Mozzie Ale

Wals BitterWillamette HopsChocolate Grain

Fermenting: 26/02/2008 Bottled: 10/05/2008

The first batch of beer I’ve brewed at my new residence, I’m having another crack at making a bitter beer, something I’ve not done since June 2005. This extended gap was partly due to other interests I’ve discovered and the fact that I didn’t seem to like these bitters very much.

Anyway, I’m making up one of the Country Brewer’s seasonal recipes – Mozzie Ale. This beer contains a can of Wal’s bitter, 1 kg of Brew Booster (500g Dextrose / 250g Maltodextron / 250 g Light Malt), 150g of chocolate grain and 12g of Willamette hops.

The mix went okay, but a little too much grain made it through my strainer into the fermenter. It is summer and therefore hot, so the yeast was pitched a little warm at 26°. The wort appears quite dark in colour – very brown on it’s way to black. Should be interesting to see how it comes out in a month or so.

Heritage Lager

Fermenting: 05/09/2007 Bottled: 27/09/2007

Thomas Coopers Heritage Lager

Having such good memories of the previous time I made this beer, I decided to do it again.

Ingredients:

  • 1.7kg can Thomas Cooper’s Premium Selection Heritage Lager
  • 1 kg Ultrabrew (500g malt, 250g dextrose, 250g maltodextrin)
  • 24g Hersbrucker hops

Can you believe it? It was 3 years ago almost to the day I started brewing the last one. I guess that also means this site has been going that long, given I started it to track my brewing progress and recipes. This batch is the 39th lot of beer I have made since that first one back in June 2004. Not including another 6 non-beer drinks (3 cider, 2 ginger beer and 1 forgettable lemonade).

I’d say the best thing about home brewing is being able to try some of the great flavours of the world, right at home. I can try a new beer from Belgium, Brazil or Poland, then try to make it at home. It can be expensive to buy a case of these beers – have a look at how much a single bottle of Chimay costs – but create the same thing in your living room and discover how much flavour and history there is in a simple beverage.

I guess that’s what “Thomas Cooper’s Heritage Lager” is about as well – flavour and history, recreated in a barrel next to my lounge.

Bottling notes: Straw yellow in colour, pretty clear already, should be good to drink in 3-4 weeks.