My mascot for Sunday was my cat Asia, the other one is sleeping in the laundry basket.
This weekend I brewed what should be a nice English ESB. The only problem is that my yeast expired in May so I am hoping there is going to be some life. As of yet, almost 24 hours later there is nothing going on. I hope it kicks in to life by the time I get home tomorrow. The recipe is at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile the witbier is still in the bucket. I will not bother to put in to secondary as a wit does not need any clearing of expended yeast.
I heard a lot about Zeitgeist, Brewdog (which I am a fan of what I have had) set this one up with its own website and 70% off. Now shipping to Ireland is £35 so in the end the 24 bottles (of which 23 survived the journey) cost about €2 and some change each. Still cheaper than buying it in a shop here.
Anyway I have decided that this beer should be had straight from the bottle, well for me anyway and the reason is this. Zeitgest has an aroma unlike any beer I have ever had and to both myself and my wife it is like mouldy clothes. The other thing about this beer is that it is weak and watery. It is like a watered down porter. The thing is, the beer is growing on me and I have had two since I got home from work. It seems to go very well with a spicy pasta. I think I am a little spoiled here because I was in Prague a few months back and VelkyAl brought me around and we had some very fine examples of dark lager. Now don't get me wrong, this is probably a fine beer but it does not jump out at me as being anything but a slightly watery dark lager with a little complexity hidden in the background and a tendency to smell like dirty laundry. I know this review probably flies in the face of what other bloggers have said but at the end of the day, go get a bottle and try it and decide for yourself. It is not a bad beer, it is a rather fine beer but I think it just is not up to the standard I found in Prague.
Here is another Hook Norton Beer. This one, called Old Hooky.
This is a lovely beer that both myself and my wife enjoyed. It is fruity, sweet, spicy, malty with light lingering hops. In fact I found the more I drank, the more the hop character emerged leading to a very enjoyable finish.
Below is the recipe for my ESB for those interested. The original gravity ended up as 1.044
8-C Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
Author: Reuben Gray (Saruman)
Size: 25.18 L
Calories: 151.47 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.046 (1.048 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.011 (1.010 - 1.016)
Color: 26.17 (11.82 - 35.46)
Alcohol: 4.48% (4.6% - 6.2%)
Bitterness: 46.5 (30.0 - 50.0)
2250 g Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
2400 g Pearl Pale Ale Malt
220 g CaraPils Malt (brupaks)
250 g Crystal Malt
100 g Chocolate Malt (pale)
40 g Cascade (7.6%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
20 g Challenger (6.5%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
10 g Northern Brewer-Hallertau Hersbruck (10.9%) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
15 g First Gold (6.2%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 min
1 ea White Labs WLP002 English Ale
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