Having not brewed an IPA in quite a while it was time again. Not wanting a heavy, authentically accurate India Pale Ale I've used American hops with a reputation for giving the tropical fruit flavour I love in IPAs. I've made it a low strength alcohol beer as I prefer the taste of beer to the effects of them on me, also to keep it light & quaffable.
With my last beer - Fruity Tooti - being the best beer I've brewed in ages I wanted to try another sour beer using acid malt, but using a more normal amount in the grain bill. I thought that a fruit addition would help this beer appeal to my friends that aren't keen on sours.
My recent beer saison made with some acid malt was a big hit with friends and as the winter weather is conducive to brewing lager, I decided to make a lager with acid malt. Throwing caution to the wind - and receiving 100% extra acid malt for free when I bought 500g - I added more than style guidelines suggest for acid malt addition.
After showing the ingredient list to my daughter, she came up with the name!
Mash - 1 hour at 67°C
2 Kg Pilsner malt
500g acid malt
Boil - 1 hour
I've recently found myself with some extra time on my hands & naturally the thing to do is brew some more beer. I need a stock as I'm often finishing drinking a batch as it's coming into its prime. I'm also off to Manchester soon & will be dropping some beers off with friends, creating space under the stairs for more beer.
With some time on my hands I decided to make two beers in one day using the sparge water from my primary brew - Strange Attractor - and some grains left over from previous brews plus my favourite recent discovery: date molasses.
Mash: 1 hour at 67° throughout
Every winter for the last few years I've brewed a lager as it is relatively easy to brew in a garage or other cold area & raise the temperature to lager fermentation temperature - around 12-15°.
In September Taste Cumbria came to Cockermouth & took over Main Street for a weekend. More importantly Jennings Brewery opened up a large room for a beer festival. The bar was split into two: half Jennings Beers & half other Cumbrian breweries.
My Cascade hops had grown in Altrincham for a few years, before being dug up & grown in a big trug for a year & last spring I planted them in my garden in Cockermouth.