Category: What’s Brewing

Find out what we are brewing, drinking and what projects we have on the go about the place

In defence of beer judges

I’ve been umming and ahhing about posting anything for over a week now but I feel I need to get this off my chest. After every beer competition, I regularly see comments about how the judges are wrong, how a

Ace / Klarstein / Hopcat brew day June 2017

  Start to finish brew day using the Ace / Klarstein microbrewery. Starting with how to set up the program we go all the way through to getting your beer into a fermenter Here I was brewing a test batch

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London Competition 2017

Yesterday was the 2017 London And South East Craft Brewing Competition, one of the three major homebrewing events on the UK calendar. For the second year running I was there as a judge, and as an entrant. This competition is

The strange online community of beer, brewers and homebrewers

One of the things that makes homebrewing in the Internet age such fun is the wonderful online community of brewers. The hobby is absolutely thriving online and it doesn’t matter what part of the hobby you are a part of,

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How to add vanilla to a beer you are brewing

Last year, I brewed a Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter and it was a lovely beer. As I am in the middle of brewing a batch of this beer again, I thought this would be a good time to demonstrate  how

Understanding beer and hop bitterness basics

Whilst I am not always active here on the blog, I am very active on social media and especially Facebook. I am honoured to be a part of the admin team for the UK Craft Beer Network and the associated

Parti-gyle remash brewing

  It’s been a busy weekend. For the first time since I started all grain brewing years ago, I have 3 fermenters full of fermenting beer at once. Several years ago was the last time I had 3 on the

Making a sparge arm for a 28L Thermos coolbox mash tun

  There are several things I have been wanting to do for a while to help dial in my system and to make brew days, simpler and easier. One of these brew DIY tasks was to make a sparge arm

Brewing the Not A Porter

As happens quite often, I found myself with grains I wanted to use up and time to brew a batch. I had done several fruity and pale beers so fancied something a bit different for a change. Something fuller flavoured

Brewing the Daft Cat ESB

Brewday again and this time I was looking to do something less fruity and more in line with a basic English Bitter. I started out with a recipe for a basic brown ale and made a few twists and changes