Beer

I am currently brewing beer from grains and learning a lot from the process. Previously I made wine as well but as of July 2020, I’ve stopped making any new wine. I’ve won prizes for my efforts but I do not intend to compete in 2020.

Currently Bubbling

  1. Blackberry Wine (4/1/2020) – Secondary fermentation. Reracked 2/5.
  2. Blueberry Wine (26/1/2020) – Secondary fermentation, reracked 2/5. Very tart.
  3. Pineapple Wine (3/2020) – secondary fermentation, reracked. Needs to clear.
  4. Mead – fermentation.

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Packaged and Conditioning

  1. Patience ’18 Potato Wine (9/2/2018) – Bottled, but probably not ready until 2/2021
  2. Barley Wine Strong Ale (3/2020) – OG 1090/FG 1018 not strong enough 9.71% – rested for 2 months, currently conditioning in a minikeg and growler as of 7/6. Still very hoppy.

Complete

  1. A Barley Wine experiment (since March 2019) –  More on this soon.
  2. Rose Wine (21/2/2020, White Grape juice, Strawberry and Raspberry) – Bottled on 15/5/20 perhaps a little early. It has cleared well and has turned out medium-sweet.
  3. Pineapple Liquor (3/2020) – filtered and bottled.
  4. County Porter (1/2/2020) – Half in a barrel, bottled and conditioning at 12°C. Most of it has been consumed at a social distanced street COVID-19 event.
  5. Innocent Apple Wine (8/3/2018) – made with Innocent Apple juice – awful, will probably discard

What’s Next

Brewing is on hold at the moment. There’s not a lot of point brewing in volume if I can’t drink it. Not even I can drink 23litres a week… I could bottle it but I hate bottling!

  1. County Export Stout or Mild (2020)
  2. Barley Wine 2020 (Grrr)
  3. County Inaugural Ale (2020)
  4. County Anniversary Ale (2020)

Prizes and Places

  • NAWB 2019 – Kit Beer – 1st
  • NAWB 2019 – Oatmeal Stout – 1st
  • NAWB 2019 – American Pale Ale – 3rd
  • NAWB 2019 – 3 Bottles of Beer – 3rd
  • NAWB 2019 – Russian Imperial Stout – 3rd
  • NAWB 2019 – Photograph class – 5th
  • W&W 2018 – Porter – 3rd
  • NAWB 2018 – Members Class 19 – Medium Dry Cherry Wine – 1st
  • NAWB 2018 – 60th Anniversary Class 93 – 60/- Beer – 1st
  • NAWB 2018 – Porter – 3rd
  • NAWB 2018 – Dry Stout – 3rd
  • NAWB 2018 – IPA – 3rd
  • NAWB 2018 – 3 Bottles of Beer – 5th
  • NAWB 2018 – 3 Bottles of Beer (Circle) – 5th (County Beermakers)
  • Ware Wine and Beer Circle 2017 – Dry Stout – 4th
  • NAWB 2017 – Dry Stout – 2nd