Below is a list of the top bottled India Pale Ales that I have tasted;
Here is a list of bottled English-style bitter that I like (I've not included anything with less than 6.5/10) - blonde, pale & golden ales are also not included;
Below are the top (beers scoring <6/10 not included) bottled Scottish ales I have tasted;
I discovered a homebrew shop in St Helens today whilst at work & had to pop in to check it out.
Below are some of the bottled Belgian beers I've tasted. I've not included the specialist gueuzes or lambics.
My ranking of bottled Czech lagers;
Below are some bottled German lagers that I have tasted - not included are wheat beers, Altbiers & Kolsch;
Below is a list of the bottled stouts & porters I have tasted. Many are given poor marks for being oxidised or infected, which is not necessarily the beers fault - I just had a bad
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
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