Much thought went into the recipe, and knowing that the likes of Leigh and Zak Avery may even be trying it (both Leeds bloggers) means more pressure. Then we have the Leeds Weatherspoons Managerial team who popped down for the day (a great bunch a lads), who had some photos taken and some complementary beers and pies. My hope was to maybe get them scooping the masses of hops out of the copper at the end of the day or doing some tedious labour, but it didn't happen. But since the brew size was small for our capacity not a huge amount of hops or malts were actually needed.
Transfer to the fermentation vessel
At the end of the day our extracts were sufficient to achive our 5.8% abv target, and we also got some photos taken for the Weatherspoons magazine. Apparently all the Weatherspoons folks are coming back early next month for and IPA tasting. I'm planning possible escape routs from the building now so if it does not go well I can avoid all conflict. But at least that means if I can't make it for the festival I can try it cask conditioned.