American Pale Ale

Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I went about brewing my first APA.

A mead update!

It has been a long time since I posted anything and I think that it is time for a mead update! I made mead a few months ago and I can report that it has been finished and bottled for about a month now. So how does it look? How did it get here? And, most importantly, how does it taste? In this followup to my earlier post, I’ll go through the fermentation, conditioning, bottling and first tasting of the mead.

Making mead

Summer is most definitely here and you know what that means! Only a few months until Autumn! And what better drink for when the nights begin to darken and the days get increasingly nippy?

Emergency Extract IPA

So as you may have read, my all in one system is currently out of action. But never fear, extract is here! I was going to make an American style IPA and I didn’t want all of those delicious hops to go to waste so I ordered some extract and just got on with it. […]

My brew kettle broke

So after only five completed brews I find myself in the situation where my Klarstein all-in-one system has broken down. I decided that now might be a good time to write a bit about what I think of the system.

Slightly Red Ale tasting

A few weeks ago I played around brewing a beer with some Melanoidin and CaraRed to produce something that would hopefully have a nice red colour. Here is how it turned out.

My first Cider

I bought 5L of locally produced apple juice and, following on from my recent wine adventure, have a newly freed up 1 gallon fermenter. So the only sensible thing to do is to make some cider!