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Utter twaddle. I’ve just been too busy earning a crust and refinancing my little world to post for a while, that’s all. That and the fact my new iPhone camera doesn’t work very well, doesn’t have a flash, and remarkably lacks both Bluetooth and removable media. It’s a great toy (you can even get brewing software on it created by a fellow UK beer forum bloke), but a crap camera. And phone, frankly.

Anyway, enough bush beating, here’s the latest. The Dark Garden was terrific and as such is long gone. The Pion Brew, Best Bitter and Stout are all finally on tap, although because the Boxshed is so damn cold, the two ales are suffering very badly from chill haze. The same can’t (because it’s simply impossible to tell) be said of the Stout, which as intended tastes terrific with a double port in the bottom of a cold pint.

In other news, thanks to borrowing some equipment off of Tom the microbrewer (he’s normal size you understand, but his plant currently churns out five barrels a pop) and some gratefully received elbow-grease as chance would have it, the APA is also now in 40 pint bottles and has just finished warm conditioning. Oh, plus various swingtops of random beers as well as Pickled Onions (which are great by the way, if you like ’em spicy) have been bundled off as Christmas gifts.

As soon as I work out what the hell Apple is playing at, I’ll post some photos of the current draft offerings and the bottles. If that doesn’t happen before Christmas, I wish you A Very Merry One.

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Sorry for the lack of photos this time round – I must have mislaid my camera somewhere between the shed and the house – normal service resumed one day soon I’m sure.

On 1st December we moved the Premium APA into secondary for a further week of fermentation and to drop clear before kegging. I tested the gravity at 1.018 from 1.058 which is spot on but rather surprising as I was resigned to the fact the Fermentis would break it down below the desired level and create a stronger brew than intended. As things have turned out, we’re very happy and unless anyone knows differently, will expect a final ABV of around 5.25%, which will probably be rounded up to 5.3% to take into account some natural priming.

I was also considering dry hopping this one with a further ounce of Cascade, but the sample I smelled and drank during transfer was pungent with hops and I feel will drink well as it stands. In a way I suppose I’m compromising in order not to create a beer so hoppy that it puts off as many people as it attracts, but I genuinely think the current bitterness, malt and aroma balance is worth conditioning and testing. I’ll let you know if I was right after the keg has been drained sometime in the New Year!

For now the APA is resting like a golden millpond. There is sufficient to fill the keg currently housing our Dark Garden, plus a further eight bottles or so which will be used for early testing (!), presents and perhaps future events.

 

*  On the same day we also kegged and bottled the Seasonal Stout, which had been lurking in secondary for long enough at 1.010 waiting for a clean keg. This dry Irish stout tasted superb out of secondary FV and frankly could be drunk with a nice port and a chunk of blue cheese without ever seeing a tap! So we have high hopes for this one, which also stretched to seven swing-top bottles for future sampling. Both the bottles and the keg were naturally primed with neutral glucose. They’ll now sit in the warm for a week before being shipped out to the Boxshed for conditioning, and tapping on Christmas Eve.

**  I found my camera – sadly a little late – but here are two resting shots anyway!

 

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