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  • Homebrew: Photon Shower

    6 months 1 week 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.

  • Homebrew: Juneau Alaska

    6 months 1 week 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

    6 months 1 week 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

    6 months 1 week 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. 

    I thought I'd try & brew something similar with the current cold spell we're having in the UK.

  • Homebrew: Olbers' Stout

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 3

    Having had to pour my last beer away, I had no beer in the house & so had to brew one.   Having only a few uninteresting hops, but several new bags of darker malts I thought a stout was due.

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  • Homebrew: Cockermouth Cascade

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 2

    Having moved from Manchester to Cumbria in the spring, I had to dig up my 3 year old Cascade hop bine - which by now was giving me more hops than I could brew with.   It's lived all summer in a large plastic bucket & I built a bamboo structure around it to support the growing limbs.   Obviously the roots were pretty hacked up & it didn't have quite the same vigour as in Manchester.   I got enough hops to make one beer though, but due to life getting in the way I had to pick the hops &

  • Homebrew: Reality Bites

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 2

    I had a fair amount of hops left over from other beers & some jasmine flowers brought in after my previous jasmine beers were so good.   Hopefully this is the last beer brewed before moving house again, so I wanted to use up some ingredients.   I wanted a bigger beer than my last (a subtly smoked porter at 3.7%) & only had a higher alcohol Belgian-style yeast in my brew box, so this will be a real mix of

  • Homebrew: Temporale

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 1

    Having moved house to Cumbria & living in a rented house for a while I have limited space for brewing.   A narrow kitchen which is the thoroughfare to the garden is particularly troublesome when I'm boiling sugar solutions.   I've got the ingredients for a smoked porter & it doesn't need to be as bright tasting as a New World Pale Ale, so I can do without the wort chiller this time.

    I also haven't found the kitchen scales yet, so all measurements are rather approximate.

  • Homebrew: Finale

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 3

    This will be my last homebrew in my current home before I move to Cumbria & start afresh.   My last beer Tatah To Timperley made with Mosaic hops is maybe a little too bitter, so I've changed a few timings & amount of the Nelson Sauvin hop additions.   Nelson Sauvin has been my favourite hop for a while & only Mosiac has challenged it.

     

  • Homebrew: Tatah To Timperley

    6 months 1 week ago
    Comments: 4

    Having seen on Twitter that @Not_that_jamie had excess Mosaic hops I was right up to Beermoth in Manchester city centre to collect some.   It was my second trip the 7 miles or so north into the city centre in 6 months - the last one being to collect Cascade hops from the very same person.