Norfolk Nog homebrew

11 11 2010

The time has come for me to start my next batch of homebew.

I have decided to go with a kit of one of my favourite beers; Woodfordes Norfolk Nog.

As I have mentioned in a previous post there is an inherent level of risk involved in this as up until I have only ever made generic beers, as such whilst there might be an overall style that you can judge it against there isn’t any particular named beer that you are expecting to have a clone of.

That said Woodfordes are one of the leaders in terms of home brew kits and having tried homebrewed Woodfordes Wherry before I can say that it was nigh on perfect.

Norfolk Nog is a 3kg all malt kit as such there are no additional sugars that need to be added, this is also a first for me as previously all my beers have had at least some sugars added.

Wish me luck 🙂

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Beer anyone?

28 09 2010

A fair bit to report from my ongoing home brewing saga so far.

My second batch of beer has now been bottled, well about 6 days ago! So I am eagerly awaiting my first little taste in order to see how my IPA has turned out and whether playing with the choice of fermentables has backfired or not.

Meanwhile my lager is now into it’s third week since being bottled. My brother and I cracked a bottle open on Saturday evening and I think we were both quite pleasantly surprised at how it is coming along.

There is plenty of carbonation in the beer and it is developing a really good looking head, it is a little cloudy but that that will hopefully clear further and should definitely start to lessen when the lager is chucked in the fridge.

The taste is really rather good if I do say so myself, there is a nice bitterness to the beer and a pleasant slight sweetness coupled with a nice hint of maltiness. It isn’t dissimilar to something like an Erdinger in actual fact.

I will be honest enough to say that it has turned out better than I had hoped.

I think somewhere in the back of my mind I was fearing it would turn out to be like those brewbags that you used to be able to purchase at Boots, the ones that you just tipped water into and left on the back of the airing cupboard door for a month or so. As such the pleasant drinkable nature of the beer has bought a smile to my face








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