I did wonder if we should have a ‘Fail’ section on this forum, something to let others know if or how something went wrong.
So let me kick off with this.
I’ve been a fan of the Boundary Road ‘Lawn Ranger’ for a while so I thought I’d have a go at recreating it. I bought a cheep Mexican style beer kit from the supermarket and a bag of their DME to go with it. That’s the easy bit, how to get the lemon essence was the next thing. I had a good crop of lemons on my trees this year so I zested a few of them until I had a good handful and just chucked it in before sealing the lid, easy as!
Every time a adjusted the valve to let a bit of gas out it smelt great, bursting with lemoney goodness.
It took a while to clear and when trying to get a sample to test the SG I blocked the beer line with lemon rind…
Come bottling day I was quite excited, right up until the point where I tasted it, it didn’t taste of lemon at all, was unusually flat, in fact it didn’t really have any taste. It did do quite a good job of cleaning the drive though..
I mentioned this at the homebrew master class at Beervana last weekend and the guy from Liberty Brewing told me as I have a WilliamsWarn I should have just blown some Roses Lime Cordial through the clarification port, just like the big breweries do!
Naturally I don’t want to be like the big breweries, I want to be innovative and original, although for this one if I try it again, the Roses will be coming out!!