Unfortunately the February meeting was a bit weather affected and after Storm Doris had finishing lashing the Northwest with 70mph winds only three hardy homebrewers ventured outside in the evening! Special thanks to Neil and Ed for braving the elements too!
As there is very little beer to talk about this month I’ll take the opportunity to update you all on the Recipe Roulette competition set last month. We have 18 confirmed recipe picks and thanks to the amazing generosity of Cellar Bar, Top Rope Brewing, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Grainfather, BrewUK and Malt Miller those homebrewers are competing for a prize pot which is pretty darn amazing! So, here we go!
Your beer commercially brewed by our friends at Top Rope Brewing!
A Brewhouse & Kitchen Beer Masterclass for four people
£20 Cellar Bar Voucher
A Grainfather Growler & Yeast selection
£25 BrewUK Voucher
£10 Cellar Bar Voucher
A Brewhouse & Kitchen Growler & TShirt
£25 MaltMiller Voucher
£10 Cellar Bar Voucher
A Brewhouse & Kitchen Glass & Keyring
Now I think you’ll agree, that is something a bit special!
I hope you’re competition beers are all going to plan and we’ll see you all on Thursday 30th March at Cellar Bar, Chester!
The January Brew of the month voting was a very tight affair with such a good selection of high quality beers being showcased at the meeting. Just able to sneak ahead (by 1 vote) to clinch the top award this month was… Ed’s Black Double IPA! Congratulations!
Ed is a two time winner, and this Double IPA is another cracker! Weighing in at 7.9% the roasted Chocolate and malt undertones are well balanced out by a big American hop bill. Belgian Candi Sugar helps bump up the fermentable sugars and two packs of White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast do the hard work before nearly another pack of hops goes in as a Dry Hop!
Ed’s recipe for the Black Double IPA is:
7kg Pale malt
0.3kg Crystal malt (60L)
0.3kg Carafa III malt
0.3kg Chocolate malt
0.45kg Dark Candi Sugar
50g Columbus Hops @ 60 mins
57g Citra Hops @ 15 mins
85g Citra Hops @ flame out
57g Pacific Jade Hops @ flame out
2 vials White Labs 007 yeast
71g Nelson Sauvin Hops @ 7day Dry Hop
The brew length for this was 25l and Ed reports an OG of 1.084 and a FG of 1.024. All in all this was another quality IPA from Ed following on from his Blood Orange IPA which won Octobers Brew of the Month! Well done Ed, and long may you continue to bring down award winning IPA’s for us to sample in the future!
This time last year we were mourning the demise of the Brewdoo Homebrew club and Chester Brew Crew, and celebrating the creation of the Cheshire Brew Crew! A year! Doesn’t time fly when you are drinking having fun?
After the success of last years competition this January we decided to set it up again and Recipe Roulette II was born! The same rules and randomly picked ingredients as last time but this year, thanks to the interest of the Black Lodge Brew Club (@liv_homebrew ), we have increased the participants for 2017 to 20 entries!
Ben: Simcoe & Chilli
Neil: Hallertauer & Chamomile
Guy: Citra & Oak Chips
Charlie: Saaz & Salt
Chris W: Pioneer & Grains of Paradise
Nick W: Centennial & Peppercorns
Mark: Galena & Fruit
Dave: Amarillo & Star Anise
Ed: Goldings & Chocolate
Simon: First Gold & Coriander Seeds
Lol (Liv): Northern Brewer & Cinnamon
Ken (Liv): Fuggles & Cardamom
Andy (Liv): Galaxy & Orange Peel
Ron (Liv): Cascade & Tea
Pete (Liv): Chinook & Coffee
Damian (Liv): Ahtanum & Juniper Berries
Steve (Liv): Motueka & Heather Flowers
Andrew (Liv): Sorachi Ace & Vanilla
The competition will be judged at the March meeting on Thursday 30th March and the prize pot up for grabs currently includes donations from Malt Miller, BrewUK, Cellar Bar and a goodie bag from the guys at Grainfather!
Once all the messing about with the competition entries was out of the way we could crack on with the main event! Beers! Another brilliant selection was brought in this month with Charlie yet again making a strong push for the unofficial ‘longest beer name’ award with his Imperial Salted Vanilla Smoked Milk Stout! We also welcomed Dave who was joining us for the first time this month and brought along a lovely citrusy IPA hopped with Olicana – not a hop I or many of the group had used before, and a Robust smoked Porter he had brewed on his Grainfather system. Both were very nice beers – he can come back next month!
It was an extremely close run thing voting for the Brew of the Month as the quality of this months selection was so high. Ed’s Black Double IPA just pipped everyone to the post (by 1 vote)! Congratulations to Ed on another quality offering!
And that was January done! We’re back at Cellar Bar on February 23rd to see how everybody is getting on with their competition brews! See you there!