Dark times at home.My homebrew haven is no longer the retreat it should be. Unbelievably, there’s nowt to drink. Or next to nowt.
An unbelievable state of affairs I know, and I’m doing my best to get my house in order, but last night I had to resort to commercial ale. Actually, it’s no hardship, and while some brews remind me why I like to brew my own, others simply inspire me.
And it’s not a complete homebrew drought, it’s just that I don’t have much ready; I have half a keg of the something I’m saving that to take to friends at the end of the month. I also have 5 gallons of an IPA conditioning, 5 Gallons of Schwarzbier lagering and 10 gallons of another IPA fermenting. So plenty of beer, just nothing ready. Well, nothing other than the Simonds, and that’s not really a quaffing ale.
So I cracked open a couple of wheat beers. Not my usual poison of choice, but unless you try these things you never know. I only brewed 5 gallons of the Simonds because I convinced myself it wasn’t my type of beer, and how wrong I was. So I’m not about to dismiss the wheat beer, just because it’s something I wouldn’t normally pick.
I didn't think much of the other, and while neither will become regulars in my shopping trolley, I probably would buy the Kristall again, most probably at some stage during the summer.
So, what I need to do now is get another brew on PDQ. A lowish gravity ale that I can get ready quickly, to restore some order and plug the gap I currently have. If things go well this week, maybe I'll fire up the brewgear again on Friday. Until then I have jobs to do up the allotment. It's going to be a busy week and work will simply have to wait until the weekend.
Expect an allotment post real soon.