Saturday, 31 October 2015

Using up stock

After finding the Topaz hops left over were not in good condition I decided to use up some stock.
Having 5kg of malt, and 100g of columbus I've ended up with 25g columbus bittering, 25g topaz 15 min, 25g columbus+25g topaz whirlpool (@66 deg for 1 hour) and 50g columbus dry hop.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Topaz

The plan was for a very hoppy aroma filled IPA. The brew day itself went well, however when it came to dry hopping it turned out the hops for dry-hop were 2013 harvest and not very good at all.

 A big lesson learnt is to stock up on 2015 harvest hops as soon as they are available rather than having to buy hops towards the end of the year.

I'd imagine this will be far from undrinkable - but also far from what it was intended to be.

I'll use the 4.5kg of malt and the rest of these hops to try get a plain 'flavourless' pale ale - stocks of anything pale is quite low right now.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Brown Ale

Not quite mild, not quite a traditional bitter, without much time to condition this is feeling like quite a drinkable brown ale.