Thursday, 28 March 2013

Cafetiere Beer II

Hi all,
Thanks for all the views you guys have been making, a couple of hundred over the past day or so! Did you all try your own version of Cafetiere Beer? I hope so! One of the viewers mentioned that i had made a good decarbonation device. This hadn't really registered as an issue as we have a culture in the UK of Non carbonated ales. The rest of the world likes a bit of gas in their brew.
In the search for further meaning and use of Cafetiere beer i tried the following.
The cafeteire has sat in this state in a fridge for approx 10 hours. Its flat Hop Synergy 44 beer with honking amounts of surpressed cold hop goodness.

 A quick press of the plunger and a bit of a head has popped up, not long to last i would think.

I decanted into a 2 pint jug and as you can see the head collapsed.
I then added a chilled Hop Synergy 44 on a bit of a waterfall pour.I had a nice jug of carbonated mega hopped IPA which was dutifully poured.
The head remained for 4/5ths of the wheat beer glass and i haven't been belching so its about where i like my carbonation to be. Aesthetically pleasing while not being a lager!
The hops used this time are the same from last night, i don't mean the same Genus i mean the same hops flowers! A much mellower hop aroma this time, very sweet, blackcurrant, and a touch of green. Again, its a simple way to get to that Hop Head well loved dry hopped flavour/texture into a beer. I'd be happy for anyone to try these bad boys, no risk of embarassment, these rock! :) Thanks for reading.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Cafetiere Beer

Hi all,

Newly returned from Azerbaijan, really starting to get into that place. Nice people, really nice people. On my return to home a brand new brewing book was waiting for me  Absolutely fantastic book and i can see it will have to be multiple read throughs before i absorb 1/4 of the ideas in there.
Here's a link to the book if you haven't read it yet. 
While reading the first couple of chapters an idea leapt fully formed and vigorous into my upper mind. 'Dry Hopping in a Cafetiere, why not?'. Must mean my subconcious is also a Hop Head! Once the sun went down the experiment commenced! :)
 As you can see, full experiment mode, lots of glass, scales, bag of Hops.

10 grmms of Columbus high aa hops & a one pint cafitere, a match made in nirvana i think?

A couple of bottles of nice Hop Synergy 44, one to clear the palate and fix a base line, the other for the cafetiere.

Love this photo, that's a proper beer!

Deployed cafetiere strainer, First infusion was for 10 minutes only but immediately i could taste the difference. Piney, sweet, viscous hop oil & pepper across the tongue. Really nice, a bigger bolder beer for seconds work!

 So nice i fact that i tried a second one with another few grammes (getting casual now) of Columbus on top of the initial 10 grmms. Applied another bottle of beer and let it soak for 1/2 an hour in the fridge before deploying strainer. WOW, hop bursts going off in my head. Absolutely full on resinous, piney, sweet layer of hop aroma/taste blazing across the malt layer. Beautiful beautiful beer!

Any of you out there who see themselves as a bit of a hop-head have GOT to try this. I'm claiming this one for Scotland, Universities, tyres, tv, tarmacadam, men wearing skirts, we invented the lot. Now Cafetiere Beer and you saw it here first, Scotland rocks, spread the news! Any feedback on how you get on with your own experiments much appreciated, i can only begin to imagine the possible combinations! Cheers :)

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