First brew in the Shed went through on the 2nd May, 2006 and, since it was a 'test' brew, Iain and I decided to treat ourselves and brew something we hadn't brewed before: a big stout. It was called Exodus (movement of ja brewing equipment from oppression to the promised land) and it hit the 7.6% mark. We kept it deep and dark in the cold cellar until October. It was lovely.
So each spring time I brew Exodus, counting my brewing blessings and giving thanks. And I'm doing it right now.
As I've said before, in my humble opinion, when brewing a stout one utilises only first charge hops; we want the lovely roasty dark malt flavours to stand up, unencumbered by tangy hoppiness. But we do want bitterness too - and plenty of it. We get a certain amount from the rather large amounts of roasted barley in the mash and the rest from Fuggles hops. You both know I like to tinker a bit with my annuals and today is no different. I've been brewing with this copper, on and off, for 15 years and I just broke the record for the amount of hops used in one brew. I'm weak with the excitement of it all.
The only ingredient left is time. And I'm adding plenty of it.
Casks will go on sale after October 10th (a suitably dark date). Mmmmmm, can't wait.
EXODUS - A BEER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS