The thermometer begins to plummet, like a clock ticking down the moments to the end of things. Time’s arrow is loose.
On Imperial Russian Stouts, art, truth and mystery.
Sometimes it is good to get back to basics.
After a Cherry Wheat Beer fails to carbonate, I set it off in two new, and radically different directions.
One of my Pursuit of Abbeyness XII brew-day posts received a spike of traffic from the Homebrew Talk forum. I went and eavesdropped on the discussion.
My first attempt at a fruit beer had me grappling with a mathematical formula and a lot of questions.
If you stumble blindly and incompetently into your brewing masterpiece, will you ever be able to revisit that triumph?
A coffee-bean stout saw me put two new bits of kit from Speidel to work: the Kellermeister conical fermenter and the Braumeister stainless steel wort chiller.
With an odd 3.7kg of Pilsner malt in my cellar and a three-month-old Wyeast 1762 Belgian Abbey II in my fridge, it was time to brew up a small portion of the beer style I return to most often - the Strong, Dark Abbey Ale.
Board games, beers, Blimp, and a Bavarian tale make for a nostalgic chronicle of Christmas.