Recension: Slottskällan Eight


Pour: Black with reddish hues in the edges of the glass, thick foamy brown head that holds up great. A bit hard to pour, it’s very carbonated or to warm.

Nose: Citrusy to grape to pine, grainy and a bit of roast. Maybe a hint of marzipan.

Taste: A fresh bitterness that is more fruity and citrusy than dank and piny.  A bit of licorice but not a lot of roast character. I can still, or at least I think I can, feel some bitterners coming from the dark grains. Second mouth I couldn’t find none. A bit of alcoholic warmth, understandable with an ABV at 8%. More sweet than dry, could have been a bit drier/crisper.

Mouth feel: A bit too much Co2, the mouth feel is too thin after the fast disappearance of the Co2.  When the Co2 left the beer the mouth feel got a lot better.

Overall: The hop character gets a bit soapy, something I detect in some bottles. It’s not always there in a beer, but sometimes – and this is one of those times. Anyhow, it’s a good beer! I should have drunk it a bit colder, it’s about 12 degrees c now.

This is one of the few Black IPAs on the market in Sweden, I preferred this to Prince of Darkness (is that the name?) from Sigtuna.

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Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 22.57 l
Post Boil Volume: 19.79 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 18.00 l   
Bottling Volume: 17.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.061 SG
Estimated Color: 11.3 EBC
Estimated IBU: 70.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.4 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
18.00 l               Larmvägen 28 Bittra, ljusa öl.           Water         1        -             
5.00 kg               Pale Malt (Weyermann) (6.5 EBC)          Grain         2        100.0 %       
20.00 g               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           3        46.8 IBUs     
30.00 g               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop           4        23.6 IBUs     
0.50 tsp              Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)          Other         5        -             
0.50 mg               Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)              Fining        6        -             
100.00 g              Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min          Hop           7        0.0 IBUs      
1.0 pkg               American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272) [124 Yeast         8        -             
50.00 g               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days      Hop           9        0.0 IBUs      
50.00 g               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days      Hop           10       0.0 IBUs      

Mash Schedule: Braumeister - SMASH IPA
Total Grain Weight: 5.00 kg
Name                  Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Alpha amylase         Heat to 66.0 C over 4 min               66.0 C        60 min        
Mash out              Add 0.00 l of water at 76.0 C           76.0 C        15 min        


This year for the nationals beer naked brewery will prepare a single malt and single hop ipa for folkets val (people’s choice). We wanted to go for simcoe since I’ve been using it a lot recently and just got a feeling of how it plays. But since the American hops haven’t arrived yet. I had to change the recipe. So I’m going with the galaxy hop from New Zealand after a guy at the home brew store recommended it.

I was hoping to call the beer ‘simcoe smash ipa’ cause i liked the ring to it. But hey, galaxy hops makes for a good big bang theme.

I haven’t figured out what the hopping additions will look like but I think
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National home brew day.

This weekend it’s the national home brew day. Shbf encourage all the Swedish home brewers to gather around one recipe and brew it together with another home brewer or a someone new to home brewing.

The recipe this year is for a irish red. I’m not sure if I will brew it since my schedule is pretty tight with all the brews in need to get done before nationals. Hopefully a lot of other brewers will make some irish red though!