Homebrewing Ramp Up

I have managed to deplete my stocks of homebrew from pre-xmas, and as such am getting ready to brew several batches, with some brand new equipment and recipes. This weekend will come an extract brew of a English Southern Brown Ale from Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer (a great book that I hope to explore all the options in), along with a 2nd attempt of Denny Conn’s Rye IPA. This time I am going to increase the late hop additions by a large measure. I hope to use this recipe as a benchmark for repeated explorations of ingredients and process.

In addtion, this weekend will feature my first use of a pump (march pump), clover sanitary fittings, and hopback (blichman hop rocket) in brewing. I will post later feedback about these new tools, along with my attempts to build my own temperature controller from scratch.

After these two batches of beer, next up is a Bohemian Pilsner, also based on a Brewing Classic Styles recipe. This will be my first true lager, testing my temperature control abilities.

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