The only way to improve, is to learn for what you get wrong.
- AG #15 – 5th August, 2015
- Kuiper Belt: Pluto – Charon Binary
- AG #14 – 28th December, 2014
- Brown Dwarf: Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade
- AG #13 – 11th December 2014
- Binary Star: Chinook, Citra
- AG #12 – 21 November, 2014
- Nova: Homegrown Cascade
- AG #11 – 1st August 2014
- Binary Star: Nelson Sauvin, Citra
- AG #10 – 22nd April, 2014
- Coronal Mass Ejection: Kohatu, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin
- AG #09 – 11th April 2014
- Binary Star: Galaxy, Citra
- AG #08 – 18th July, 2013
- Pulsar: Homegrown Cascade
- AG #07 – 30th June, 2013
- Pulsar: Amarillo
- AG #06 – 15th June 2013
- Binary Star: Delta, Green Bullet
- AG #05 – 30th May, 2013
- Coronal Mass Ejection: Cascade, Centennial, Columbus
- AG #04 – 13th & 14th of April, 2013
- Binary Star: Simcoe, Amarillo
- AG #03 – 16th & 17th of March, 2013
- Binary Star: Galaxy, Amarillo
What’s In a Name?
I spend a ludicrous amount of time trying to come up with the names for my beers, it’s a bit daft really. Rather than just plucking a name at random, I try and make the name fit the beer, hence why it can sometimes take a while to settle on something I’m happy with. Anyway, here’s a bit of reasoning behind each of the names:
Just like a real binary star, where the primary and secondary stars orbit around their common centre of mass, these beers all feature a primary and secondary hop. With a target OG of 1.040 and 50 IBU, they are slightly unbalanced and over the top, with one hop providing the main bitterness, flavour and aroma, while the other spins wildly round the edges.
Coronal Mass Ejection
Evidently the secret to lots of hop flavour and aroma, is lots of late hops. Just like a Coronal Mass Ejection releasing huge quantities of matter and electromagnetic radiation into space above the sun’s surface, I wanted these beers to really punch you in the face with masses of flavour and aroma. With a target OG of 1.060 and all of the 60 IBUs being added during the final ten minutes (or so) of the boil, they should hopefully deliver that face full of flavour and aroma.
If a Pulsar is an interstellar lighthouse, beaming electromagnetic radiation into the cosmos, these beers are beaming a single hop straight onto your taste buds. They are brewed to an OG of 1.035 with Pilsner malt, to allow the 35 IBUs of hops to shine as brightly as possible, without the malt flavour getting in the way too much.
A Nova, is a cataclysmic nuclear explosion on a white dwarf, which causes a sudden brightening of the star. They are less energetic than a Supernova, just as an American Pale Ale (APA), is less intense than an American India Pale Ale. With no fixed malt base, ABV, IBU or hopping schedule, these APA’s are pretty much a, "whatever takes my fancy at the time", take on the style.
What can I say? They’re brown and not as hoppy as a Brown IPA. So I suppose it’s a bit like a Brown Dwarf; while it’s a star, it’s just not massive enough to become a main sequence star. (I tried to think up a better name, but the inspiration just wouldn’t come, a bit pants really)