Saufbruder and a home brew expo

Saufbruder and a home brew expo

Since I visited Munich a few years ago I fell into German beers in a big way. Whilst there is no denying that I enjoy hoppy, bitter, juicy and dank beers to be found from some of the best craft breweries – there is something about German beers that I keep coming back to time and again as both a […]

Don’t forget to string your hops!

Don’t forget to string your hops!

It’s that time of year again when I nearly forget to string my Hallertauer hops at the allotment. Looks like I only just managed to catch then this week before they got a bit too keen to work their way up the posts. The weather has really seen them shoot up: There are far too many bines so the aim is to train […]

Harvesting HopsĀ 

Harvesting HopsĀ 

It’s nearly harvest time and the hop cones are getting papery and yellow with lupulin. I’m really chuffed with how well the Hallertauer has grown for its first year. I’ll definitely have enough for a brew day (either green hopped or I may try to dry some). I’ve tried 10 cones in a hop tea leaving them steep for an […]

Growing Hops

Growing Hops

I have an allotment and at the suggestion of my dad, I have just ordered and planted two hop rhizomes to take up the space from the raspberry plants we had taken out (too leggy and a bit past their best). I decided on one Hallertauer and one First Gold / Prima Donna. I really like the German noble hops […]

Saison Tasting Notes

After a week carbonating in the bottle and cooled in the fridge before serving, the Saison is ready!   Good colour and aroma. Very dry finish and a good head, but this doesn’t last too long. It needs quite an aggressive pour to get that head, so there is likely to be more yet to get out of carbonation.  It […]

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 […]