Monday, December 10, 2012

To the Bathtub

For no reason, other than I felt it necessary, I took a quick inventory of my homebrewing ingredient stocks the other day and realised that I have a fair amount of hops and grains that I rarely use or even think about using. For example, I have packets of New Zealand hops, Pacific Jade and Motueka, various fermentables such as rauchmalz and D2 Belgian Candi syrup, and of course a few packets of lager yeast waiting for an inevitable cold snap and impromptu lager brewing session.

I am getting to the point with my brewing where I have to start thinking about February and beyond. I don't drink during January and so the next batch of beer to be made will be something for the dying days of winter before I brew my annual lime witbier, which next year will have some oats in it for the first time. The question then is what to brew for the end of winter?

I want to use the New Zealand hops, that's a given at the moment. Also, I have some Briess Special Roast malt knocking about, which I find gives a beer a lovely tangy, sourdough kind of thing, and I will likely get myself a packet of Wyeast 1028 London Ale (the Worthington White Shield strain from what I have read) to do the business on the fermentables.

Will the beer have a definite style? Probably not, but I think a little playing around and using up ingredients is in order...

2 comments:

  1. I'm in a similar situation, Al. Have Green Bullet, Rakau, Southern Cross, Topaz and all sorts of random crap that I had good intentions to use. Having brewed only once this year, I think I'll be going for one of my so-called "Mulligan Brews". Anything goes! :)

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  2. I don't have the extra hops right now but I do have at least three different dark malts and some wheat in the cellar. I am thinking I might be able to get a cider made within the next week or so. Maybe I could do a BIB with the specialty grains and make a really odd cider.

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