How to Build a Wort Chiller

Since I started all grain brewing I’ve  always used the ‘no chill’ method of cooling my worth after boiling. This involved simply filling a plastic jerry can with the hot wort and letting it cool overnight before pitching the yeast….


California Stout

For the 2nd meeting of the Hertford Beer and Brewers group (HBAB) it was decided we should all have a go at brewing a dark beer (since it was still winter). I’d brewed a porter last year, which I’m yet…


Using a Refractometer in Brewing

A refractometer is one of the pieces of brewing equipment I bought on a whim but it turned out to be a great purchase. Checking the gravity of your wort while you’re brewing is a fairly important factor in producing…


Cascade Hops

Earlier this year I bought a couple of hop rhizomes from Willingham Nurseries with the hope that I’d one day be able to make a beer or 2 with hops I’d grown myself. I bought a cascade and a goldings and put…


Making a Hop Tea

For my American Pale Ale recipe rather than dry hopping I thought I’d give making a hop tea a try to add that extra hop boost I was looking for. A hop tea is an infusion of hops and water,…


American Pale Ale

For my 20th AG brew I thought I’d do something little special and do a highly hopped American Pale Ale. I’d had 500g of Cascade in the freezer I wanted to use some of but wanted to pair another US…