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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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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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