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  1. I got Roasted!!!

    by , 19th February 2015 at 12:58 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    ...or at least, some of my grain did.

    I like a stout now and then, especially one home-made by myself. I have used Beerguevara's (BGV) Stout Kit a couple of times but I want to try my hand at designing my own recipe and, therefore, roasting my own grains would be needed.

    So I go back into BGV and order a load of good old trusty 2-row grain, about 4kg milled and another 1kg unmilled, make sure I have all my other ingredients at home and then wait for a gap in the loadshedding ...

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  2. My first meeting with the Southyeasters

    by , 15th May 2014 at 10:16 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    I had to drop off my entry for the Devils Peak Homebrew competition at the Tap Room before I go on a roadtrip next weekend, so I figured I would coincide that trip with a meeting of the Southyeasters and kill two dops with one stone.

    I didn't know what to expect, thinking it would be more like a discussion of things homebrewing, but it turned out to be totally different.

    Instead, it was a bunch of like-minded brewers, some hobbyists and some commercials, getting together ...
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  3. Using a Boil Keg is a whole different kettle of fish...

    by , 12th February 2014 at 10:46 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    ...or beer, as it was in this case.

    I bought a couple of Beerguevara's Molotov refills the other day so that I could brew up some easy-quaffing ales while I dream up the next recipe I'll make. The great thing about these refills is that they are now available in 15L versions, so my taste buds immediately went "Me. Me. Pick me!" and I had to get a couple of those.

    Settling on the Biscuit Ale as the brew for the day and with work being a little quiet at the moment, ...
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  4. Hooray for Cherry IPA...

    by , 3rd February 2014 at 15:29 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    On Saturday evening we had some friends around for a braai and, having had some of my brews previously, they all wanted to know when the next batch was going to be available.

    The only beer I had bottled were the two IPA's, one plain and the other cherry-infused, but the cherry version had been in the bottle for exactly two weeks, so I though "Hmmmm.....let's give it a try".

    I don't say this often, but OMG!! When I heard the half-second "pssh" noise as ...
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  5. Today is the Day for IPA...

    by , 28th January 2014 at 12:31 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    ...to be bottled.

    A couple of weeks ago I brewed up a 10L batch and, despite having done a nasty to my back last Saturday following which I could hardly move on Sunday, I have to get this brew bottled.

    I've currently got 24x 440ml bottles in the dishwasher undergoing a 70degC rinse and sterilisation. Once that is done, I will let them cool down a bit, prime them with a teaspoon of sugar each, then use my Super Automatic Bottle Filler to rack the correct amount of brew into ...
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