BB’s Brew Day

Maris otter pale ale malt weighed out

Some of you might already know that The Main Man and I have been tinkering around the fringes of home brewing for some time. Our inaugural brew wasn’t much to speak of. But last weekend we set up to crack on with our next brew on the hottest weekend of the year so far. After a few technical hitches (swiftly solved by The Main Man whose levels of uber-geekness know no bounds!) we were ready for the off!

I’m not going to yap on about how to make beer (I might do that another time) but essentially we love Fuller’s ESB and we set about perfecting our own version as per the recipe from this book. Then we woke up at the crack of dawn on Sunday to begin our crazy process. We ended the day collapsed in a heap at around 8pm with a nice 19ltr tub of beer in our fermenting cupboard. Check it out.

The pics are captioned and in order of what we got up to. Those of you who aren’t in the least bit interested in how you brew beer at home can look away NOW 😉 Otherwise hold on tight because this is a post of sheer vanity. And if you want the full, unadulterated version from The Main Man, then head to the very bottom of this post cos I’ve reposted his link describing the process much more indepth!

Investigating lost power in our 30ltr boiler

Main man’s home made mash tun

Maris otter pale ale malt weighed out

Maris otter and crystal malt ready to jump into the mash tun

Well looky here ;-)

Doughing in close up stylie

Hopping 'eck! Northdown, Challenger and Target

Boiling those hops

Late hopping from these might fine East Kent Goldings

The obligatory chiller shot

The OG’s looking pretty good

Yeast at the ready

The Main Man pitching the yeast

Resting in the fermenting cupboard

Here’s The Main Man full unexpurgated version of events at his JBK link.

4 Responses to BB’s Brew Day

  1. Neil says:

    That’s a nice setup you are using there, mine pales into insignificance compared to that.

    By the way love the shirt.

    • BEER BEAUTY says:

      Cheers, Neil. Glad you liked it. The Main Man is proper serious about it all and we managed quite well in the space we have. Praying the beer is drinkable. Should be ok cos once we overcame the technical issues it went smoothly. Stay in touch!!

  2. ella says:

    Wow impressive! Looks so technical!

    • BEER BEAUTY says:

      Cheers, Ella. We’re amateurs at this game, but we’re crazy enough to give it a go. All the credit of course should go to The Main Man as his technical prowess is quite shocking 😉

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