Saturday, 1 September 2012
A Smallholders Ale Cellar.
That's my stash of Scottish Heavy Bitter resting in our Utility room (Boot room if you're posh) and waiting for me to drink. That picture was taken last week and quite a few of the bottles are no longer full of bitter. I have attempted brewing ale in the past but never been really successful. However due to encouragement from readers of this blog, I have finally managed to grasp the nettle and know how to make a reasonable pint of bitter.
If you have never attempted to make your own bitter or lager or stout or mild. Here's a fool proof way of making some of your very own ale.
Get yourself down to a home brew shop or somewhere like Wilkinsons. Then get yourself a fermentation bin, an airlock, a beer making kit (I prefer bitter), some sugar, sterilize everything and just follow the instructions. A week later or so your beer will have stopped sending bubbles up and it will be ready for bottling. So sanitize your bottles and fill them with your grog. Then leave them for a few days (about a week to ten days) and you will be ready to drink it. Of course I don't wait that long (7 days) and I have to drink a few bottles.
If for some reason you're not happy with your brew do not despair. Pour some in a jug and then pour it from an height into a glass and top up with some bought bitter. I tend to use Theakstons or Newcastle Brown Ale.
C'mon folks. If I can make my own ale, anybody can. Plus you will have made yourself forty pints for less than twenty two quid and that's including a bag of sugar. Not bad eh?