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I’m sorry Tim – I’ve been so busy with one thing or another, that I neglected your beer during fermentation, and despite moving it to a secondary, I seem to have cocked it up entirely.

From John Palmer:

“When a yeast cell dies, it ruptures – releasing several off-flavors into the beer. When you have a large yeast mass on the bottom of the fermenter, you have a large potential for off-flavors due to autolysis. If this ever happens to you, you will know it… …at a minimum, a beer that has experienced autolysis will have a burnt rubber taste and smell and will probably be undrinkable. At worst it will be unapproachable.”

Bugger, bugger, bugger.

We’ll brew it again.

One fermenter seemed more badly affected than the other, so I’ve kegged up the better batch with some spray malt priming, more out of sentimental hope than anything else. The rest has sadly gone down the drain.

This is a bit of a blow, because it’s the first ever batch – even from the days of kits – that has been ditched. Too much work and no time at the weekends to look after brews – what’s the world coming to?

Silenus! Why have you forsaken us?

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No new brewday reports must signal that it’s time to start planning the next brew. We also need to plan keg and bottle capacity with the Christmas break in mind. It’s been a hectic year away from the Boxshed, and we’re looking forward to a nice chunk of downtime over the Christmas holiday. We’re plotting to get on a bit of a cooking and pickling buzz too, so we need a few beers on tap to offer anyone popping over for some seasonal cheer.

We’ll reserve our keg of Timmy’s Original for December, and perhaps some Dark Garden too, but will be tapping the Brown Corduroys this weekend and drinking it over forthcoming Bonfire nights. Ideally we’ll brew twice more over the next three weeks to create a Boxshed Dry Irish Stout ’09 (yummy with port!), plus an-all new Premium Pale Ale, maybe with a twist.

This means paying bills for old supplies and restocking with Marris Otter and one or two other speciality malts, ordering up some liquid yeast and preparing a starter for the stout, fixing two poppet valves in two faulty kegs, getting hold of some new sanitisers, cleaning a lot of bottles and other vessels, devising a new recipe for a fun pale, and seeing the Timmy’s Original safely into kegs.

All we’ve managed to do this weekend however is move the Timmy’s Original from primary fermenters to clean secondaries. It reached 1.012 with no problems, looks clear, smells great and just needs to be cared for this week prior to racking. Dry-hopping is also an (unlikely) option, but we’ll update if we go take that route.

In the meantime, for no good reason, here are a couple of photos of the Timmy’s transfer, leaving all that once-frenzied trub nicely behind.

PS – There’s an Autumn beer and cider festival going down every day this week at The White Horse, Edwardstone, Suffolk, culminating in a blue grass shindig on Hallloween itself. If you’re in the area, you really ought to pop over there for a pint or six. Here’s the brew list.

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This is a bit of an unusual Brewday Update bonanza, so undoubtedly we’ll now forget to post for weeks, but we finally discovered why there was no photo of the Styrian hops being thrown in to steep for yesterday’s brewday – I’d taken a video clip instead, then only half remembered doing it.

So here are a couple of slightly embarrassing clips of me fiddling with the Boxshed Timmy’s Original while listening to 6Music (which, by the way, always gets a lonely mention on the brewsheets under the ‘assistant brewer’ column!)

Remember everyone, never drink and brew (too much, anyhow) – there’s every chance you’ll spill either the refreshing pint or the boiling brew. And who’d want to waste a glass of BHJ?


First up, it’s the obligatory rolling boil following the addition of the chiller, auxiliary finings and late hops:



And finally the missing Styrians, in to steep. These always smell a treat, and should lift the aroma finish of Timmy’s Original:

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The morning after the brewday before is always a mixture of grogginess and excitement. Tired, but happy at the malt and hop aromas seeping from the Boxshed, we’re still waiting for that explosive fermentation S-04 brings, but pleased to see plenty of bubbles a-rising.

Here are the remaining photos from the session, following the mash. It was good fun, as all hoppy recipes are. All went well once again, which is great as long as we’re not storing up fortune for a gigantic cock-up somewhere along the line! But hey, nothing stuck or broke, we didn’t drop anything in the wort, and we ended up hitting our target of 1.046 and securing 50L of the good stuff in two fermenters.

Can’t ask for more than that really:


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Brew on!

It’s a Wednesday night brewday here at The Boxshed, and we’re brewing up a beer that’s been in the planning for yonks now. Boxshed Timmy’s Original is a special concoction created specially for our pal Tim. He likes drinking beer, so we asked him if he’d like us to make him gallons of the stuff to his own taste just for the hell of it. Unsurprisingly he was pretty keen on the whole plan, so we’ve been messing around with BeerSmith for a while now tailoring the perfect recipe. Today it all came together, and there seemed no good reason not to get the whole shebang underway as soon as possible. Which was about 6pm today. It’s all good so far.

Tim used to love the old Flowers Original draught recipe, so the first thing we did was think about the hops. We ordered a load of Target hops from Craftbrewer down in Oz. Powerful Target coppers featured in both Flowers Original and IPA, as far as anyone can tell. I can’t recommend Craftbrewer enough actually – get a big order together to make the postage worthwhile, and go for it, you won’t regret it. Anyway, Tim is also a bit of a hophead when choosing beers at festivals, as well as a Best Bitter fan, so we planned more Target in the boil than Flowers ever would have used, in order to up the edge. We also decided to add a much bigger chunk of Styrians at the end to steep, then factored in a hefty addition of our own favourite aroma hop, East Kent Goldings, right in the middle of the whole beer soup. Selfish, huh?

To get a robust Best without too much caramel taste, we opted for a blend of four malts, including Patent, and went easy on the Crystal. A 90 minute 65-66 degree mash seemed to make sense, followed by two large equal batch sparges and plenty of runnings. The boil would also be 90 minutes, with an addition of glucose, and those three rounds of hops. SafAle S-04 would do fine for a rapid fermentation, rehydrated in sweet wort from the mashtun.

Anyway, the mash is on, we’ll see…

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