Today we hosted Brian from Northern Monk of Leeds who are due to begin brewing shortly and seem to hold similar views on hops, crystal malt and many other things to us!
We brewed a strong-ish (it should be around 5.7% or so) red IPA - so watch Roger Protz go apoplectic about this further nonsensical beer style - with what must be the biggest hop charge we've used thus far (and probably the most expensive too...!) with over 2kg per barrel of lovely Summit, Citra, Galaxy, Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook all drowned in the name of lupuliciousness.
We're hopeful this will be one of our most interesting and hoppy beers to date so look out for it in a month or so when it's emerged from it's hoppy slumber... It's working title is "Crafty Monk" although this may change if we think of something better in the meantime; any suggestions will be received gratefully although, as usual, the prize is the standard sod-all except for the happy glow of knowing you've helped a worthy cause. Or so we think.
|Weighing out the grain|
|That's just unnaturally happy...|