So it's been ages since i posted anything here, because it has been ages since I brewed anything. Various things have happened to stop me from doing anything but now they have all calmed down I figured I should get back to it, even if just to do a kit and get my beer stocks back up.
Handily, I had a kit knocking about that the old housemate (She Who Must moved in the other week...) bought me for my birthday. It was Yorkshire Terrier by York Brewery, so I stuck that on. It was pretty much a standard kit apart from it had a pack of hop pellets to steep first. They didn't come in any sort of permeable bag so I whcked them in a hop bag I had knocking about so I could yank them out when the steeping was done. Not sure if this was the right thing to do as the instructions were very vague, but I'm sure it won't change much. Other than this the main memory I have of this brew is how much of a pain it is to dissolve spraymalt. It took ages and all the stirring I had to do made a bit of a mess, but it got done in the end.
I pitched a pack of Safale S04 by just sprinkling it on (normally I rehydrate but actually read the packet this time which said just to sprinkle). Checked it this morning and there's a massive head of foam in the fermenter, so it's all good I guess. I'm a little worried as I had a taste of the wort before pitching and it was very hoppy, almost astringent, so I hope this doesn't turn out like the St Peter's brew that I did last which had such a weird after taste (probably from the hop powder) that I only drank half of it...
Anyhow, we'll see how it goes.