In A Brewing Rut

I’ve not brewed any All Grain beers for a while, hence the lack of any posts to the blog. There was an extract kit I did a while back that I dry hopped and put in the plastic barrel, but nothing that has particularly warranted an update here.

I have half a mind to try and do a “quick” All Grain Pale Ale or similar to speed up the late night brewing sessions. Although I gave enjoyed the German lager and the saison I did, the hour and a half mash and boil times are a real pain when you start at 7:00 at night!

I think an hour long Maris Otter mash and one hour boil may be the way to go for the next brew session. The advantage being that with no lager malt – I wouldn’t need to boil for a long time to drive off DMS from the beer (Dimethyl Sulphide – which is supposed to cause a cooked corn or vegetal off flavour in the beer is more likely to form in a lager malt wort than in others).

I’ve quite fancied the idea of a SMASH beer (Single Malt And Single Hop) so this may be the way forward out of this brewing rut.

Is there anything that you do to ring the changes to get back brewing again or change your process for the better?

Brewery offline

Well, we’ve had another cellar flood, but this time it was bad. Really bad. Six inches deep of bad. The kind of bad where you don’t know what to do but stand in it in your wellies helping the Water Board help clean it up to stop the smell kind of bad. 

Suffice to say this was not a good month. This was a sewer water flood of epic proportions. Things have been damaged, we have the insurance sorting things out and a skip is arriving tomorrow to take things away before they disinfect the cellar. Again. There has, it is fair to say, not been much time to brew, and even if I did I have nowhere to put it to ferment. 

The brewing equipment is all fine but this has been a really horrible thing to happen.

On the bright side, a Munich Helles that I had brewed before the disaster turned out really well. A bit sweet I think (FG was a little high – longer ferment next time to get full attenuation) but tastes really good. I put it in a small keg in the fridge but in hindsight will probably bottle next time to get the right amount of carbonation.

I’m planning a saison next. Whenever that can or will be.

So the question this blog post is: 

Where would you brew if you had a mini disaster in your home brewery?

A new blog about homebrewing beer

Well, there has to be a start somewhere…

As every homebrew recipe starts with a style decision, so does this blog. I want this to be a record of where I started on my brewing journey and will probably be quite rough to start with. Mostly like my beer at the moment. Mostly it will be thoughts scribbled down as I wait for the mash to finish, or whilst continually checking on the airlock bubbling.

I started home brewing about 3 years ago with the birth of my daughter and started with kits (St Peter’s Ruby Ale) and then dabbled a little with extract with adjuncts. These first attempts were ok, but until I got the balance right with how I could fit this hobby in around being a parent for the first time – there was quite a pause until only a few weeks ago when I purchased a St Austell’s Proper Job extract kit from BrewUK. It got me hooked again into home brewing and led then to a few small all grain batches after that (German Wheat Beer styles) which have met with some success.

My kit is slowly expanding as I go along as and when funds permit. I am therefore starting to eye up various bits of kit.