Different malt combination. Different hop combination. It will be a much different beer.
Into the fermenter on 04/04/2011 and fermented furiously for three days. The OG reading came in at 1.072 and I took a reading on 08/04/2011 at 1.020. So it's coming along pretty quickly. I took a sneaky taste on the first reading and it certainly has a more interesting flavour than the previous attempt.
The hop character still has not struck as much as I would have hoped. Here's how it was built.
1.8 kg Muntons IPA bitter malt extract
1.5kg Black Rock amber malt extract
500g light brew malt brew improver
500g crystal malt medium grain
25g Chinook hop pellets
25g Amarillo hop pellets
25g Willamette hop pellets
Safale yeast U.S 05
18.5 L water.
The Chinooks were used as the main bittering hop. I only boiled it for 30 minutes. I really will get more bold with the next one. I'll try and double the length of time for the boil and stack some more bittering hops in there.
I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out, but this has just heightened my interest in doing another brew straight away.
On a side note, if anybody would like to purchase me some swing top bottles, then that would be ideal.