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Latest note

I added 150g of houjicha (ほうじ茶), a roasted green tea into the 20L of brown ale in my fermenter this evening.. when I wrote the recipe I didn’t appreciate just how much tea that was :) just shy of two full packets.. I guess I’d better order larger quantities from the in-laws next time!


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Studying: B91WF Wort Boiling and Fermentation @ Heriot Watt University, a course from the MSc in Brewing and Distilling programme.

Fermenter 1: Patiently awaiting wort.

Fermenter 2: My first original recipe stout.

Planning: Introducing sweet chestnut into one of my recipes, but wondering how best to do so.

Reading: For the Love of Hops by Stan Hieronymus.

Watching: TV? Who has the time?

Playing: Crusader Kings III a grand strategy game with strong story, character and legacy development.

Latest Workout

Slow walking
11 Aug 2021
Islay pickup
route map of outdoor exercise from fitotrack app Distance
2.171 km
14:35 min/km
Calories burned
100 kcal