Saturday, July 22, 2006

Brew Number 17: Needle Chocolate Stout

Brew Number 16: ANZAC Amber Ale

Brew Number 15: Simpsons Donkey IPA

Brew Number 14: Hayes Creek Pilsner

Friday, May 26, 2006

Play Rugby Kids!

I love this game.

Friday, May 19, 2006

This site is a good source of ideas for beer labels.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Chocolate Stout Time

Brew Weekend Coming Up! I'm putting down a Lindt Chocolate Stout based on the following couple of recipes. I'll decide on the day how I'll finalise it all.

PoMo's Chocolate Wheaton Stout".

Mini mash:
1Kg wheat malt (or however much I have left - for thick head and grain
100g cara aroma (350EBC)
200g Caramunich III (for a toffee taste and creamy mouthfeel)
500g Pale Ale malt (just to use up old stock)

In the boil:
Mini Mash sweet wort (above)
500g of DME
15g Tettnanger (as it's all I have except for Saaz) 40 mins
At flame out I'll add 200g of dark compounded cooking chocolate.
Might add some (100g or so) brown sugar too.

In the fermenter:
Above plus 1.7Kg can of Coopers Stout.

I'm not going to be using the Coopers Stout, but I am only doing a partial mash. I'll be using Irish Ale Yeast (WPL004). Aroung 100 to 150g of Lindt Dark Dark Chocolate will be thrown in about 15 minutes from flame out as well.

I'll be bottling this bastard, as I want it for the cold winter nights so I dont have to go outside to the tap.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pure Fucking GOLD!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Beer Labels

During the week I was poking around site on my lunch break and stumbled across the deadset genius work of AHB member Franko who has the ability to create some of the best beer labels I've seen from nothing (more and more). Combine that with the couple of sites posted in this thread and I was quite inspired.

As I had a bit of time on my hands today, I decided to dust off the old photoshop and give a couple of labels a burl. I created a basic desgin based on Franko's Pilsner label and adjusted it so that I can simply add details as needed. I put a bit more into the ANZAC Amber Ale, as I didn't want that to be as light-hearted. Anyway, behold...

Hayes Creek Pilsener:
Hayes Creek Pilsner.jpg

Simpsons Donkey IPA:
Simpsons Donkey IPA.jpg

ANZAC Amber Ale:
Anzac Amber Ale.jpg

Work has a rip snorter of a colour printer, so it'll get a workout tommorrow.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

ESB Fresh Wort Kits

I seem to be going through my stocks of beer quicker that I seem to be brewing them. Whilst I rarely run out, the beer I am forced to put on tap is a little green and unmatured. I've got a great house, as in each room, there is a trapdoor that opens up a space underneath the floorboards. In winter the temperature down there is a fairly constant 8 to 10°C so I can take advantage of at least some degree of cold conditioning.

In order to get my levels of beer up, I have fallen back on a couple of extract brews, one of which is the fresh Amber Ale Wort from ESB. It is just a dilution with 5 liters of water and throw in a good quality yeast.

The other good thing about these worts is that they come in what is essentially a fifteen litre fermenter. A perfect size for splitting a brew into two batches for the addition of fruit or fancy beers I want to try. Therefore, I've been keeping an eye out for recipes. I picked up one on AHB today which seems to be the type of thing I'm looking for.

Other options are a couple of Stouts and Porters. Sweet, Sweet Porter.....

Mum! I Want a Light Sabre*!

This is good

Found on VideoSift

*Is it light sabre, light-sabre or lightsabre?