This week I've unearthed a couple of crackers. The "Irish type" Stout is a revelation. But you'll have to wait to discover about that. I want Kristen to put the recipe together first before going into details. There'll be quite a debate about it, I'm sure.
You may remember talking about hop additions. And how often I can only guess what they were, because they weren't noted down in the records.Finally I've found a log the does have all the details of the copper hops. I'm not sure, though, that it doesn't ask as many questions as it answers.
Here's the information, scrawled in the top margin:
That's one lot of hops at the start of the boil, the second lot after an hour and the third after 2 hours. (The total length of the boil was 2.5 hours.)
These are the hop details:
So the first hops in were the Wellband East Kents, followed by the Saaz with Champion Mid Kents last.
What questions does this raise? First one is why were the hop additions noted on this log but no others? To me it implies that there was something different about how it was done for this brew. Secondly, did they always make three hop additions? Their beers usually contained three different types of hops. Were they always added at different times?
I keep accumulating more questions. More quickly than I find answers. And how does the song go? "There are more answers than questions." A long way to go yet.