We’ve been at our new house for 4 months now, most of that with a very empty beer cupboard, but I’ve been loathe to put a brew on as the quality of the water is so shocking. Apparently the problem is galvanised steel pipes which are clogged up. The water that comes out is discoloured, tastes bad and is at a very low pressure. We asked the landlord to fix it but apparently the cost of replacing all the pipes in the house is more than he is willing to spend, so we just have to cop it.
But the lack of cheap, tasty beer has been getting to me, so I’ve bitten the bullet and put a batch on. Before I left Sydney in 2008, I made sure I had a kit of my favourite homebrew with me — the American Pale Ale wetpak from The Country Brewer. Looking at the history of this site it appears I have not made this kit for 4 years!
Previous brews recorded here:
Fermenting: 02/08/2010 Bottled: 06/11/2010
Ingredients: 3kg can containing light malt extract and hops, 150g of crystal malt, 20g of cascade hops and 10g of Safale s-04 yeast
Add the hopped malt to 3L water, simmer for 1 hour. Steep & sparge grain, then add to pot. Add hops and wait 10 mins.
Pour the hot wort into your fermenting vessel, then top up with water to 22L and add the yeast. Leave it alone to ferment for a week or so, then bottle.