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Painted Summer in the Glass

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I had the first drinking of my Painted Summer homebrew this week and very satisfying it was, too. Good head retention, quite pale colour but with a tint of orange and a refreshing hoppy taste, it definitely avoids the homebrew tang of old and wouldn’t taste amiss if I’d bought it in the bottle or on draught.

I had been a little worried about it as the brew spiked to almost 25°C in early fermentation and, although I managed to cool it to some extent, I didn’t get it much below 20°C even though my nominal target was 17°C. I’ve had past brews where higher temperatures haven’t worked but, in this case, all turned out good. I think I’ll wait for the general temperature to drop a bit but maybe I can think about getting another brew on before the autumn.