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by bellebouche
Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Wild hops - new find.

Brief status update. Primary is just about done. Beer has fermented out well. Good colour, clarity. Aroma? Pear and black currant notes are certainly there but far more muted than expected. I expect them to lift a little when it's carbed up. So, just to make sure I'm going to dry hop with 3g/l Seymo...
by bellebouche
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Wild hops - new find.

How did you calc the AA% Basically you don't. If they are green bine they are generally a lower alpha hop, Red bine higher. Yeah. Wild guess and just something I punched into my brew software when I added the big-cohona to my database. It's irrelevant really until I taste the beer. Looking forward ...
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Wild hops - new find.

Oatmeal Ale?! Why not! I'll explain. I was trying to think of the qualities that oats bring to something like a stout. I wanted a dry beer that'll finish well - looking for good attenuation without a lot of body form a lot of crystal. So, thought I'd give a small amount of plain oatmeal a go in this...
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Wild hops - new find.

Not that I can personally go there, but can you identify the coordinates on Google Maps for us, just out of curiosity? I'd love to check-out the "terroir." Sure. That's the google streetcar view from about 4 M in front of where I got the plant. Zoom out to the map to see the lie of the land . My ho...
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Re: Wild hops - new find.

Time for an update... I dried them, vac packed and then just last weekend got round to brew with them. Here's what I did. Oat Pale Ale (English IPA) Original Gravity (OG): 1.050 (°P): 12.4 Final Gravity (FG): 1.013 (°P): 3.3 Alcohol (ABV): 4.91 % Colour (SRM): 9.7 (EBC): 19.1 Bitterness (IBU): 29....
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Fullers yeast
Replies: 16
Views: 2693

Re: Odp: Fullers yeast

How about bottle stability? I have bad experience with bottled beers fermented by Fuller's strain from Wyeast. It was always overcarbonated after 6 - 8 weeks and lost all these nice flavours it had initially. That's an interesting point. I've no access to the Wyeast variant... only culturing up fro...
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: AG#1 - Triple Spuduliet
Replies: 8
Views: 967

Re: AG#1 - Triple Spuduliet

Good write up. Good pics, good walk through of a brewday! Well done! All your lessons learned are valid ones... rest assured that when you're thirty-something brews in you'll still be picking up new things! It's about the journey - not the destination. Enjoy that beer and onwards and upwards to your...
by bellebouche
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mitch Steele - IPA
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Mitch Steele - IPA

I'd ordered this from the USA a few weeks ago and via a convoluted route (Zurich, Switzerland!) it's made its way to France at last. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8040/8049785414_5c2bcf0b98_z.jpg I've already accumulated a reasonable body of books (and other literature) on IPAs but this was a must-h...
by bellebouche
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Fullers yeast
Replies: 16
Views: 2693

Re: Fullers yeast

Posting here... to an old thread because the overall tenet is that the fullers yeast might be troublesome to cultivate? not so... From a fresh bottle, into a 1020 starter it spins up on a stir plate exceptionally well to give exceptional results. It's flocculant, good attenuation and lots of classic...
by bellebouche
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: "Old" American IPA
Replies: 11
Views: 1758

Re: "Old" American IPA

Excellent thread. I've twice now hydrated up a batch of raw corn kernels and pressure cooked them to gelatinise them and then run out of time to get a brew on.

So, the corn went to the chickens and geese and I've yet to get a corn influenced APA. Soon, soon.
by bellebouche
Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Wild hops - new find.
Replies: 18
Views: 2573

Wild hops - new find.

I'm blessed with some old hop plantations here abouts that have long since been left fallow. This has (in previous years) given me monster hauls of hops ... far more than I can reasonably use but nevertheless I do still go and pick some for my small scale use here. The majority of what I get are muc...
by bellebouche
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Winter IPA
Replies: 17
Views: 1924

Re: Winter IPA

... and some followup. My last pint of this... and some tasting notes after it'd had some bottle conditioning time. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8019345223_20bfd42bb7_c.jpg Winter IPA by adrianfoden , on Flickr So. IPA's. I don't always brew them but when I do - very happy with the results. Th...
by bellebouche
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Malterie Franco-Belges, Pithiviers.
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: Malterie Franco-Belges, Pithiviers.

Ahh.. right - they will deal with you at the factory door so if you're mobile you can make an appointment to rock up and collect just a sack. They're a little slow. You need to fill in an order form, it gets packed/picked for you and left on a pallet for collection at a fixed time. takes about a wee...
by bellebouche
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: My first AIPA
Replies: 17
Views: 1032

Re: My first AIPA

Odd flavour? If you care to expand?

My guess is mineral imbalance, yeast, temp control etc. Unlikely to be a bit of wheat I'd have thought.
by bellebouche
Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Chimay Yeast
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Chimay Yeast

Bought some chimay rouge this week, it had a 2016 expiry... so lots of life in the dregs I should think. I know that waitrose used to carry it when I was last in England... their turnover should be enough to get a bottle with a little life in it.