26 June 2010

posted by benjy edwards

Another day to brew more cask beer.  After laying my hands on some Styrian Golding hops sent to me from England (actually Bobek is the variety I got, supposedly very similar to Styrians), we are brewing some of our favourite ales using this hop.  Today it’s Golden Arrow from Cottage Brewing, which is 97% Maris Otter and 3% pale crystal at an original gravity of 1.040. Next up will likely be another Styrian beer, Palmer’s Best Bitter.  Landlord is the most famous of the cask ales brewed with Styrian Goldings.

The hops are Target for bittering, Bobek and Willamette for flavour, and more Bobek for aroma.  We gave the flameout minute addition about 20 minutes to steep before beginning the chill.

The Bishop’s Farewell brewed last week fermented well, dropping to 1.012 and showing no signs of problems despite fermenting the starter 5 to 10 degrees warmer than recommended.   After only a week it’s tasting great and with a bit of condition and chilling it to cellar temperature it will be just the thing for the hot summer days.  We put half of the batch in the pin with an ounce and a half of Cascade and the other half into a corny with two ounces of dry hop.

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