Saturday the 4th of October saw our Olicanabrew club give a Brewing Demonstration for Addinghan Beer Festival. It was well attended, the organisers reporting the numbers for Saturday afternoon were well up on previous years. Gaz did most of the Presenting with Nick doing a bit, I even surprised myself and explained a bit of the Barley Malting Process whilst helping out with the Vastly expedited Brew process! a big Well done to Gaz and Nick for Holding it together. The Club or Brewing Collective as we were introduced as.. brought along 4 beers for the Festival goers to sample, Peter and Al’s Pineapple IPA , Brommo’s Gods Own IPA, Nicks Hibiscus IPA and mine and Gaz’s Addingham Pale ale. I have been a bit lax and forgot to note their ABV’s, Sorry Guys…
We seem to have a running theme common with the beers for the meetings lack of conditioning time.. I’m not sure the Cask ales had time to condition and settle properly for the festival, as the samples that I had before the demo were a bit Cloudy as they had only had a day and 1/2 to settle after their journey !
Mine and Gaz’z Pale was the one and only Keg on at the Festival, so I had to bring along the CO2 , a regulator and party Tap…! . I also tried to make sure it would dispense properly by taking along a coolbox with 10Kg of ice and one of my F.V.s to stand it in iced water, it worked to a fair extent and cooled it considerably but still fobbed a little without a flow controlled tap ….
During our demonstration our beers were hawked around the main hall and offered up to willing quaffers..and on the whole think they were well received, one guy even came up and personally praised mine and Gaz’s Pale Ale .. chuffed..
Nick announced that he was trying to organising a Collaboration Brew some time in the new year with a local Brewery, looking forward to that and He also has the idea of expanding on that to get more collaboration Beers on the go with other breweries and get a Home Brew Collaboration Beer Festival organised, If that comes about it’ll be fantastic. ..
Gaz announced he was hiring a lock up to do his brewing in that should Save his back, no more carrying FV’s etc down his hall into the bathroom … When it’s up and running I’d like a tour and do another collab brew…
Monday 13th I have taken off and plan to have a BrewDay, I’d best get the planned Belgian Tripel done, Planned earlier in the summer but just not done… yeast starter needs doing as the yeast has been in the fridge since march so I’d best make sure its still viable..