I have for a long time been thinking about doing some kind of warmer outer garment for my Renaissance clothes. There are some pictures in Janet Arnolds “Patterns of Fashion – The cut an construction of clothes for men an woman c1560-1620” (page 6-7) of a “learned man in a black gown” that I like and for many years wanted to have. When I finally decided to make my outer garment I of course had that as an alternativ. After some searching I also found a portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham in something similar and I couldn’t resist it anymore. Since I saw Geoffrey Rush play him in the movie “Elizabeth”, I must admit that the queens spymaster has been av kind of favorite of mine (yes I know that he was a murderer and probably all around evil guy). Maybe not the most historical based chose, but I don’t care! I also found the source for the pictures Janet Arnold used online, there are from “A Milanese Tailor’s Handbook“. With help of my sister in law (bribed with tea and muffins), we based a pattern on especially pattern f87L in the handbook.
The gown isn’t finished, but starting to take shape.
I read about a fun way to make your beer dark with malt, without getting the toasty dark malt character taste from the malt. Just add some black malt at the end of the mashing. So I tried it when I made some IPA. I added 300 gram of black malt (1300 – 1400 °EBC) the last five minutes of the mashing. It turned out to be not completely black, but very dark brown. I used brew in a bag for this brewing and the recipe are as follow:
14 liter water
Irish ale yeast
3 kg pilsner malt
300 g Cara pils
150 g oats
300 g black malt (add last five minutes)
HOPS (with adding time from the end of mashing)
6o min 10 pilgrim
45 min 5 g chinook
10 min 5 g pilgrim, 5 g simcoe, 5 g chinook
5 min 8 g pilgrim, 8 g simcoe
0 min 10 g pilgrim, 10 g simcoe
I will probably dry hop this, but want to taste it first before I decide how and with what.
Trying my new grain grinder. It is actually a corn grinder (Corona Victoria), but it worked very well and it took me just a few minutes to grind a kilo of malt.
The flowers are blooming, so time to do more “medicine”. I do as I did last year and hopefully it will turn out as good as then.
Haven’t had much time lately, mostly working on renovating the house, but I at least have planted som hops. I finally managed to buy plants of an old, local hop. It is at least from the late eighteenth century, but probably much older. Its characteristics seems to be excellent for brewing, the alpha acid are around 7,9 % and the flavor should be of citrus and grapefruit with tones of green grass. More information (only in swedish) can be found at www.slu.se
My old shield is starting to crumble, so I needed a new. I did as before with cotton canvas and glue. For shield edge I wanted something new, so I decided to use rawhide. In this case I bought a lot of cheap dog bones, soaked them in water, cut them in suitable size and just fixed it with clamps. Wet rawhide is very slimy so it was a bit of a struggle to get them fixed with clamps.
After it dried the rawhide was fairly fixed since it shrank a bit, but just to be sure I also drilled holes and sewed it tight.