Dollar signs started flashing in front of my eyes. Mead: a sweet, highly alcoholic, obscure beverage. Potential for massive growth. An easy to tap history for marketing. Only a handful of small producers in Australia. It seemed like selling smack wouldn’t be able to bring in as much cash as a meadery. The obstacles to getting a drug kingpin level of walking around money were somewhere in the back of my head. I can’t make beer very well and I didn’t know anything about mead other than “something […]
Time once again to tackle the Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday: a monthly opportunity for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their unique perspective on the same topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts The Session, chooses a topic, and creates a round-up that lists all of the participants. This month’s session is hosted by Jeremy Short at Pintwell. He wants to know about homebrewing and your relationship with beer: The idea of this […]
It’s been ages since I’ve written about homebrewing. To recap the journey I’ve been on: about this time last year, I made a Coopers Australian pale ale which I didn’t seal the bottles properly, so it ended up kind of flat, sour and crappy. I then made a dark ale, followed by a cerveza, both of which were a bit below passable, that oxidised and turned crappy. Next I started using the John Cook homebrewing book, boiled some grains and ended […]
After the relative success of my last batch, I tossed the plastic bottles that had ruined my first. Giddy on my mastery of brewing, I starting thinking about a third batch. The idea came to me at Cinco de Mayo (yes, these posts are increasingly late): what if I could make a better version of Corona? Riverlife, the venue for the occassion, were serving “Mexicana” beer. No one could identify what it actually was. There were kegs from Two Brothers […]
With the trip down to Melbourne and our endless excitement about GABS and Good Beer Week, the Trials & Tribeerlations column was put to one side for a while. This doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped brewing but I do need a few weeks to catch up. To recap, my first batch of homebrew was the Coopers Australian Pale Ale kit with Brewn Enhancer 2. I bottled with 750mL PET bottles, which came with it’s own share of complications. I took […]
I’ve decided to give home brewing a go. It’s happening and I’m terrified. I still vividly remember my brief fling with assisting a specific type of yeast in reproducing anaerobically and then accidentally boiling the resultant liquid at a low temperature before inadvertently consuming the final product. It was all a misunderstanding. You can’t prove anything.