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Fermentation all seems to be going well. We’re using SafAle US-05 to make a clean golden ale with hops cutting through the finish. The downside is that fermentation is never particularly spectacular with this particular yeast strain, and it isn’t highly flocculant, so not the best for bottling. Worth the extra care and a period in secondary for the crisper taste though.

We named it Boxshed Snow Drop for a few reasons. Outside the Boxshed the actual snow has now gone but the snowdrops are all coming through. We also have a little white Pekin hen called Snowdrop who is the only one of our birds to have laid through the cold Winter. But mainly, it should prove to be a nice Drop to have while watching the next deluge of Snow!

It’s a pretty selfish recipe, to be honest designed to be drunk by a motivated brewer! It’s over 90% pale malt and uses Target and Northdown as copper hops, with favourites East Kent Goldings and Mount Hood as aroma and steeping additions, all in large measures.

We went for a shorter brew length this time to enable a more vigorous boil without too much mess. A three stage batch sparge began with a cool mash and ended with a hot mash out. Sadly we lost a few litres to the copper when the pelleted hops swamped the hopstopper completely, but still managed to stow away 40 litres or so at the target gravity of 1.047. We’re hoping for a brew in the 4.4 – 4.6 ABV range.

Fermentation is taking place at the cooler end of the recommended scale at around 66-68 degrees, and we’ll test for progress towards 1.012 on Monday.

Really looking forward to drinking this one!



*EDIT: Checked progress on Monday after a pretty unspectacular fermentation to discover that both bins are already down to 1.013. That US-05 is a strange old yeast, but very effective! Brew looks pale and cloudy. We’ll leave it a little while longer and then transfer into secondary fermenters later this week to get rid of some of that yeast and trub and give it a chance to drop a bit clearer.


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Blimey, the Boxshed is finally brewing again!

It’s been quite some time but this first brewday of 2010 will be a premium pale ale with plenty of hops, just how we like it.

Quite exciting really, so there’ll be more updates later, and hopefully a beer or two to fuel the brewer in the cold old shed…

It was really difficult to get a brew on after such a long hiatus and such a disappointment last time out. There was also Christmas and all those snow days to contend with between brews, which made it seem even longer (and the Boxshed colder and less inviting). Remember back when you were small and you spent the whole summer holidays riding bikes, climbing trees and making mud pies only to discover when back in school in September that you couldn’t even remember how to hold a pen? Well it’s a bit like that. Only with snowballs not mud pies. And a brewer’s paddle not a pencil.

But look, it really is happening – here’s the evidence! More updates on the actual recipe another day.

*Late night update : Sheer volume of pellet hops blocked up the hopstopper. We dropped a few litres short to avoid recirculating the fine hop powder, but still took enough for a couple of cornies in two FVs at 1.047



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With my bottles of APA rapidly depleting as friends and family blink into the sunshine and take a refreshed liking to pale ales, we’re soon going to be out of beer. A few pints of stout and a couple of crates of random ales aren’t going to last a lengthy fermentation and conditioning period, even if brewing could start¬†right away.

For this reason our plans are changing, and not in an exciting way, sadly. I can’t wait to accrue enough cash to buy any new gear, with the exception of a pair of site tubes destined for the HLT that is still a boiler, and¬†the boiler which only exists in my head.

I’m also delaying ordering interesting hop varients¬†from New Zealand (Craft Brewer doesn’t seem to be accepting orders anyway right now?). Instead we’re going to kick into 2009 brewing action with a very simple, low gravity ale just to get something in and out of the fermenter quickly. Barley Bottom’s new site is tempting me into a few modest malt purchases to tide me over, and I really ought to read Graham Wheeler’s latest edition too.

I’ll post up a recipe soon, but even as I type and survey my meagre victuals, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a gentle ale made with fuggles and goldings or similar, with a modest weight of pale malt to keep the ABV below 3.5%.

A supping beer to take us towards another payday and provide some further¬†inspiration, then. More when I’m able to drag myself away from spreadsheets and the like…

In other news, The White Horse in Edwardstone recently finished its week long Winter Ale Festival and has already started scheming for its excellent Dark Ale Days fest, to be¬†held in May. I have to admit that some of the stronger Winter fayre proved a bit chewy for my tastes, however Dark Star came up trumps as always with its Old Chestnut, while Oakham’s Oblivion was every bit as impresive as I expected it to be. Good stuff

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