Beers and Brewing

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Homebrew: Monster Mash

Submitted by DM on Sun, 15/04/2018 - 19:21

I've always held back from brewing very strong beers as I like proper drinking beer, rather than sipping beer.   However I've got plenty of beer under the stairs, so can afford to take the extra time to ferment out a strong beer & wait for it to mature that bit longer in a bottle.   I only sparged with a minimum of water, but still the OG of 1.100 took me a little by suprise though.

Mash - 1 hour 5 mins.   66ºC initially, dropping to 60ºC at the end

Homebrew: Diagnosis Mango

Submitted by DM on Sat, 31/03/2018 - 15:46

There is a long list of ingredients on my list of Things You Can't Buy In Cumbria - one of them is mango pulp (other things include peanut milkshake, decent lime pickle, date molasses, grape soda or cheap tahini and coconut oil).   When I was down in the midlands I picked up a big can of the stuff as mango IPAs seemed to be all the rage a couple of years ago & I wanted to try making one.

Mash - 1 hour 25 mins starting at 68ºC & falling to 63ºC at the end.

2.5Kg pale ale malt

Homebrew: The Wizard of Agnesi

Submitted by DM on Sun, 18/03/2018 - 00:59

I already brewed a Belgian brown ale & called it The Witch of Agnesi after a mathematical description of a particular curve.   This is a similar brown ale brewed with Belgian ale yeast, so I called it The Wizard of Agnesi.   This is a partigyle beer where two beers were made from one batch of wort.

Mash - 1 hour 20 mins starting at 69ºC and allowed to fall to 62ºC.   

3.5 Kg pale malt

400g crystal 150 malt

100g chocolate malt

1 teaspoon MgSO4

Homebrew: 'Ey You Golden Ale

Submitted by DM on Sat, 24/02/2018 - 13:14

I decided to brew a golden beer using cara malt & Belgian Ale yeast.

Mash: 1 hour 15 mins.   Started at 72ºC and fell to 67ºC.   This should give me a slightly fuller bodied beer than normal, as would suit the style.

4 Kg pale malt

1 Kg Cara malt

1 teaspoon MgSO4

1 teaspoon CaSO4

1/2 teaspoon NaCl

Boil: 1 hour 15 mins.  

100g Savinjski Golding pellets added 25 mins before end

50g Savinjski Golding pellets added 10 mins before end

Homebrew: Space Moomins

Submitted by DM on Sat, 10/02/2018 - 14:40

Having successfully made 2 Berliner Wiesses, I discovered that drinking exclusively 2.1% beers doesn't give you a sense of satisfaction like a viscous, chewy stout - so I made one.   A beer to be taken seriously - hence the name.

Mash: 1 hour at 63ºCspace moomins

4 Kg Pale malt

100g crystal malt

300g chocolate malt

100g roast barley

Homebrew: Strawberry & Lemon Wheat Fields

Submitted by DM on Sun, 28/01/2018 - 07:15

I ran out of beer to drink.   I discovered that my Saisons taste way better with acid malt in.   I remembered how good Tooti Fruiti (a sour, lemon & lime zest beer) tasted.   I also found loads of dried strawberries (containing no sulphites) massively discounted in a shop.   I put all these things together & a Berliner wiesse was formulated with half the brew being made with Strawberries & half with lemon.