Syzygy is the alighnment 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.
- 1 week 4 days agoComments: 2
- 1 week 1 day agoComments: 5
This beer is named for being brewed on International Left-Hander's Day.
- 1 month 1 week agoComments: 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.
- 1 month 3 weeks agoComments: 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.
- 2 months agoComments: 3
The dissolved salts in the water used for brewing affect the flavour of the finished beer.
- 1 month 3 weeks agoComments: 2
Much as I love the New World varieties, there are some English hops I like - I just tend to not make stuff I can readily buy in the shops. This should be a traditional English Bitter, but with the hoppiness & bitterness ramped up.
Mash: 45 mins. Held at 68°C for 20 mins then allowed to fall to 64°C in the last 25.
2.5 Kg of pale malt
200g crystal malt
270g of rye malt
Boil: 40 mins.
- 1 month 3 weeks agoComments: 3
I got a good deal on some hops that I'd never tried before & originally was to make two SMASH beers with them to see what they tasted like. However time was was against me on this brew - hence the reduced mash & boil times - and I wanted to be sure the beer was a success.
- 1 month 1 week agoComments: 3
I found some jars of sour cherries in Lidl & had to have them to make a beer with. While it will have some resemblance to a Belgian Kriek, it is not soured with wild yeasts or bacteria. The sourness will come from acid malt predominantly.
Mash: 1 hour 10 mins starting at 70°C & falling to 57°C at the end.
2 Kg pale malt
250g acid malt
150g crystal malt
Boil: 1 hour
- 3 months 2 weeks agoComments: 2
Having brewed a great session IPA using El Dorado & a good one using Chinook hops I took advantage of the opportunity to brew a slightly stronger, super hoppy IPA using both hops plus some Cascade.
Mash - starting at 68°C and falling to 59°C at the end of 1 hour.
3 Kg of pale malt
Boil - 1 hour 15 mins
- 3 months 3 weeks agoComments: 2
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.