniper berries, wild rosemary, mugwort, and a few other esoteric items. All I've got is the first two. Ok, how much? both or singly? addition schedule?
Adjuncts - sugar, dextrose, honey, corn syrup, golden syrup, black treacle, maple syrup - how will these work with the end flavour?
Enzyme activity - since we're not using malted grain how do we get the enzymes in to process the starches to sugars?
Malt flavour - do we want a malty flavour in this beer? How do we put it in? Vegemite? It's a yeast extract and I love it but it's isn't going to give me that malty flavour but the salt may contribute to the mouthfeel of the final beer. I've got Horlicks, but its a milk additive, ok let's try out a "milky beer."
Size of the mash tun - a 4 pot coffee carafe doesn't take much and given the nature of the possible grains, they'll expand at least double their size in volume when soaked in water.
2L (nominal) La Vie Still Water
3/4 cup Pearl Barley
2 tbsn Wholemeal Husks
5 tspn Sweet Brown Rice
1/3 cup Golden Syrup
1/4 cup Horlicks Malted Milk Powder
2.5 tspn Bread Improver
Until the next time,
It's Your shout, Mate!