Codename : Golden Slumbers

As I was scrolling through assorted styles, I discovered a British Golden Ale. In stark contrast to the darker beers I have brewed since I started, I decided to go much lighter. The title is once again inspired by the Beatles Song, “Golden Slumbers”.


  • 2 lbs Maris Otter malt
  • 0.2 oz East Kent Golding hops at 60 minutes
  • ¼ Whirlfloc tablet at 15 minutes (optional)
  • 0.1 oz Fuggles hops at 10 minutes
  • 3 ml Nottingham ale yeast

Anticipated IBU : 26
Anticipated ABV : 5%
Target OG : 1.050
Target FG : 1.012
Arbitrary Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 65%
Prepare 9.5L strike water, 154F
Add the grains to the bag.
Calibrate sonic screwdriver.
Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 90 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 149 F. Looking for a minimum SG 1.020
Lift the bag out of the pot, allow the contents to drip back in.
Bring wort up to 212F to boil for 10 minutes, then bring down to 210 F. Total boil time is 2 hours.
Add hops and Whirlfoc as prescribed above.Looking for a minimum SG 1.050
Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively
Prepare yeast mixture.
Add wort to the jug. Pitch yeast.
Store in a cool place for primary fermentation for 14-21 days.

Bottling Day
Sanitise everything required for bottling.
Transfer from carboy to bottling pot.
Prepare 19g corn sugar with enough hot water to dissolve it. Add to pot.
Preferably conduct bottle conditioning for at least 2-4 weeks.

Brew Notes

  • Pre-boil SG 1.025 (yay!)
  • Based on previous brewhouse efficiency, I had calculated a much lower OG of 1.042. I hit 1.053, so I kept tweaking the efficiency numbers until I reached something much closer. My estimated efficiency is now 65%.
  • The significant change I made for this was steeping for 90 minutes, up from 60, and boiling for 2 hours.
  • After one week, I filtered, and transferred the wort to a sanitised carboy. SG was measured at 1.024, that brings me to an ABV of 3.9% currently. Yay!
  • Since my gravity readings were wonky with what was originally calculated, plus other unknown factors (stuck fermentation, maybe?) the FG was still 1.024. With bottle conditioning I can hope for a small bump, so hopefully 4.1%, which before revisionist history, was the expected ABV.

Tasting notes

An easy drinking ale, no complexity.
Brew day : 2-Apr-2022
Bottling day : 15-Apr-2022