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Snout In The Sunlight

("...so he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, 'Up we go! Up we go! till at last, pop! His snout came out into the sunlight, and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow...") Kenneth Grahame, 'Wind In The Willows'

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  Snout In The Sunlight

Ingredients:

5000 gms pale colour Maris Otter

Yeast:

1 sachet of Safale yeast

Hop Schedule:

Start of boil:

37 gms Challenger @ 6.9 AA

19 gms Fuggles @ 4.5 AA

15 mins from end of boil:

13 gms Goldings

10 gms Czech Saaz

Water Treatment:

The Wheeler Method (I usually only use the Wheeler Method on dark beers, but this is an exception to the rule).

Mash and Sparge:

Mash in 14 litres of water at 67°C. 2 crushed Campden tablets went in with the dry grain. 90 minute mash. Sweet wort passed through grain three times. Sparge at 62°C.

Boil:

90 minutes. 2 crushed Campden tablets added at start of boil along with Challenger and Fuggles hops. Protafloc added with Goldings and Saaz 15 minutes from the end of boil.

(One week in primary fermentation, two weeks in secondary, keg or bottle as you prefer.)

Tasting Notes:

I've kegged and bottled this one, brewed it many times, on balance I probably prefer the bottled version. Absolutely lovely! A clean, citrus flavour which really comes into its own after a month in the bottle. Even a confirmed lager drinker who turns his nose up at real ale really loved this one and asked when the next batch will be ready! A perfect ale for lazing by the pond on hot Summer days.

Snout In The Sunlight is a clean tasting citrusy straw coloured bitter and as such has been used on more than one occasion to successfully persuade lager drinkers that at least SOME real ale is to their taste. From a Summer brew to a Winter one now, as on the next page we look at 'Badger's Supper'...

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