We finished up our rather awful chocolate stout, which really was fantastic in comparison to our totally gruesome Christmas Ale. We’ve learned that really we should aim lower, and cheaper, and also, to try and make the same thing a few times in a row so that we can see just what it is that’s making our beer barely drinkable. I say barely drinkable but of course we’ve drunk it all. It’s still beer.
So, we’ve decided to make a Shaftesbury Cream Ale. It’s recognisable, it’s lighter and it’s cheaper. We’lll make it a few times, and we won’t wait so long before making it again because OH NO WE’RE OUT OF BEER. I don’t think you should EVER be out of beer when you have a beer fridge.
Here’s the recipe we’ll be using – we’re lucky enough to have a homebrew supply store a mere 5 blocks from our house. A good reason to be an URBAN homesteader rather than have a hobby farm, I suppose.
Shaftebury Cream Ale – O.G. – 1.042 ……………….. $20.00
6lb 10 oz pale malt extract
4 oz carapils malt
5 oz British crystal malt
4 oz chocolate malt
1 oz willamette \1/2 oz cascade blend together and boil 75% for 1 hour / use 25% for finishing
This recipe is to the budding homebrewer what “Smoke On The Water” once was to a twelve year old picking up a guitar for the first time.
As you can see Dan’s Homebrewing isn’t just awesome because it’s close, nor just because it is well stocked. It’s mostly awesome because they’re hilarious (although not always entirely friendly to the newbie). Really, there isn’t anything like it, and I will always recommend it for anyone looking for supplies and ingredients.
You’ll also note they are trapped somewhere in the late 90s in terms of website design (and hosting!?). That URL gives me the giggles every time I visit it. dan small what!?
In the summer I’d like to make cider. I only wish I had a pear tree. Oh Heatherrrrr……