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Christmas ale brewday in pics

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The ingredients

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Hlt up to strike temp

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Filling mashtun with strike water

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Doughed in 🙂

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First runnings

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Pouring first runnings onto ‘brew’foil so as not to disturb the grain bed 🙂

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Incase you are wondering what ‘brew’foil is.  Here u go.  It is merely….foil.

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Fitting the sparge arm

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Sparge time!!!!

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Time for a sparge time 15% beer 🙂

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Highly recomended

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Adding hops to the boil

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Sanitizing the fermenter

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Nice aeration.  Plenty oxygen for the yeasties 🙂

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Bourbon soaked raisens added to the fermenter

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Chill time.  From almost boiling to 20degrees celcius in less than 20 minutes

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Yeast starter made up the day before

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1.070 original gravity

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In you go yeasties.  Enjoy 🙂

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BREWPIGS!!!!

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Job done 🙂 

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Brewery upgrade update

So last Saturday we placed our order for our new stainless steel 100litre HLT and our new stainless steel double insulated 78litre mash tun.  To say we are excited is a bit of an understatement.  The items are custom made to our own specific requirements and our HLT will be ready to collect this friday and the mash tun the following week. 

If you are a regular homebrewer using a plastic cool box and electrim plastic boilers then I’m sure you’ll understand the excitement of the imminent arrival of shiney brewing vessels.  Not to mention the capacity to triple our output.

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Our trusty old mashtun

So once the HLT is in place we are going to produce our final beer from our trusted 30 litre coolbox mashtun and make a christmas beer ready to bottle up and put away for the 2015 festivities.  Then when the new mashtun arrives a double 10 gallon batch of our optional hop pale ale will be made to christen the new ‘shiney’!! 

Im going to try and document our final brew on the old mashtun and do an updated post when the new mashtun arrives to give everyone a rundown on our brewery.  I may even begin doing some video reviews of first tastings of our homebrews.  I leave you with a picture of our optional hop pale ale and look forward to my next update on my brewing adventures.

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Optional hop pale ale

Going all out on the homebrew front

So, I know I dont really talk much about my passion for brewing my own craft beer.  Since there was always an abundance of ‘real ale’ available to buy in the UK,  I think my first foray into homebrewing with my brew buddy was more a case of trying it for the sake of just wanting to try making it.  I wasn’t even aware of what craft beer was at the time.  For us, real ale was the greatest thing out there, and we were going to make our own.  I remember our first brew like it was yesterday.  It was, looking back on it, hillarious.  After visiting our homebrew store and spending a couple of hundred pounds on a mash tun, a couple of plastic boilers and other beer making related utensils, a big bag of crushed grains, a packet or two of hops and some yeast  we were certain of our ability to produce an award winning English ale.  The guy that ran the homebrew shop did warn us that it will take us all day if we have never brewed all grain before. He even suggested trying a kit beer to begin with, but that was cheating to us.  It was the proper way or no way. So with a guarantee from the shop owner our first brew will fail we set off to my house, and by 10am we were like a pair of over enthusiastic 10 year olds on christmas morning, rigging our improvised gravity fed brewery up in my tiny kitchen.  Using the kitchen bench for the hot liquor tank, a stool for the mash tun.  And the boiler perched securely on the kitchen floor.  How could this fail we thought!!  Anyway, cut a long story short, 13 hours later there we were, tired, ratty, and stood out in the garden at 11pm trying to cool 23litres of wort down to a pitching temperature for the yeast.  Needless to say it was a complete disaster. 

Nowadays though we now operate out of waynes ‘state of the art’ brick built shed, using the same three vessels we originally bought.  Only with a few essential extras, like a wort chiller!!  We now make beer in around 5-6hours from start to finish.  Recently we discovered our love for genuine craft beer and it’s our mission to create delicious craft beer of our own. 

Our last two brews have been a most certain success.  We have brewed a most delicious IPA. Packed full of delicious tropical aromas and fruit flavours from simcoe hops.

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The result is delicious and everyone thats tried it are blown away.  Needless to say our passion and drive has gone through the roof and determined to help educate and teach people about the joy of true craft beer, we have given ourself a 12 month plan to hopefully turn our beer making into a business. 

So you can expect more posts on our homebrewing of craft beer shenanigans from now on,  as that is what is going to take up most of my time. Of course I’ll still be posting the odd review or two of great beers i get to try.  I hope you enjoy.