Brew Day

Yesterday I had my first all-grain Brew Day! I am making a Belgium Blonde ale based on this recipe kit from The Malt Miller. I used the Brew-in-a-Bag method. I only had a 20L brewing pot, and I filled it with 14L of water which I bought to the boil, and then let cool to 66C. In order to measure the temperature, I used a meat stainless-steel temperature probe. After I bought it, I realised that the packaging says not to completely submerge the probe and cable in water, although it didn’t seem to hurt it. I also experimented briefly with using an infrared thermometer, but the readings from that were totally out. I spent the 90 minutes of Mashing time juggling the temperature. I would let the mash cool to 60C and then lift the bag from the bottom of the pot and heat the mash back to 66-67C.

It was fun adding the Hallertauer Mittelfrueh hops. They had arrived vaccuum-sealed, and there was a delicious smell when I unwrapped them and added them to the Mash.

I made about 19L of Wort, which started fermenting over night. It is bubbling away at the moment. I am really eager to see what this will taste like!

Simple All-Grain Brewing

I am just about to try making my first all-grain home brew beer. Making from grains can be really intimidating. Here is a video going through a very simple Brew-in-a-Bag process. Interestingly he doesn’t do the crash-cooling of the wort which is a core part of the process I’ve seen in other videos.

Muntons Wine Kit

Yesterday I opened a bottle of home-made white wine. I had made it from a Muntons 6-bottle Chardonnay kit a few years ago. I have tried red wines that I made from Muntons wine kits and they were awful, so I wasn’t holding out much hope for the white wine. To my surprise however, it wasn’t too bad! I drank it, anyway! 🙂