Visitors since February 2008
For my 28th birthday I bought a homebrew kit, here's how I got on.................
During September 2008 I started to put together an "All Grain" setup for making beer.
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|Some images of my current All Grain equipment.|
|This was my first try at All Grain brewing. It went very well and turned out better than I thought it would. The beer was very nice, may be a bit bitter for my taste but lovely colour.|
|Using all Pale malt I made a Summer Lightning clone. This has to be one of my favorite home brewed beers. It was excellent and very clear. Would be making this one again for sure. I altered the recipe a bit and was very happy with the results.|
|I wanted to try a Caledonia 80 clone, but it didn't turn out much like it. Not too worry though as the beers was another nice brew. More like a mild. Here's what the Scottish Craft brewers thought --- "The beer had a nice roast malt nose. The flavour was very clean and retained the deep roasted flavours and nice balance. It resembled a mild more that an 80 as it was a bit thin. However the group all thought it was a lovely beer and a great effort for a first AG brew " .|
|A lower alcohol beer, same co lour as my first brew, but used Amber Malt and Crystal Malt which gave a very nice flavour. This was a good beer and is almost finished (Dec 2008)|
|A stronger beer using Cascade hops at 5.5% abv. Bottled and barrled this. I like this one a lot but the barrle didnt seem to hold the pressure very well.|
|This was ready very quickly and I barr led the full brew. Will be a good one for Xmas, if it lasts that long. Also good head retention and a lovely black colour. One of my favorite beers.|
|Using a hop I haven't tried yet, I made a pale ale, which is full of flavour. This one is also excellent in the bottle. Really pleased with it. An excellent beer with good body and lovely hop aroma.|
|For a change I made a lager and it turned out a very pale colour. I used Saaz hops for this one. Hope it turns out okay! 15.02.09 - Carbonating well but need a bit more maturing. 21.03.09 - Nice flavour but has a chill haze when cold.|
|Managed to get a second brew done over the weekend. This time an amber ale, using Target hops for bittering and Goldings and Fuggles for aroma. Added a small amount of sugar to bring the gravity up a bit. 15.02.09 - Seems a bit thin in body and I'm not sure if its due to the mash temp or the use of sugar. 18.02.09 - Tried another bottle and it seems to be getting better. 27.02.09 - Really not sure about this one....bottle seems better. 22.03.09 - Still not great.|
|Since the Oatmeal Stout was so nice, I made it again but toasted the oatmeal first. Making a 33L batch this time. Went well and I filled a 4L demijohn to try using Coppers yeast for an experiment.|
|Trying another type of hop, this time "First Gold". Also added some Munich malt. Not sure what this will add to the beer but will be interesting. Also going to try first wort hopping and dry hopping. This has to be the best beer I have made to date. Even my wife likes it!|
|I have been wanting to try and make a good Scottish Heavy 70/- ever since I started Home Brewing and I hope this will turn out well. Going to barrle most of the one. A very nice malty beer.|
|Doing this one again as its excellent, thought using Challenger hops instead of Fuggle and reducing 4L of wort first.|
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