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  • Homebrew: Quorum Sensing

    2 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 2 days 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 weeks 2 days 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

    8 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 weeks 2 days 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. 

  • Homebrew: Olbers' Stout

    2 weeks 2 days 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.

  • Homebrew: Cockermouth Cascade

    8 months 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

    8 months 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