Having taken feedback from friends and random strangers online, I made a few time-saving and flavour-changing adjustments to the procedure, tweaked the recipe (quite significantly), and here is the result.
Officially, this is Simple Beer #2, but, like any good sequel, it needs a subtitle. Since the actual brew day was 23rd November, 2013, the official 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who*, I've called this batch "Doctor's Day".
(*Day of the Doctor)
Step 1: Equipment and recipe
I also used two saucepans at once - one 3 litres, one five litres
The recipe I used this time was significantly different:
- 1.5kg Medium spray-dried malt
- 1.5kg Dark spray-dried malt
- 70g Fuggles hops
- 1 packet yeast (Munton's Gold again)
You can buy all you need online, but I prefer to use local businesses to keep money in the local economy. I've found a supplier called You Can Brew It in Diss, Norfolk. Not a huge range of malts, but enough to experiment for months, and it's easy for me to get to, and they have all the equipment you could possibly need. They also cater for cider and wine making from kits or raw materials.
In the UK, brewing materials are often stocked by "health food shops", although they often restrict their ingredients to pre-packed kits.