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  • Homebrew: 'tis the Saison

    1 week 6 days ago
    Comments: 1

    I've made some great Saisons in the last year or so and decided to get back into making more.   I split the wort made into two, with the first half making Cockermouth Kolsch.   The second half made this beer.

    Mash no.1: 1 hour 30 mins at 65°C falling to 63°C for the final 30 mins

    4Kg extra pale Maris Otter malt

    2g NaCl

    2g CaSO4

  • Homebrew: Cockermouth Kolsch

    1 week 4 days ago
    Comments: 1

    Since the winter is upon us and the nights get down to almost freezing but not subzero, I thought I'd brew a lager that can be conditioned using this cold source.   However I don't want to buy another yeast in specially for it and I also want to trial a beer that I may brew at work next year where we have proper chilling facilities.   This Kolsch is made with extra pale malt, hops with a nod towards a

  • Homebrew: Divine Fallacy

    1 month ago
    Comments: 3

    A year ago I brewed a really tasty Saison from pale malt, wheat malt, acid malt & honey called Quorum Sensing.   I noted that I must brew something similar again, so I have. This time I've upped the hop additions & used a powerful flavoured one too - Chinook.  It might be more IPA, but Saison style guidelines are notoriously lax.

  • Homebrew: Tusi Couple

    2 months ago
    Comments: 1

    This beer is named after the mathematical model creating linear motion from the sum of two circular motions created by Persian scholar Nasi al-Din Tusi in 1247.Tusi Couple

  • Taste Cumbria at Cockermouth

    2 months ago
    Comments: 0

    The Taste Cumbria beer festival is held annually at the maltings in Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth and its a smashing little beer festival.   There's not hundreds of beers, but it showcases Cumbrian beer in a small venue without any fussiness or pretentiousness.

  • Homebrew: Syzygy

    2 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 4

    Syzygy is the alignment of objects in straight lines.   This beer was named after the recent syzygy of the Earth, Moon and Sun to create the total solar eclipse seen in the United States last week.

  • Homebrew: Sinister Brew

    2 months ago
    Comments: 5

    This beer is named for being brewed on International Left-Hander's Day

  • Lactic Acid Addition to Finished Beer

    4 months ago
    Comments: 0

    A recent beer  - In The Pink - has turned out more than a little disappointing and tastes too fruity estery with no balancing tartness as I planned.   Based on previous recipes I added enough acid malt to give me a good sourness, but it failed to materialise in the end product so I planned to replace it by the direct addition of lactic acid.

  • Attemperation

    4 months ago
    Comments: 0

    Having mentioned that it is difficult to keep fermenting wort at the correct temperature during hot weather, a local brewer said it was a shame I didn't have attemperation - the ability to warm & cool my wort under control.   It got me thinking how I could improve on my system of putting the wort in the garage overnight & bringing it in the house in the day during hot weather.

  • Water chemistry for brewing

    4 months ago
    Comments: 3

    The dissolved salts in the water used for brewing affect the flavour of the finished beer.