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Weekend Brewing

June 24, 2008

In preparation for WAC 6 in UCD next week we’ve brewed up a fresh brew of our Ale for general sampling and consumption on the day. Our brand new, watertight (ish), portable (ish) Fulacht held out after application of a good coat of (non toxic) bitumen paint externally. Our original fulacht, an old cattle trough, is now enjoying it’s retirement as a plant bed in Billy’s yard.

In the original experiment last year, the fact that our fulacht wasn’t completely watertight didn’t really matter – we simply flooded the entire pit and were able to successfully recover sufficient liquid to make large volumes of beer – but given the fact that this fulacht has to travel we had to ensure that it will function anywhere. Last weekends brew came out very clean. We decided to build a little dam of hot stones in the fulacht and covered it with a sheet of muslin as a preliminary filter. The resulting wort was very clean and appears to have a lot less sediment than our earlier brews. We overfilled the fulacht a little with water so it’s probable we’ll have a slightly weaker brew this time round. Rather than complicate the taste, we decided that we’d only add bog myrtle this time – to balance the sweetness of the wort and produce a very simple plain ale. Hopefully it’ll be palatable, if not tasty. We used a regular bakers yeast this time and it took very quickly, all bubbling happily away in the sheds, busy fermenting what will hopefully be our cleanest, tastiest ale to date.

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  1. June 29, 2008 9:40 am

    Hi,
    I have a keen interesting all things culinary and brewing as I wrote the book Prehistoric Cooking. I am interested in the idea of fulacht’s being used for brewing, but want to know what containers you used to ferment the beer in? I am doing some experimentation this summer on brewing beer for a paper I am reading at EAA Malta on Neolithic / Mesolithic transition using no ceramics in the process.
    best wishes,
    Jacqui Wood

  2. June 29, 2008 2:26 pm

    Hi Jacqui – thanks for visiting. We read your book last year during our beer research and found it really useful.

    For our fermentation we used regular plastic containers – principally to guarantee that it would take. However, we did last summers final brew in a specially commissioned pot – I’ll email you photos and more details the week after next – I’ll be away from the office all next week.

    Declan

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