For those who want to see what we got up to, here's a photographic story of our day at BrewCo making "Hop Manifesto"... The Launch Night photos are here!
08:15, time to get started!
Measuring out the Wheat Malt (that's water treatment salts in the dish, by the way...)
Who invited him?
Right then, let's get mashing...
Fawcett's Low-colour Maris Otter goes into the malt hopper
Some long-haired idiot tips malt all over the floor
The malt hopper full of Castleford's finest
Pete's pre-masher hard at work
Stirring in the dry spots
Making sure we've got them all
Packs of hops ready for their date with destiny
"Running off" the sweet wort into the copper
Sparging the grain
The super-sticky Magnums are opened
Look at the colour of them beauties!
Breaking up the first hop charge and getting sticky hands
Pete's hop nosebag!
The "First-wort" Magnums ready to go in
Official beer tester...
The first charge of "first wort" hops goes into the copper
The boil gets under way
It's soon time for some more hops...
A Japanese gravel garden? No, it's the spent grains after sparging!
Pete checks the clarity of the final runoff from the mashtun
We don't want to use that!
A "thrashing boil" is achieved
Pete and Dave discuss the brew's progress
Dave digging out the mashtun
I do some work, you know...
I'm knackered, where's me beer?
Cleaning out the mashtun
Cleaning the filter plate
Dave adds the third charge of Magnums after half an hour...
...and makes sure they're all nice and wet
The brewhouse from above
In go the Centennials...
How much longer to boil?
The final hop charge of Cascade and Centennial
Measuring out the yeast
Checking the hopped wort as we transfer to the fermenter
Like my brewing trousers?
The spent hops almost cover the copper's elements!
Digging out the copper
Jet-cleaning spent hops from the elements
There's a lot more cleaning to do than you think...
The final few hops go down the drain
And, finally, time for some relaxation in the sample room!
Bloody hell I need this... it's hard work this brewing lark!
What a great day that was! Massive thanks to Pete for helping us to achieve this milestone and here's to many more similar times in the future...
Ten days later, Dave returned to rack the beer...
The first pint straight from the fermenter...
Lines of casks after being filled with Hop Manifesto
All 22 casks ready to roll!
And, finally, the finished product... Hop Manifesto on the bar at the Dragon, Worcester. Now you've seen how much work goes into making it, the next time you have a beer raise a glass to the hard-working brewers of the world!
These photos were taken on the official launch night in the Harlequin, Sheffield, 13th October 2009
All three beers on in the Harlequin, Sheffield
Hannah pulls us some Hop Manifesto
Dave pulls a pint of Hop Manifesto in the Harlequin
More Drink! Hooray!
Tasting the finished beer in the Harlequin
Cask of Bez in the Harlequin cellar!
Checking the clarity (not bad!)
Dave gives Bez a taste...
Gazza gives it a go too...
Life of Brian with a few floaters in... (well, it was the first off the cask!)
Taste those lemons...
Life of Brian sampling in the Harlequin cellar
Here's a small video of Dave serving Hop Manifesto in the Harlequin is here, including the obligatory ranting!!