Sunday, 9 May 2010

Popping My Full Mash Cherry

It's been coming for a long time but yesterday it finally happened. Do I feel any different? Has it changed the way I feel about kit brewing? "Not really" is the answer and obviously the jury's out until the ale is ready to drink but what is different is that I theoretically have much more control over what I'm going to brew.

Luckily I've got the help and support of a great brewing community both in forum land and the twitterverse which meant I've effectively got a pocket guide to brewing at my beck and call. Thank you, you know who you are and I couldn't have done it without you.

The brewday started with moderately ok weather so I fired up the HLT in the garden. Big mistake; by the time I'd doughed in the grains it was raining hard enough to encourage me to continue the brewday in my conservatory which is a complete mess. The recipe I used was nicked off a friend in the Brew It Yourself forum.

4 kg MO pale Malt
250g Torrefied Wheat
45g Amarillo @ 90mins
35g Amarillo @ 10mins
15g Amarillo @ 0 mins

I used Windsor yeast with this one.

The target OG was 1048 which I managed to hit and the smells coming out of the boiler were absolutely first rate, I really can't wait to drink it.

I've put pictures over on the Brew it Yourself forum. You can see the results here


  1. Glad to hear it all went to plan. :)

  2. Congrats! Seemed to go pretty smooth!