Posts Tagged ‘craftbeer’


Gee. that’s a lot of pumpkin…

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First crack at creating a pumpkin spiced ale. Freestyled it based on what was in the cupboard. After tasting it, clearly not enough pumpkin. After chats and reading it was suggested to try dry hopping it with pumpkin. Seems like a good idea.

The pumpkin was roasted for an hour or so before being added to the mix. Also added some demerera to mix to correct the recipe, as i didn’t have it handy at the time.

Also testing out t-shirts to insulate the kegs. Protect them from light-strike and give slightly more temperature insulation. It’s a theory. Lets see if it works.


The final test relates to agitating the fermenter to bring the yeast back into action. @carrywater suggested this one. I needed it because the Pumpkin Ale had slowed on fermentation and i wanted to see if agitating the brew would bring the yeast back into action to deal with the new elements I was adding. I also gave the Ginger brew a shake to see if that might give it a bit more activity to dry it out. Always experimenting…

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What the heck?

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I was working my way through a selection of Belgian (and German) beers last night when I cracked open a bottle of Delirium Tremens when i noticed the weirdest sediment I have ever seen. I am completely stumped as to what this might be. There were no strong off flavours in the beer, and apart from the odd visual spectacle, the beer was quite drinkable.

Any clues?

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Tipping out a case of cider. what happened?

   Posted by: Wobbles    in Homebrew

Boring Apples. Not Cider Apples.

Everyone loves to discuss their brewing successes, but few discuss their failures.  This is a tale of adventure, hope, dismay and in the end failure.  Not sure if anything will come of this, but it is a cathartic closure to this particular brew that might help me ‘harden up’ and get back on the horse of homebrew.

I had bigs hopes for this cider, though it was a spur of the moment kinda brew.  We set out with the best of intentions.  It was end of season, and the Mrs (Urban_Nanna) was making Pomodoro Sauce from end of season tomatoes from the Preston Markets.  Getting into the swing of the slow food thing, I grabbed a couple of palettes of Apples from the markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another year down. Here comes 2011 & a lot more brewing

   Posted by: Wobbles    in beer, Homebrew

Whilst there have not been many blog updates this year, there has been a lot of brewing and beer drinking going on.

Wobbles in Oregon, drinking Arrogant Bastard Ale. You are not worthy.

Wobbles in Oregon, drinking Arrogant Bastard Ale. You are not worthy.

This year has been a year of travelling, brewing and general tourism.  Not that I have the luxury of pure beer tourism, just more the opportunity to visit brewery’s and pubs whilst travelling for work.  There has to be some fun in it all! Read the rest of this entry »

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