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Making something out of (next to) nothing

...in this case beer. After a big house move to a completely new neighborhood and a sizable whack to the credit card in the process, I currently don't have any money for beer (or purchase additional ingredients) but what I do have is a unique set of skills a few leftovers from previous beer making projects.


Can we make a brew that is true with this lot?

Guybrau - the best all year

It was a lesson in everything - a new style, new hops, getting a proper temperature control setup in place and a rush to get everything done to be ready for the feast that was Christmas Day.



But after all that, did we nearly manage to poison another family member with bitterness ala last time? 

One Helles of a brew for the brotherhood

My brother is joining me for Christmas and so my lovely wife suggested I brew up a small batch for his arrival. A brilliant idea! So I popped out the very handy Brewdog recipe book and decided (once again) to do a style I'm completely unfamiliar with complete with unfamiliar grains, yeast and hops!


In an echo of the great Jeremy Clarkson "What could possibly go wrong here?"

Hola Raspberry Cerveza! What you need after a heavy lawnmowing.

So my first ever adventures with an extract can are all done and unlike my all grain brews, this was one destined to be a lawnmower beer - namely something cool and refreshing to cool off with after a hot day toiling away in the sunshine.
It's not meant to win awards, just to hit the spot on a hot summers day.

We've just hit summer now here in Australia so did we manage to land on target?

One man, one can = half a plan

So since kicking off the home brewing thing earlier this year, I've been an all grain type of beer maker. Mash and sparge the grains, boil the wort, throw in some hops and hope for the best. The thought of using an extract can (where the mashing, boiling and sparging have been done already for you - you just add water, yeast and other bits and pieces to the goop in the tin) has never crossed my mind. 




Until one went on special for a ridiculous price... 

Red X Gone give it to ya (now it's not sadly..)

Grains, yeast and hops we've never used before. Oh and a broken hydrometer at the end of it. What could possibly go wrong here as we brew up our latest work: the Irish Red Ale we've 'Red X Gone give it to ya?'


The Bazweigan - bitter and dry like an angry desert

The color was gorgeous, the dextrose worked overtime to turn it into a bubbling delight.
But in the end it was three times as bitter as it should have been and tasted like a dry barren landscape. What the ###k happened with this one??