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  1. Was it the sudden weather change...

    by , 9th January 2014 at 10:20 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    ...that caused my fermenting IPA to change its bubble pattern?

    The cherry-infused IPA I brewed on Sunday, by Monday morning, was sending out a constant stream of bubbles through the airlock. I don't believe I have ever seen a brew make that many bubbles, and certainly not one of my own.

    Then the weather changed.

    Tuesday saw rain set in over the southern Peninsula, and the temperature dropped in the "man cave" overnight from 24degC to 18deg.

    Updated 13th January 2014 at 10:27 by StevenD (Slainthe)

  2. Too many things going wrong on this brew...

    by , 7th January 2014 at 12:23 (Slainthe Blarg - Ramblings of a Self-confessed Brewer)
    ...almost made me lose faith in my abilities. Almost.

    I decided to brew an IPA (my first), but I was going to add a twist to it. I know I should have brewed a normal IPA first to get the hang of it, but as this was to be a smaller batch than the other (as an experiment), I started with this one to get it into the fermenter. This smaller batch is a cherry-infused version, for which I used fresh cherries as they are in season (read: available in the shops).

    On Saturday, I ...
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