Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Golden Lights

Bit of a late post today, but I think I have a reasonable excuse m'lord - it was discovered yesterday that I had a blood clot in my leg, and so spent this morning having an outpatient procedure to have it removed.

Anyway, to the post. When it comes to my home brewing, I like to mess around with yeast strains rather than sticking to something like Safale-04, as well as coming up with recipes on a whim. So it was, on Saturday that I decided to pop down to Fifth Season Gardening to get some hops, some specialty grain and a packet of yeast in order to use up a couple of pounds of light malt extract I had knocking about.

The recipe ended up being:
  • 2lb light dry malt extract
  • 0.5lb American Caramel 120
  • 0.5oz EKG boiled for 60 minutes
  • 0.25oz EKG boiled for 15 minutes
  • 0.25oz EKG boiled for 5 minutes
  • Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Ale
The OG came out at 1.040 and on getting up this morning the fermenter was sporting a healthy looking krausen.

This is my first attempt at a best bitter, and given the combination of Goldings hops and the Ringwood ale yeast, I am calling it Ring of Gold.


  1. Sorry to hear about the clot. From what I've heard I know that can be serious. Great that you are doing well enough to do some home brewing.

  2. I was rather surprised to hear that if I had ignored Mrs Velkyal's naggings to go to the doctor and it had gone undetected, then it could have shifted and caused a pulminary embolism or something equally deadly. Right now I am just happy to have it done with, although the drugs I am on at the moment mean no drinking for a month. Better alive than drunk I guess.

  3. Glad you're ok, me old fella. they can be bad, for sure.

  4. Blimey. Glad to hear you're OK and suddenly feeling very hypchondriac myself...


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