I’m always thinking about what I would like to brew next…
I’m off on holiday at the end of the week, and I’m really looking forward to the break. My holiday reading is mainly beer based, Principles of Brewing Science, Farmhouse Ales, Brewing with Wheat, Yeast and Designing Great Beers; although I have a load of classic kids stories to read too, well, to the kids. I’m also taking a couple of my bikes and am really looking forward to the beers at the end of what’s looking like, some rather steep rides.
I’ve written down what I’d like to brew when I get back, it’s not set in stone yet, but will be something along the lines of:
- Voyager: Evin’s Triple Stout
- Binary Star: Galaxy, Citra
- Coronal Mass Ejection: Kohatu, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin
- Voyager: No. 3 Export (1868), Wm. Younger
- Binary Star: Nelson Sauvin, Citra
- Nebula: Amarillo
Three are completely new beers to me and the other three are re-brews of existing recipes, but with different hops. Having said that, one of the things I want to do during the holiday, is tweak the grain bills for both Binary Star and Coronal Mass Ejection, so while they may look similar in the glass, they may be quite different in the mash tun. However they turn out though, I’m really looking forward to using some of the new season Kiwi hops, especially the Nelson Sauvin.
I’ve never brewed a stout before, so I’ve decided to go in at the deep end and have a bash at Evin’s Triple Stout recipe that was featured in Phil Lowry’s BEER magazine homebrewing column. I’m a massive fan of Evin’s beer, so I’m really, really looking forward to brewing this one.
In a similar vein, I’m also going to have a crack at brewing a historical recipe, namely William Younger’s No. 3 Export from 1868. The recipe is from Ron Pattinson’s excellent blog and while it’s not the No. 3 I remember drinking as a student in Aberdeen, it should be a nice introduction to both historical recipes and Double IPAs Scotch Ale.
Finally, I would like to brew a Wit beer and as I still have some Amarillo left over, I’m going to single hop it with some of those. I’m still undecided if it’s going to be a straight up Blanche de Louvain homage, or if it’ll take some inspiration from the US, only time will tell. It’s one of the reasons why I’m taking Brewing with Wheat with me, even though I’ve nearly finished reading it.
I’m really looking forward to getting back from holiday and getting on with brewing some of these beers.