Kolsch is a very interesting style: it’s a lager brewed with ale yeast. There is literally no difference in the final flavour between a standard kolsch and a standard pils, but a kolsch is picked up by homebrewers as it appears easier to make.
I got a huge beer delivery from an online beer shop, and I’ll be posting the reviews of them here. As I love a traditional German lager, I went for this rather traditional looking Helles.
Every month I enter into the Homebrew Forum competition, and if you would like constructive feedback on your beers, I’d recommend you do too. Each time is a different style and December’s was wheat beer. I entered my creation, Bowl of Wheatos, and secured second place!
I’ve had a bit of a break recently, as you may have noticed from the lack of articles published the last few months. The break wasn’t intended, but I had to move back to the UK, find a house, find a job, then I had a holiday, Christmas, another holiday, but I’m settled in my new house and my new job so I can start to post my brewing adventures back here again.
I’m back in London for a few weeks on a holiday. I don’t have a great deal of activities to do which suits me fine, especially as London has some of the best beer in the world.
Controlling the fermentation temperatures is a high priority for many brewers, with DIYers often making a chamber out of a fridge or freezer. It can be hard to get hold of a fridge or freezer, so I’ve tried to make a fridgeless fermentation chamber.
Inkbird is rapidly making a name for itself in the home brew world with their easy to use thermostats. Bringing plug and play to DIY builds, it seems the once popular STC 1000 is taking a back seat to their range of controllers. But whilst best suited to fermentation chambers, I wanted to see if I could push the ITC-310T model out of its comfort zone and control mash and boil temperatures.
I’ve been silent of late due to spending three weeks in London, but as always it’s been a very beery time and I’ve come back to Ireland with hops I grew myself, a load of brewery technology and a stomach full of amazing London beer.
Like many countries these days, Israel has a booming craft beer scene so I was overjoyed when my wife, after visiting, returned with a sample from one of Israel’s breweries. Recommended by a local who enjoys these brews, I’ve been waiting to get stuck in to my first ever Middle Eastern craft beer.
After the success of the first FastFerment batch, I was eager to make more beer to try it out. This time I tried an imperial IPA recipe to see whether the conical vessel could still ferment fast, and I found quite a big flaw.