Thanks to a sneaky $10 Ebay purchase hopefully the ULCBP is going to usher in a new era of accuracy, reliability and repeatability.
The first brew that came out of the ULCBP was an English bitter – ended up being a most phenomenally bitter bitter! Clearly the ‘handful’ measurement of Super Alpha bittering hops leaves something to be desired.
The second brew to come out of the Project is a lovely roasted stout. I’m very pleased with this one, but can I recreate it or improve on it? No – none of the hops additions were measured with any sort of accuracy.
This I see as a huge problem. If the Project is to produce beer recipes that can be remade and improved upon, I need far better control over what is actually going in. I’m pleased with the measurements going on at all other stages in the process, but I have not had the capacity to reliably measure out small quantities of hops (say in the 15-50 gram range).
Until now that is.
Combine this with a nice new brew journal, and tasty beers await!