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.
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.
It’s pretty mad right?
I love homebrewing and since I’ve been doing it for 4 years now you start to experiment more with brews. One of these ways is by using hops.
Hops are currently soaring in price and the craze for craft beer may lead to a hop shortage, in the USA anyway.
With my copy of 1984 well thumbed and old Mr Huxley’s words sitting beside the bed I wanted to go it alone. Break free from my hop masters and grow Glasgow hops. Well a variety of English hop in Glasgow.
Here is the little plant I received on the 12/05/2014
Here it is 11 days later 23/05/2014
Madness! I was planning on having it on the balcony but with this rate of growth and movement I fear other options are needed. I do have a small allotment space so that looks like a sensible option. Will try and post updates and I hope to do a timelapse of the growth in the coming weeks.