Abandoned by my siblings yet again for Christmas it was unlikely that I would be able to last until their arrival over the new year in the sole company of the Earl and Countess of Mendlesham. Given a couple of dubious bags of Marris Otter from an unknown date (possibly even the remains of the wedding malts) still hanging around on a shed floor covered in a mixture of eggs, pig slurry, and chicken manure, it really was about time they were either thrown on the compost heap or put to a more noble cause!
My records remain on the farm, but I believe the recipe was something very simple like:
Brew length: 23 Litre
Malt: 5kg Marris Otter mashed for 90 mins at 67 degrees and batch sparged
Hop Schedule: 40g East Kent Goldings for 60 mins / 20g EKG for 30 mins / 15g EKG for 10 mins
I believe this was the first recipe I had made up with absolutely no external inspiration and was simply a result of what was available. It was a delight to brew using Q’s mashtun, though I am certain my beer will not be in his league. I put down two brews in two days and once fermentation was complete I transferred the brews to secondaries before returning to Oxford and had been unable to return home until now.
With the return of my brothers Studders and (Fen)Dog Collar for Easter I had a supply of free labour for the irksome process of bottling close to 100 beers. I was gutted to find that many of the bottles that family had been collecting for me for a while were in pretty bad shape. Anyway, we were able to snap into action something of a production line and take care of them all in little time.
I returned the next day for the scheduled bottling of Trenchfoot’s APA, his solo (and first) all grainer. Reasons for extremely low attenuation to a final gravity of 1.020, I will leave to him to surmise. How he managed to produced a beer that was quite so cloudy again I do not know but I was somewhat uncertain as to the wisdom of bottling a beer in this state. Anyway, now we have done it and having done some reading since I see perhaps making use of a cold crash might make sense for improving the quality of future brews. Guess we better get on with them then.