7-Day Pale – Kveik

I needed a beer for drinking at Christmas and didn’t have a lot of time. As I quite like it, and it’s convenient for me, I used Voss Kveik to turn this beer around in 7-days from grain to glass. Inspired by a beer I’d sampled from Tony T a few weeks before hand, l set about creating a beer based on my earlier experiences with the yeast. I’m not convinced it likes a lot of hops, but I don’t let that stop me trying to convince it otherwise.

This is a beer I enjoy making and one that’s very handy to have in keg when I don’t have time to brew. It’s good to drink in 7-days when fermented at 35-39C, but does improve given a few weeks.

Process

I usually add any salt additions to the HLT while the strike water is coming up to temperature. I used to add salts just to the mash, for mash efficiency, but have found that the whole-water approach works well. To be honest, it’s easier.

Times

Mash: 60 min
Boil: 60 min

Mash

Mash at 68oC and mix the grist well to eliminate dough-balls. I like to stir the mash every 10-15 mins, I’ve found this helps the efficiency (on my system) after 60 minutes I test that conversion is complete using iodine to test. When it done, I batch sparge and run the wort to the kettle and start the boil.

Iodine Test

The iodine test works to test if any starches remain in the mash. If you have starch present in the mash, this means that the conversion process isn’t complete. To check conversion is complete:

  • Add a few drops of wort in a drop of iodine, if the Iodine remains the same colour conversion is complete.

If starches are still present in the wort, it will turn a darker brown to black, which means conversion isn’t complete. If you get this, give the mash a stir and test again in 10 mins.

Iodine test conversion Iodine test conversion complete

The iodine test isn’t the magic bullet to say that your conversion is complete, but it will show you if it isn’t. It is a great indicator when combined with time. Most all grain mash schedules are for an hour for a good reason.

Water Profile

Water 30l with 18l of RO and 12l of 250 RA tap water, ran off min 24 hours before use.

Additions 4g of Gypsum1g CaCl1g Epsom salts.

 Ca2+Mg2+Na+ClSO42-Alkalinity as CaCO3DilutionHLT vol30 
Original Profile100176311874250 Tap Water1240%
Diluted Profile40725473010040%DI/RO1860%
Target Profile10017516012080 
Ions Required6010261390-20
Ions Added403016870
Final Ions80102563117100

Recipe

AmountFermentableCostPPG°LBill %
3.50 kg Muntons – Maris Otter382.390.4%
100 g Munich3762.6%
150 g Crisp Malting – Caramalt 15L32.717.53.9%
120 g United Kingdom – Crystal 50L34503.1%

 Hops

AmountVarietyCostTypeAAUseTimeIBUBill %
20 gWakatuPellet7.5Whirlpool at 80 °C0 min2.133.3%
15 gCitraLeaf/Whole13.6Boil10 min9.6625%
25 gColumbusLeaf/Whole15Boil60 min48.9741.7%

Vital Statistics

OG: 1.046
FG: 1.006
ABV:5.14%
IBU (tinseth): 60.73
SRM (morey): 5.78 
Mash pH 5.25

Final Beer and Tasting Notes

The final beer is a lovely NEIPA-esque naturally hazy beer. The rich orange colour with lasting white, pillowy head gives tons of citrus aromas and flavours, before a peppery spice with tangerine/orange kicks. There’s a lingering bitterness that brings you back fo another sip from the 60 min Columbus addition and Voss yeast.

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