The beer next beer is ...Posted by Richard Marshall 13 Dec, 2013 13:01:56
The next beer will be ... well I was going to call it 'Chapter House'.
But somehow this doesn't seem quite right for this seasonal ale. Having
scratched my brains a bit and researched other beer names, I've now
decided it will be 'Wassail'. This is a pun on the ancient Anglo-Saxon shout of
'wassail' meaning good health or good cheer. And of course there are the
various wassail songs for this time of year. I'm just about to bottle
the beer, which is warm and seasonal for you to can enjoy in company,
raise your glass and cry "Wassail!".
On sale nowPosted by Richard Marshall 02 Dec, 2013 17:19:15
Harvest Time is now on sale in Hampstead Norreys Community Shop
On sale nowPosted by Richard Marshall 01 Dec, 2013 11:59:14
'Harvest Time' is a traditional ale made to celebrate the autumn. The Maris Otter Pale Malt and Crystal Malt give the the rich colour and luscious flavour with Northdown hops for bitterness and East Kent Goldings for the aroma. It's bottle conditioned so there is a trace of yeast but I've kept the conditioning quite low so that the beer is lightly carbonated.Goes well with
Enjoy Harvest Time on its own, with roast meats and in company with friends.
Now on sale in Cold Ash Post Office & Store Hermitage Post Office & Store Harvest Time on the shelves at Cold Ash PO
NOW ON SALE AT The Lamb, Holloway Road, London
Brewery newsPosted by Richard Marshall 30 Nov, 2013 19:27:37
It's been an interesting few months setting up my new brewery but the most challenging was adapting to the new, larger equipment. I've been used to brewing about 20 L each time with large buckets and various bits of kit that I've built myself. Now I've got a 100 L plant so things are quite different. Two key challenges have been heating enough water to turn it into brewing liquor. I have to do this so that the mash is at the right pH. The boiler I have is just a bit small, so I'll have to either get a larger one or treat the water some other way. The other challenge is actually cleaning everything up afterwards! It just takes longer than it used to. But I'm gradually get a system going so it should become routine.
As I've taught food science at degree level for some years, I had great fun making the HACCP plan for the brewery and putting into practice what I've been teaching. Those of you who know about food safety systems will know what I mean. It paid off because the hygiene inspector (EHO) gave it the thumbs up.
Here's a picture of the main brewing kit:
On top is the hot liquor tank that feeds into the mash tun on the right. On the left is the copper, where the wort is boiled. The yellow hosepipes feed cold water to and from the heat exchanger. I'm using rainwater for this and recycle it back to the storage tanks so it doesn't get wasted.
The beer next beer is ...Posted by Richard Marshall 30 Nov, 2013 17:58:43
The next beer will be 'Chapter House'. This is in keeping with Hermitage and possible links to Reading Abbey and other ancient religious houses. I'm trying to create a warm, seasonal beer that you can enjoy in company rather like the monks of old would sit in the Chapter House to talk about everyday things. It will have a touch of seasonal fruitiness in the background that will remind you of the good smells of Christmas time.
This ale is made from Warminster Pale Malt and Chocolate malt. The First Gold hops provide the characteristic bitterness and then I've use a double measure of Progress hops at the end of the boil to give the more fruity aromas. It's fermenting well now, though it has got a little colder than I would have liked. In about 2 days time, the green beer will be transferred to the maturation vessel and I'll be adding some orange zest to bring out the fruitiness.
It will be in bottle in about 10 days time (10th December) and on sale from 16th. Look out for it in Cold Ash and Hermitage stores.
Here's the beer being made - sparging the wort at the end of mashing. Nearly had a disaster because my camera got very steamed up!