• Homebrew: Three Parts American

    1 day 11 hours ago
    Comments: 0

    My wife picked up a bottle of Douglas Fir syrup after Christmas at a big discount and thought I'd like to brew with it.   Quite right too.   I've tried to keep the beer fairly neutral to let the fir taste show through the malt and hops, but at the same time I wanted a beer I'd enjoy drinking in case the syrup was too subtly flavoured.

  • Homebrew: Föhn

    1 week 4 days ago
    Comments: 1

    This beer is supposed to be identical to my last beer called Sun Outage, but with the hops swapped from El Dorado to Chinook.   However I misjudged the amount of hops I had in stock & didn't have quite enough Chinook hops.

  • Homebrew: Sun Outage

    1 month ago
    Comments: 2

    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.

    Mash - 1 hour 10 mins starting at 68°C and dropping to 63°C at the end.

    2 Kg pale malt

    50g acid malt

  • Homebrew: Blueberry Sour

    3 weeks ago
    Comments: 2

    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.

    Mash - 40 mins starting at 70°C and falling to 63°C

    2 Kg Pilsner malt

    250g acid malt

    ½ teaspoon MgSO4

  • Homebrew: Fruity Tooti

    1 month 1 week ago
    Comments: 2

    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