Spent this morning bottling my Single malt and single hop ale (SMaSH) that used my Glasgow grown hops and Vienna pale malt. It is, of course, going to be called “Glasg-oh Vienna”. I also started some Turbo cider that I plan on putting Brett into and also a weird Cherryade/Cherry wine from Lowicz fruit syrup from Lidl. Going to be a very festive Christmas.
It looks from the signs of it that my dwarf hop plant is coming back for another year!
Very excited to see what harvest I can get this summer with it being its third year. Still drinking the CWG IPA from last year, here’s hoping I get the priming right this time and so it’s better than this.
My two year old dwarf First Gold hop plant finally has produced some crop.
I was so pleased to actually have some hops grow this year but was actually surprised to get 59.2 grams of wet hops.
I was however disappointed with the aroma I was getting off them having always used pellets in my brewing.
I plan to use the whole batch on a really simple IPA. A small one gallon batch with marris otter is on the cards this weekend. I plan on posting the recipe for this and going to call it Centurion way growers IPA.
Using the delightful dear green beans I have made up a batch. Working on the one cup of ground beans to three cups of water.
So here it is in all its glory a One gallon mead recipe, I only wish I had taken the original gravity and could say what the ABV is. I followed this recipe below for a 1 gallon batch of traditional mead.
1 Gallon demijohn
One gallon mead recipe
1 Large orange
1 handful of raisins
2 sticks of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
Half a pack of wine yeast
Balance water to one gallon
Put all this in and shake it about. Put it in a dark warmish place. Check on it in a few months.
After a quick wax of the mustache and a turn up of my chinos I went for a pastiche of the classic Smiths album Meat is Murder. Shall be labeling up and forcing upon people over the festive period. This stuff is rough as a badgers ticks back.
We at Phenix Brewery pride ourselves on obscure hipster names for our beers and with this latest brew there is no exception. Welcome to the Phenix Brewery line up Vehnäolut. A 4.33% wheat beer with a cheeky Columbus dry hop.
As you obviously know it’s name is Finnish for wheat beer. The reason being my wonderful bee keeping friend Jussi supplied me with some of his honey from Finland to add to my brew instead of dextrose. This is some seriously yumi honey!
You may also be able to tell that I still have no label on my bottles. Although I have knocked up an option B I am still interested to have the input of a designer with a taste for beer. Otherwise its the below design being put onto 40 odd bottles. Some is getting shipped as far a field as Japan.
One of the joys of running your own ‘brewery’ is the fun of naming and designing the labels and brand that goes with it. I have been brewing and designing my own labels for the past four years. Some have been better than others. Below is a selection of said designs.
So aye, I ain’t that great with design, but at least the beer tastes good. Currently I am brewing a wheat beer that have Columbus hops added at the dry hopping stage.
What I want is a name for this beer and a designer (someone with MS Paint) to come up with a lovely label for it. In return you will get beer, tasty tasty mini-brew beer.
If that sounds good to you then post a name or label suggestion below.
I have often not been a fan of ebay( I still wake up in a cold sweat at night thinking about that “genuine” Del Boy autograph!) But this evening it came up trumps.
Not only have I doubled my fermenting volume, I now have a five gallon keg, seven awesome glass demijohns, a tonne of bottles and the icing on the cake…a heat plate. Not sure if I will ever use it but I now have one.
All for £20 out of the back of a jeep in Coatbridge. Why thank you ebay.
Left this wee fella while I was away for a week and he won’t stop growing and well vining. He has finally started to outgrow the windowsill and I fear the balcony just won’t have the space for him so he now has this space.
It’s not perfect, a bit too shady but for growing hops in Glasgow it’s not a bad spot for him. Haven’t got much hope for this years crop but hopefully next year I will have some homegrown hops for some dry hopping.
Not gona lie, it tastes pretty amazing. I just had a wee cheeky pre-carbonation taste but it’s yum! Will begin designing a label ASAP but possible names are currently
Any suggestions very welcome but EH! Is the current favourite.