30 April 2005

posted by benjy edwards

After a month off of brewing, we resume with a clone of Bluebird Bitter from Coniston Brewing in Cumbria.  This is the sixth batch of this ale, using the same grain bill each time, pale malt, with a pound of crystal, half a pound of wheat, and an ounce of roast barley.  Hops are Northern Brewer for bittering and First Gold for flavour and aroma.  The target was 1.043, but we exceeded it again, getting 1.050 instead.  Incidentally, this was the first brew of the season outside.

3 April 2005

posted by benjy edwards

The Boathouse Bitter has had eight days in the primary, so time to rack it into a cask.  The two yeasts performed about the same, the Dry English Ale reached 1.016 and the English Ale reached 1.018.  The firkin was dry-hopped with six ounces of First Gold plugs, and no primings were necessary.  The ale will have eleven days to condition before before venting and tapping on 14 April, and serving on 15 April at John’s 50th birthday party.