Thomas Cooper’s Sparkling Ale

Fermenting: 17/02/2005 Bottled: 26/02/2005

Got a big name to live up to, this one. Made exactly to the recipe, including the can of beer concentrate, a 1.5kg can of malt extract, 500g of light dried malt, and 300g dextrose. Included the yeasty dregs of a bottle of “Coopers Sparkling Ale”. Will hopefully be as good as it’s namesake, and also last years ‘Heritage Lager.’

Is improving with age. Head retention is terrible, but there are some subtle fruity characteristics in the flavour. Strong in alcohol, but less so in flavour. An okay beer, should improve with time.

7/10

Midweek Madness

A fair bit’s been happening so far this week. Monday night I was at Tafe, where we learnt a whole lot about html forms, and then a little bit about php programming. The only problem was, we were set two assignments that were to be completed this week – both on php. And we hadn’t learned enough to complete them in class. As a result, my answers are pretty ugly, and a bit of a hack job, but they are done.

Tuesday night I attended a “How to lead prayer at churchâ€? night. It was better than I expected, and encouraging. I spent most of the day writing music rosters for the night service. Today was a little quieter, but still full. I finished those assignments, and spent some time with my sister, Leah.

Tomorrow sounds pretty full, but hopefully manageable. My ‘Coopers Sparkling Ale’ is just about ready for bottling. ‘Til next time.

Blackrock Cider: Take 2

Fermenting: 29/01/2005 Bottled: 07/02/2005

Brewed up for Phone and Elise’s engagement party this was quite similar to the previous attempt. This time I added 3L of apple and pear juice to the can. Again very dry, with similar complaints to last time.

6/10

Big Weekend

Lots of stuff happened this weekend (20-21 Feb). Phone and Elise had their engagement party, which changed venue at the last minute due to a massive thunderstorm and corresponding blackout. Parramatta Council seems to use any rain as an excuse to cut the power and save some money.

Church tonight was okay. I’m looking forwards to some changes happening this year – firstly music, a better attitude to learning and worship, and eventually to a new service starting up and bringing some new people to the church.

All systems are go!

Today I did something a little bit exciting:

I set up a blog on my home website.

If you are reading this, you’ve found your way here. I set up the mysql database, configured and installed wordpress, and here I am.

Hopefully I’ll come up with something more significant to say sometime soon.

Patterson’s Pils

Fermenting: 22/01/2005 Bottled: 28/01/2005

Another Wetpak from `The Country Brewer’ this one was not as memorable as the Little Creatures styled beer. A pleasant, drinkable German-style pilsener, it was fresh and high quality, but not brilliant.

7/10

Second tasting: 01/04/2005 Been bottled for 2 months now, and definately improved. This is now a good beer, with a crisp lager taste, even if it isn’t dry. Quite malty and refreshing.

8/10