Hey Everyone, Apologies for not posting for what looks like a whole month??! I've been pretty slack., in my down time, I've had sometime to think about this blog, what I post about and and I go about posting it etc.
i need more pictures, and I've also decided to delay posts regarding recipes until the tasting, so at that point there will be a Recipe post, with tasting notes, and anything else interesting. I'll attempt to keep things interesting, to talk about the main things rearding brewing; hops, yeast water, and malt. so there may be some lag time between posts, but I will be making a concerted effort to post and make it interesting. (Pictures are interesting right?)
onto my update, I took a taste of my SJPORR Challange 2014 beer tonight, very promising, still slightly undercarbed, so I'm assuming it will get a little better in the next 2 weeks or so. The Whickey/Borubon flavour is prominent, with a slight oak vanilla type flavour in the background. My only issue is a lack of body/malt flavour. But I will post a proper review when its ready to go. Bottled 24x 500ml and 24x 330ml bottles, so plenty of bottles to ensure enoguh for the challenge.
Looking through the website, theres a good range of beers, and the 'Muricans have started their reviews. I won't give too much away at this point.
Next I brewed a 100% Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Trois (WLP644), which as I mentioned above, once completed a recipe along with tasting (I brewed up a storm with Oli, who has a 40litre system). All I'll say is it's promising, as 100%Primary Brett fermentation, have a tendancy to behavethe same way as a normal Sacc Yeast. In the down time between this post and the Official tasting (It's still in the fermenter) If I'm not too slack I'll make some comments regardign Brett yeast and some links to other blogs or websites, who have a pretty good description.
lastly, I'll be revisiting some recipes, as the wedding is 18 months away I feel I should try to nail down some proper recipes for it, and get to a point where me and Pip are happy with the beer.
All I know is there will be 4 styles of beer brewed, these are just basic guidelines at this stage, as I'm yet to really nail a good recipe.
1- Barleywine. I'll plan to put a bottle on each table, as it has the name wine in it, i figured, those who don't fancy a white or red wine, can have a beer, with the same contact as wine.
2- A darker Beer, suitable for the Handpull Beer engine. this is for my father, the brew guys, and of course any english family who come along.
3- A nice hoppy IPA. Enough Said.
4- this is an open category, I've been told something light and easy to drink. some of the stuff i've already brewed are: Blonde ale, Belgian Pale Ale. some other options I though of were a Cali Common, american Wheat, Pilsner (this make some sense, due to the time frame involved in making a pils. although it wouldn't be easy to brew 2 kegs of the stuff, because of the fermenting process)
anyways that enough rambling frome me. cathc you next time
Oh, I'll also be posting reviews on my blog of the SJ PORR Beers, for those who've entered.