Batch 35: Sister Star of the Sun
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Primary Secondary Keg
1.054 1.010 5.7 % 73 % 14 days 43 days 7 days


rewed on Saturday, September 16th, 2006
A yeast starter was made on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 for the Wyeast London Ale yeast with 550 mL of water, 3 oz of Light LME, and 1/2 tsp yeast nutrient. Some friends came over during brewing that made the brew day even more fun. This batch is interesting because it has the most hops I've ever used in a recipe and the least variety of grains. There was about a 3 inch layer of hops above the false bottom that were a nice filter in the kettle. The fugggle hops were added at flame out and steeped for 15 mintues before starting to chill. The ambient temperature for fermentation is 70 F in the basement and the fermenter is in a cold water bath with some ice bottles to bring the temperature down to the lower 60's. A plastic bucket was used as the primary fermenter because the glass carboy is full at the moment. A partially covered lid was used to control evaporation during the boil but the 7oz of whole hops really sucked up a lot of liquid and there was just enough to get 5 gallons in the fermenter.

All Grain
5.00 gal Batch Size
6.41 gal Boil Size


Amount Item Price
13.00 lb Maris Otter Pale Malt (3 L) $20.15
0.25 lb Caramel Malt (120 L) $0.46
0.25 lb Wheat Malt (2 L) $0.46
3.00 oz Chinook Hops (12.90 %) at 60 min $3.75
2.00 oz Goldings, East Kent Hops (6.60 %) at 15 min $3.70
2.00 oz Fuggles Hops (5.60 %) at 0 min $3.50
1.00 tsp Irish Moss at 30.0 min $0.10
1 pkgs Wyeast Labs London Ale (1028) $5.75


Time Step
12:00 PM Sanitized equipment
  Heated 4.5 gal strike water to 185 F, preheated mash tun
12:40 PM Doughed in at 165 F, mashed at 153 F for 60 min, 152 F for 30 min, 151 F for 0 min
  Heated 4 gal sparge water to 185 F, preheated hot liquor tank
1:40 PM Lautered 7 gal of wort, 1.041 @ 126 F = 1.053 SG, 73% Mash Efficiency
2:45 PM Boiled, added hops on schedule
3:45 PM Heat exchanger and wort wizard, cooled to 70 F
5:00 PM Pitched yeast, 1.052 @ 74 F = 1.054 OG (Estimate: 1.066 OG)
5:30 PM Cleaned equipment


acked to Secondary on Saturday, September 30th, 2006
After two weeks in the plastic primary fermenter the Sister Star of the Sun was racked into a 5-gallon secondary fermenter. There was about 1 quart extra that wouldn't fit in the secondary so I just dumped it. Ambient temperatures in the basement are now around 65 F.


egged on Sunday, November 12th, 2006
After more than a month in the secondary fermenter the Sister Star of the Sun was racked into a 5-gallon keg. There was extra beer that did not fit into the keg so I filled half of a 1L soda bottle and carbonated with my new carbonator cap. The keg is going straight into the kegerator at 40 F to carbonate at 12 PSI.

1.010 @ 60 F = 1.010 FG
5.7% ABV


asted on Sunday, November 19th, 2006
This batch of Sister Star of the Sun is just now carbonated with good head and appears very light in color. It has a nice balanced taste with smooth hop bitterness and light malt sweetness. There is some great hop aroma but not as strong as a typical IPA. Overall a really easy drinking pale ale.