just read you are up in Auckland. I am on the north shore, I work shift work, so can be around during the day sometimes. Call me on 021 707 749, happy to have a drink, catch up, etc. BTW, SOBA Auckland are going to Waiheke for a tour this Saturday, if you are interested?
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I ended up no chilling due to no space in the beer fridge to ferment (34C days here is too hot!!), and it's still in the cube. That is lucky as I am picking up my new (second hand) chest freezer (kegerator of death mark II here I come). Bit of a "there at the right time" story this morning, an old couple moved into a rest home and needed to get rid of the freezer.... do you need someone to move that for you....
Hi Joking.Excited, yes. Nervous, yes. It's just like riding 320km on a push bike really. I've got the hard yards behind me and I know it'll be pretty tough early on but the mind and body adjusts and you just keep pedalling... It's pretty hard to fall off if you keep trying hard.
I've already had three harvests from mine haha, this was the time of year I was harvesting last season but seems the hot summer may have made the season a bit shorter, I dunno. They may have been a little immature but they were starting to brown, the lupulin glands weren't as yellow-orange as I think they could have been. I think I got about 400g dry off my first season danscade this year but my established rhizome hardly grew at all, very weird. I think the transplanting of that rhizome stunted it a little. Yeah, I can't say how close it is to cascade really but there's definitely some similarities. I'd be interested to know what it was crossed with but will probably never know haha.
The smoothcone is going real well, looks like I'll be harvesting in a a couple of weeks. Should get around 300 - 400g dry from that plant too. Think I'll do a SMaSH with the SC and some EPA malt and see what I get.
The Mild is pretty damn drinkable. I'm kegging the ESB this weekend and might brew a quick APA (or maybe a Blonde - never tried) on Sunday if I can squeeze it in. Soooo, come on down!... When you looking at being here?
Keep me posted on the plans. I'm in CHCH the weekend of the 28th this month (Twisted Hop!! Yeah!), but other than than I'm mostly around. Yea, I'm seriously considering the Irish Red. I've never brewed one so wouldn't mind giving it a go. I'll do a bit of research on the weekend and see what I come up with. Cheers for the offer - if I throw it in the mix for the compo, I'll take you up on that offer!
Only got 5, didn't know if I was gonna like them or not, just gave up smoking so kinda a bit nervous about having the cigars, Allen Carr says 'No!' haha.
Yeah I was worried about the humidor buzz but just vacuum packed mine haha, I figured that would keep them at relatively the same humidity.
Yeah sure, if there's any left you can have one when you're up. Idea was to keep a couple aside for me and a mate for my 21st to have with the bourbon vanilla porter in June but I dunno if they'll last that long.
I might stay out of the Irish Red one, I've only brewed one once, didn't really like it, and didn't take any notes on how to improve the recipe, damn!
Looking forward to them! I got the Blonde Joke into keg last night, much clearer than normal. I'm going to have to try and get my cooling coil either fixed or replaced, as I think the no chill is not doing me any favours for clarity at the moment.
Hey, just wondering with you IPA Massacre, did you do a 90min boil due to the extra sparge water involved or to develop characteristics in the wort? Wondering if I can get away with a 60min boil to to full volume BIAB.
Yeah my kettle is about 45L so I can boil a fair bit! Perhaps the 1332 yeast (Northwest) might not be a good choice as it attenuates moderately - so that would take it to 1.020ish. US05 may be a better bet. I'm fairly new to this game so don't really know the diff. characteristics of hops so much.
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