As you may have discovered in my last entry, I’m partial to a drop of traditional Somerset scrumpy cider from time to time. Keeping on the subject of alcohol, the other week I was lucky enough to return home to find my housemate unpacking the ingredients he had bought for a little pastime of ours – Home Brew!
It has been some time since our last brewing session, and thanks to a friend who donated some additional brewing kit, we now have the tools to make a beer from freshly malted barley. This process is known as ‘mashing’ and involves heating the malted barley in water, to gain the fermentable sugars needed for brewing beer. In the past, we have used malt extract, this skips the mashing process entirely as its already done for you and comes in the shape of a rather large tin. However, the advantages of implementing a mashing process over a shop bought malt extract is the vast selection of malted barley which is on offer. Selecting different malts allows you to create blends, or simply use a single malt, which will contribute in shaping the flavour of your beer. All in all the process is regarded as a ‘must’ if you want to create dynamic and better tasting beers.
Thanks to Richard the owner of our local beer brewing shop (‘Cheers‘ Cheam, Surrey), who helped pick an interesting blend of Maris Otter and Chocolate malt to experiment with, we created a beer which is by far our best efforts to date. The beer is rich in flavour and by using the chocolate malt gives the beer a stout like quality with a slight hint of chocolate.
As the beer is such a success I thought I’d share a few pics of it. Cheers!
As a London based food photographer, over the past seven years, Ryan has worked with some of Europe’s largest retailers, local restaurants, and food suppliers. With such clients he produces sensational images for advertising, packaging, and editorial purposes. His images have been used for both local and national campaigns: store merchandising, brochures, magazine editorials, TV advertisements, in-store/billboard posters, and national press advertisements. Now based in Tooting, South West London, he continues to work regularly with some of the best food stylists in the industry, creating appetising images with a natural and contemporary look.