23: Don’t Mention The War Pilsner II


A few hours later and the pilsner is still trickling to the primary. I need to find space in the fridge for when it’s done so time to work through the random single bottles I have in the fridge…

Beer on the rocks?

Beer on the rocks?

Kohan No Mori in Tazawako’s On The Rock’s Beer – very dark brown colour but lovely tasty red/brown beer. With ice – as they recommend it to be consumed – it’s a bit less rich.

Looks like they have their own restaurant too. Very nice beer and love the “I printed them on my PC” labels.

Kinshachi IPA

Kinshachi IPA

from Nagoya – I’ve had this at beer festivals and it was nonplussing, but in bottles it’s not bad. Not hugely hoppy, but I’d be very happy to drink it. Great bitterness.

Shiga Kogen Wheat Wine

Shiga Kogen Wheat Wine

Shiga Kogen Wheat Wine – a gift from Jonno. Very malty and despite being 9.5% and a wheat version of a barley wine, it’s not too sweet. Nice.

Margriet

Margriet

Margriet – with orange peel, corriander, and rose petals. Fruity and Belgian and, well, something strange about it really – but I can’t put my finger on it.

The End

The End

Wort finally drained, all that’s left is a mix of leaf and pellet Saaz – and my failed protection. It’s time to hit the sack. Hic!

I have new found sympathy for British Rail.

I was having a perfect brew day and suddenly when I go to pump the wort through the plate chiller I get no flow for about 30 seconds then this happens:

Hops in the line

Hops in the line

My hop protection must have fallen out.

Hop protection

Hop protection

No change of cooling in the sink with 23L or so of wort. I should probably leave it to cool at room temp, but instead I’m trickling it down to the primary and once it’s all moved, I’ll stick it in the fridge to cool.

Helios Goya Dry from Okinawa

Helios Goya Dry from Okinawa

A couple of beers to relax…

K's Brewing Company - The Brewmaster Fukuoka Blonde Dry

K's Brewing Company - The Brewmaster Fukuoka Blonde Dry

…and then I better clean up.

Nice beers these actually: Helios is dry, not so bitter, and has good flavour (not what I expected from a beer made with goya, a bitter Japanese vegetable); K’s Blonde Dry is lovely and dry with almost a honey aftertaste.

Not just nice – damn good beers actually. Wish I had more bottles of them both. Looks like Helios have a pub in Okinawa also – I’ve been wanting to go to Okinawa for a while, now I have a beer reason to go there it might actually happen!

Beer is a repeast of #18: Don’t Mention The War Pilsner. Full details some other time – need to clean up now.

Just had a Cabos & Honey also – bitter and very sweet; OK but don’t think I couldn’t drink a lot. The lady likes it though.