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Back to brewing

It’s been a while since my last brew and the supplies are running low at home, with a bit of help from people at work :)

So there is this competition coming up at the end of September, the Unofficial Oslo Championships. So i figured why not give it a try, worst thing that could happen is you get some tips to make it better next time. It being internation Beer day on Sunday i thought it would be perfect for a new brewing day.
First off we made a IPA based on Kohatu and Nelson Sauvin hops. This one being sort of a collaboration brew, with Joseph from work that also brews at home and Marita and me.

First we upgraded the beer brew 30 a bit with some high tech insulation technology from Biltema:

It has a nice color to the boil, and about 150g of hops! Will be more going in for dry hopping later on.

Next India Saison being my favorite i’ve made so far, and the fact that so many other people liked it i figured i need to make it again. We didn’t get around to doing 2 in the same day so this one Marita and i did yesterday.

Lots of beautiful hops going into the start, this time i decided to add the Amarillo flowers to the boil instead of pellets (citra on the left).

The hops look and smell amazing!

Finally both on fermentation, the IPA on the left is 24 hours ahead on fermentation so its already bubbling away :)

Now we are both a bit worn out from brewing 2 days in a row, and the cleaning is the worst part, especially since the India Saison had a little accident and overboiled a little. Maybe i can get someone to clean for me next time, i wish ;)


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Kinn

So one of the things i did on vacation was visit one of my favorite brewerys Kinn in Florø, Norway a small town on the west coast of Norway.

Florø has a small and beautiful airport but from where i was coming from there was only boats with a whole 2 departures a day. So early in the morning, too early for me to remember much more than the islands/fjords we past between Måløy and Florø.


The front of the brewery is a shop that selles their beers (under 4.7% according to Norwegian law), brewing supplies for home brewers, and some delicacy food items like coffee beans and spanish sausages.

When the shop finally opened at 14:00 after a really long morning we stepped in and asked if we could have a look at the brewery behind at the brewery. We called ahead to see when we could come by as they don´t brew everyday, and they technically dont give tours, but if they are in a good mood will show you around.

As the brewer mentioned most of the equipment is from old milk tanks, and they probably produce the most beer per square meter in Norway. We stood in the middle of the brewery and just had to turn 360 degrees to see everything.


It just goes to show you that you don´t need fancy/expensive equipment to make good beer!

They use an open fermention method, meaning they won´t cover the fermentation tanks during the fermentation process. The pictured tanks are in a room of their own where they can control the air quality and temperature. This is not used by many brewers because you have a higher risk for infecting the beer, but gives the beer a lot more aroma from the hops. The brewer mentioned that Nøgne Ø was visiting once and mentioned they wished they could do that.

Pictured above they are transfering Kinn Vestkyst (one of my favorite IPAs) from the boler to fermentation.

Also on a side note the brewer mentioned that when Kinn is moving to a bigger location in Florø he is buying some of the current equipment and starting his on brewery in Trondheim, so he can´t wait till they move later this year.


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Schouskjelleren Microbrewery

I have been a bit busy with holidays and other things the past few weeks and havent had time to post anything, but i have lots of things to post, first off i should start with what i think to be the best microbrewery in Oslo, it opened almost 2 years ago around the same time 2 others, we now have 4! The first one being opened in 1989 called Oslo Microbrewery, one i´m not too big a fan of for reasons i won´t go into here.

Schouskjelleren Microbrewery is situated in the remains of the old industrial Schous Brewery that was opened in 1873 and closed/moved in 1981. Obviously it doesnt occupy the whole site, but it uses a basement of an old building on site, hence the name, skjellereren meaning basement in english.

As you enter the pub you are greated with all the brewing equipment, and on thursdays the smell of beer being brewed.

After you reach the basement you can see the back of the bar, where the have 4 shiney vessels full of their beer.

The main attraction is obviously the bar, on this day i was in quite early and was probably one of the first ones there, so the bartender was still putting up the days beers on the menu. I tryed the Sonne IPA that they made themselves.

The reason i like this microbrewery/pub so much is the beer they serve, They normally have 1 board for their beer and 1 for guest beers on tap. The tap menu rarely has the same beers on it unless you come 2 days in a row, but even then it won´t be 100% the same. Many times i have been sitting there getting ready to go and they changed the menu and added something i just had to try. The guest taps are always interesting, i have seen things from Mikkeller, Evil Twin, Southern Tier just to name a few and once they even had the head brewer from Beer Here visting to make a collaboration and filled the guest tap menu with his beers and our stomachs with free finger food.

I also like the fact that they sell their glasses for 15 NOK, wich is why you will find them in a lot of my posts when i take pictures of beers i taste.

It´s a must if you live near or in Oslo or are just visiting. They don´t have a website but they normally update their facebook page with interesting info from the pub in english.


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Rosa Kinn

So my first trip to the grocery store after coming home from Manchester was a good one, beer wise. First they finally had the summer beer byKinn Brewery called Rosa Kinn.

It’s Belgian Blonde with raspberrys from Sogn og Fjordane, it reminds med of a rosé wine. Not the kind of beer you would drink everyday, but a nice alternative to wine/champagne, or as the back of the bottle says perfect as an apéritif. It says its just a one off beer so maybe i need to buy an extra bottle or to for new years as i am not a big wine/champagne drinker.

Also a fun note: Rosa Kinn translates to rosy cheeks :)


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Day 3 BrewDog Manchester

So we started the evening off with the Beer School with 2 of the bar staff, we went through 6 beers (3 from Brewdog and 3 others) and had a meat+cheese platter to take away they alcahol half way through.

The first 3 beers from BrewDog we tasted from tap:
* Dead Pony Club
* Punk IPA
* IPA is Dead Sorachie Ace

Followed by these 3 from bottle:
* Schneider Weiss Hopfen Weiss
* Hitachino Nipponia
* Mikkeller To From

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At the end we got a surprise extra beer, BrewDog I Hardcore You from tap, a blend of Mikkellers I Beat You and BrewDog Hardcore IPA.

I wont go to much more into the tastings as some new friends we met there has a blog and already has a nice post about it here: http://ginfuelledbluestocking.blogspot.no/2012/06/beer-fuelled-bluestocking.html

We sat a few hours after with them and tryed a few more from BrewDog.
First off was BrewDog Lost Abbey Lost Dog, its a rum barrel aged imperial porter at 11.5%. Liquorice and chocolate are the main flavors i got from it, highly recommend trying it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Next was the Brewdog Paradox Jura, a imperial stout matured 9 months in Jura Whisky casks with 15% abv. It has a really nice chocolate and whisky flavors to it, and not the heavy peaty one, but more of a sweet flavor. Another winner in my book.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marita and me finished the night with one of BrewDogs more popular beers in the bar, a Tactical Nuclear Penguin 32% abv. and at the time it was first released, the strongest beer in the world. According to the bar staff its a popular one, some people come into the pub just to say they have tryed it.
Its made from the Tokyo beer they sell, probably one of the reasons i liked it so much, i was expecting a strong taste, heavy on the alcahol side, what i got was chocolate and cranberries, a full bottle to my disposal would be dangerous, luckily it costs £6 for the glass shown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Being the last night in Manchester we had to get some BrewDog goods to take home, i took home
* a 2L Growler (that you can get filled at the bar)
* BrewDog Abstrakt 09
* An Abstrakt glass and 2 others (the abstrakt one was the important one)
* Brewdog Dog-A (Brewdogs very limited edition 5th anniversary beer)
* 2 t-shirts
* a temporary tattoo

My name is Ingrid made the picture just because she was lonely sitting on my shelf so long by itself :)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t ask how much i spent that night, i wont tell you! :)


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Day 2 at Brewdog Manchester

Started the night of with a gigantic steak at the Smoak Bar and Grill. I went for the 400g Rump, was surprised to find they restaurant had some alternatives to the industrial beers, so Meantime Pale Ale accompanied the steak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a long walk down to the BrewDog pub i started with an Abstrakt 08, a bit on the expensive side, but i figured i’m on vacation and from previous experience the Abstrakt beers are really good. Plus one of the Bar staff recommended it, as it being one of his favorites.

I have never heard of nor seen a beer like this one, a White Stout. I could never get my head around the taste and the color of the beer didn’t match. It tastes like a good stout, but looks like an IPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up was a BrewDog Tokyo, a 18.2% oak aged stout is a beer inspired by a 1980′s Space Invaders Arcade Game played in Japan’s captial. First thought was how much alcahol am i going to taste? Answer, almost none, it was dominated by the cranberry, jasmine and chocolate malts.

Has to be one of the best stouts i have ever tasted.

From what i hear its the beer they use to make the 32% Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but thats for another night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way out we noticed this sign on the wall, naturally we signed up.

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