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So, I’d imagine you’ve been desperate to find out the trials and tribulations of my first ever all-grain brew and one that, in hindsight, probably shouldn’t have been a 6.7% IPA from BrewDog.
BrewDog eat your heart out. This is craft.
But, as a warm day dawned at the beginning of April, it was time to start the brew. As previously mentioned, I’d embezzled £60 a piece out of three mates to invest in a bit of kit and the ingredients for two batches: the Simcoe IPA and a Black IPA. I did what any good sales person would do and broke it down into the cost of a pint. In my rudimentary maths (OK I lied, I did a spreadsheet – all good projects start with a spreadsheet), I worked out with all the new kit and ingredients the first two brews would work out at £3.50 a pint, and from then on around £1 a pint. No brainer really, plus we’d all get to stand around for one day every few weeks, drink beer and catch up.
However, despite being widely publicised on our What’s App group (brewery name still a secret in case, you know, we become the next BrewDog), it seemed this journey would be one I did alone.
So, having managed to evict the kids, I set up some pallets in the back yard (how craft?) and lifted on my kettle and below it my ‘Monster Mash’, a converted cool box.
So, let’s be honest. This brewing lark takes AGES. Bloody AGES. I started at 11.30pm and finished at 4.30pm. That said, there’s an awful lot of waiting around which gives opportunities to, er, paint a shed and pretend to be doing useful stuff around the house.
Using a mixture of books and BrewDog’s DIY Dog pdf, I followed these steps:
Overall, I’d say I was very pleased with how it went, the temperature was maintained better than I thought and although I missed the original gravity I was aiming for, enjoyed the day. It’s pretty relaxing actually and leaves plenty of time to be getting on with other stuff at the same time. I even read the paper (shh), which with two small children is the real victory of the day.
In next week’s thrilling instalment: dry-hopping, racking and bottling (which is happening tonight). Oh, and the story about the sudden demise of my kitchen ceiling (I’m pretty sure my wife won’t read this).
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