Christmas approaching

Christmas is rapidly getting closer with only a few brewing opportunities left now.  So if you’re planning a big gathering and fancy one of our 5litre mini-kegs, or even a 20litre “pin” (bag-in-box) to tide you through the holiday period then let us know by the beginning of November so we can reserve one for you.  Mini-kegs are priced at between £19 – £21each (+£5 deposit); pins are between £72 and £80 depending on which beer.

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New kit installation

We are now up and running with our 1.3 barrel equipment supplied by Brewzone. This enables us to produce up to 200 litres of beer at a time instead of 50.IMG_1185All working well with the first three brews now bottled. The first brew, Hole’s Hole Porter, is tasting very good already with lots of complex flavours developing and will be available from the beginning of April.

Hop Garden Expands

The new hop plants have arrived and been heeled in, ready and waiting to go out in the new area that will extend our hop garden.

A mustard ‘green manure’ was sown there back in the early autumn to hold the soil nutrients over winter, and as soon as the ground is workable we’ll turn that in and start forming the ridges for planting.

If the weather is kind to us we’ll get the plants in late March.

The hops in our smaller trial areas really thrived last summer, and have provided us with around half the hops we’ll need for brewing this year. As well as planting more of the 8 varieties that we know do well for us, like Wye Challenger, Cascade and Bramling Cross, we’ll be trying a couple of ‘American’ varieties, Centennial and Williamette. If they do well that will give us another couple of aroma profiles to play with in our brews!

 

New Kit Installation

We’ve been brewing and bottling as fast as we can with our trial size 50l kit, but are really excited that (after an unavoidable delay) the fabricators have started work on our full size kit (200l), which should make it easier to keep up with demand. Installation is planned for the end of February – we can’t wait !