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  • Homebrew: Something For Nothing

    8 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 3

    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°C throughout

    500g pale rye malt EBC 5

    500g pale crystal malt EBC 60

    85g chocolate malt EBC 800

  • Homebrew: Strange Attractor

    9 months ago
    Comments: 2

    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°.   These (here & here for example) have been amongst my best beers.

  • Homebrew: Rye & Jasmine IPA

    10 months ago
    Comments: 3

    Having tried a couple of IPAs recently made with some rye & made a few jasmine beers (Ice Pig, Jasmine Pale Ale, IT & Reality Bites) I've really liked, I tho

  • Homebrew: Quorum Sensing

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 3

    I usually brew session strength American IPAs for their drinkability & becasue I like the grapefruit, citrus & tropical fruit hop flavour you don't get from traditional Goldings or Fuggles hops in the UK.   Every now & then I brew a stout or porter for a change, but they last me a while as they aren't as sinkable as a 3.5% AIPA.

  • Homebrew: Fibonacci's Naughty Rabbits

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 3

    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.   Until now I'd always build bamboo cane trellises that were expanded as the hops grew until they resembled the wire frame spaceships from '80's computer game Elite.

  • Homebrew: Fiery Phoenix

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 1

    Having brewed so many session AIPA style beers recently a full flavoured stout was in order.   My previous stout using date molasses - Olbers' Stout - was a hit with friends as well as me, so I used its recipe as a basis for this one only I wanted it bigger, fuller.

  • Homebrew: Photon Shower

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 3

    I've gone back to an electric brew system again after using gas for a year or so, but my wife wants the kitchen back & making food when mealtimes cross my brew time just makes the brewday even longer.   I've got a Burco Cygnet water boiler designed for making industrial amounts of tea, but has a thermostat so can be used as a mash tun / wort kettle.

  • Homebrew: Juneau Alaska

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 1

    My first brew in the new house in Cockermouth & our kitchen is still too small to do anything else when brewing is occurring.   Encouragingly the hob here doesn't have a toast rack annoyingly over it preventing large brewing vessels being placed on it & god-knows what bugs raining down from it.   I will switch back to an electric system from my current gas set up soon, so I can brew in the garden / garage.

  • Homebrew: Axis of Anarchy

    10 months ago
    Comments: 4

    One of my greatest successes was brewing Sour Saturday after visiting the Chorlton Brewing Company in Ardwick, Manchester just over a year ago.   I wanted to brew something similar, even though it's a niche beer that not everyone will want a taste of.   I love the sour beers, particularly clean sour beers like Berliner Weisse so I am.

  • Homebrew: Pioneer Anomaly

    2 months 2 weeks ago
    Comments: 5

    One of the best beers I ever brewed was a lager a few years ago, brewed during cold weather.   I fermented it in a conservatory with the heating set low (about 12°C), then turned down further to frost protect (about 5°C) whilst the bottled beer lagered.