Thought-y Brews.

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Apologies if this is a boring, self-indulgent post, but I thought I’d catalogue the brewing development and some of the thought process behind my beers and their names.  I started brewing back in May 2014, after a fair bit of research and procrastination, and have now completed 40 brew days, here’s what I’ve been up to.

 

Name: AG Saison 1 Inspiration: One reason to start brewing was not having great access to beers like Saison duPont, so I thought I’d have a go myself. How hard can it be? Brewing Development: Single malt and single (SMaSH) hop recipe. Using a yeast that wouldn’t be affected by lack of temperature control.
Style: Saison
Name: Accidental BBB Inspiration: The intended name for this was Cascade IPA, based on Goose Island (when it was good). Due to little knowledge of hopping schedule and rates, it result in BBB (boring brown beer). Brewing Development: Inclusion of speciality malt (10% Crystal) and late boil hopping.
Style: IPA/Bitter
Name: Earl Grey Inspiration: Marble Earl Grey IPA. Although not a clone of, but inspired to use Tea in beer. Brewing Development: Refinement of previous brew, plus the addition of Earl Grey Tea.
Style: Pale Ale
Name: Small Beer Inspiration: Beers like Kernel Table Beer and Buxton Jacobs Ladder and wanting something light for a ‘school’ night. Brewing Development: Dry hopping and adding Wheat Malt to grist for head retention and mouthfeel. Temperature control on fermentation.
Style: Table Beer
Name: Elderflower Saison Inspiration: A love of Elderflower, boosted by learning I could brew with it through drinking Darkstar Hylder and Saison Cazeau. Brewing Development: More complex grist than Saison 1. Also used temperature control to ramp temperature up through fermentation.
Style: Saison
Name: Polaris IPA Inspiration: Tasting Polaris hop at a Kernel meet the brewer. Also, continue the quest to brew something hoppy. Brewing Development: Use of only First Wort, Late hopping to achieve desired bitterness.
le: IPA
Name: Weisse Kiwi Inspiration: Wanted to brew a slightly hoppy wheat beer, similar to Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfenweisse, using a NZ Pacific Jade hop for its Peppery and Fruity flavour. Brewing Development: No real development. Putting what I’d learnt into brewing a different beer style.
Style: Hopfenweisse
Name: Herkulean Stout Inspiration: Wanted to brew a Stout, and also to modify it post fermentation to create four different beers (Original, Vanilla Stout, Oak Aged and Chilli Stout). Brewing Development: The use of dark grains, and Oats to modify mouthfeel. Aging in secondary with other flavourings. Mash pH adjustment.
Style: Foreign Extra Stout.
Name: Best Bitter Inspiration: Classic English Best Bitter. Brewing Development: Experimented with Mash hopping.
Style: Bitter
Name: Hoppy Red Ale Inspiration: It was December, a darker yet hoppy beer felt appropriate. Brewing Development: Hop steeping at end of boil. Refinement of technique, mainly through tweaking the way I sparge.
Style: American Amber
Name: Little Earl Grey Inspiration: An amalgamation of previous recipes (Earl Grey and Small Beer). Brewing Development: Experimented with No Sparge, full volume mashing. Resolved previous carbonation issues by accounting for beer temperature when bottle priming.
Style: Pale Ale
Name: Remnants APA Inspiration: Using up the odds and ends of hops and grain. Also, a desire to brew that, so far elusive, classically hoppy American Pale Ale. Brewing Development: Refinement of recipe formulation. First use of water adjustment.
Style: American Pale Ale
Name: Gumball Inspiration: Read a review of 3Floyds Gumball Head and wanted to brew something in its style. Brewing Development: Improved fermentation temp. control with newly built brew fridge.
Style: American Wheat
Name: Citra Inspiration: Hoppy modern cask beer in a bottle. Basically wanted to brew Oakham Citra. Brewing Development: Crash cooling post fermentaion to aid clarity.
Style: British Pale Ale.
Name: Wallonia (Cranachan, Wild Wallonia) Inspiration: Reading Farmhouse Ales (Phil Markowski) inspired me to put what I had learnt from the book into a glass. I also wanted to split this beer into batches and ferment one on Raspberries and sour the other with wild yeast. Brewing Development: Improved recipe formulation. First use of liquid yeast, and making a starter. First fermentation with fruit. First us of a secondary yeast.
Style: Saison
Name: Little Earl Grey II Inspiration: Improving on the previous Little Earl Grey recipe. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: Pale Ale
Name: Citra II Inspiration: Improving on the previous Citra recipe. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: British Pale Ale.
Name: Tesselation Inspiration: Drinking Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA and reading about Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, inspired this Anglo-American Pseudo continuously hopped IPA using Mosaic hops. Brewing Development: Used yeast harvested from the previous brew. Experimented with incrementally timed hop additions each giving the same IBUs.
Style: IPA
Name: Choc Hobnob Porter Inspiration: Felt like a good time to brew another dark beer. Brewing Development: Experimented with toasting oats.
Style: Porter
Name: Florist Gump. Inspiration: Had a number of American hop varieties that all shared floral notes (Cascade, Ahtanum and Cluster). Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: American IPA
Name: Sint Barnabas Dubbel Inspiration: The first of a trio of Belgian beer, all fermented using a commercially available strain of the yeast used at the Rochefort Trappiste Brewery. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Name: Steinobst Weizen Inspiration: Another brewing book read, another brew inspired. This time Brewing With Wheat (Stan Hieronymus). Steinobst (german :stonefruit) alludes to the use of Apricots in this beer. Brewing Development: Step mashing to add a Protein and also a Ferrulic Acid rest to the mash schedule. Fruit used late in the boil.
Style: Weizen
Name: Sint Barnabas Extra Inspiration: The second of a trio of Belgian beer, all fermented using a commercially available strain of the yeast used at the Rochefort Trappiste Brewery. Brewing Development: Use of spices in the boil.
Style: Patersbier
Name: Sint Barnabas Houblon Inspiration: The first of a trio of Belgian beer, all fermented using a commercially available strain of the yeast used at the Rochefort Trappiste Brewery. Loose clone of deRanke XX Bitter. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Name: Breakfast Inspiration: Tea, Toast and Marmalade, in a low ABV beer. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: American Pale Ale
Name: Phoenix Bitter Inspiration: An easy quaffing English Bitter for drinking with family over Christmas. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: Bitter
Name: 1P Halley Inspiration: I won some Comet hops from a Simplyhops.com competition, hence the reference to Halley’s Comet in the name, officially designated 1P/Halley. Comet>Space>Black. 1P> IP >IPA. Black IPA. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: Black IPA
Name: Top Deck Inspiration: I wanted to brew a Lager. As a child in the 80s I used to enjoy Top Deck Lager and Lime. So it had to be a low(ish) ABV Lager with notes of Lime. Brewing Development: Lager fermentation including Diacetyl Rest and long Lagering at low temperature.
Style: Helles/India Hopped Lager
Name: Little Earl Grey III Inspiration: Improving on the previous Little Earl Grey recipe. Brewing Development: Experimenting with higher mash temperatures and adding Lactose to raise FG.
Style: Pale Ale
Name: La Santa Maria Inspiration: Brew number 32 and I’d realised I’d not brewed a big American IPA with loads of C hops. That needed to change. La Santa Maria, largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage to the Americas. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: American IPA
Name: Apres Deux Ans Inspiration: Two year anniversary of homebrewing, so it was time to revisit SmaSH Saison, ‘after two years’ my prefered Saison yeast is WY3711 French Saison, so the name had to be Apres Deux Ans. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: American IPA
Name: Orange Mivvi Pale Inspiration: Omnipollo/Buxton Ice Cream Pale Ale. Another childhood memory of Orange Mivvi Ice Lollies. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice.
Style: American Pale Ale
Name: Blue Sky Drinking Inspiration: A variation on Little Earl Grey III recipe after being given a Grapefruit infused version of Earl Grey Tea. Brewing Development: Kegged into EasyKeg as well as bottles.
Style: Pale Ale
Name: Gartenstraße/

Cranachan

Inspiration: Laziness. Why do two brewdays when you can do one, and ferment it two ways. One wort, split between Kolsch yeast and Saison Yeast. The Saison then fermented with Rasperries and Honey. Brewing Development: Split fermentation.
Style: Kolsch/Saison
Name: Sint Barnabas Extra II Inspiration: Again a beer influenced by Buxton brewery, their Patersbier is fantastic and makes me want to brew mine better. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice. Recipe formulation.
Style: Patersbier
Name: Chyorny Monakh Inspiration: Time to brew big & get a beer above 10% ABV. I wanted to brew a RIS, and had a large volume of healthy Trappiste yeast from the previous brew. So a Belgian Imperial Stout was the result. Chyorny Monakh, russian for Black Monk. Brewing Development: No new developments, brewing big is a challenge in itself.
Style: Imperial Stout
Name: Of European Extraction Inspiration: Having never brewed an Extract brew, thought it might be a good to try as a way to do small hop trials.  The name is a nod to the European roots of American brewing. Brewing Development: New technique. Recipe formulation.
Style: American Pale Ale
Name: Gumball Rallied Inspiration: A revisiting of Gumball, putting gained experience into an old recipe. Brewing Development: No new developments, putting all new techniques into practice. Recipe formulation.
Style: American Wheat

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