I stopped by BRH&HBS yesterday and picked up some hops and specialty grains for brewing a Standard Bitters (08.A in the BJCP styles guidelines). I’ve not tried a Standard Bitters before, although I did do a Extra Special Bitters (08.C) once upon a time, and something got into it making it foul tasting. I was embarrassed and eschewed the style for several years til now. The nastiness was probably from a contaminated piece of equipment, maybe a hose or a bucked with nasties hiding within a scratch or a crack. One thing I also bought was a new section of hose for racking and transferring from bottling bucket to bottles. Mental note, disinfect it well. I’ll pull & crack my grain today/nite some time so I’ll not awaken My Best Beloved in the early hours tomorrow with the drill attached to the grain mill. We’ll see how that goes….
The English Northern Brown Ale (11.B) has been in the bottle for almost a week. Should I try one tonite? Oh, it is SO tempting….