As reported, I have finally been able to get another freezer, my old one dying about the same time that the econ thing started tanking. My pal Bryan gave me a sticker to put on it when I got a new one… and so, as was foretold by The Prophecies, I have done so…
During the long cold days of very…. VERY limited finances I didn’t have much home brew left and couldn’t afford craft beer so I returned to the ole standby, Pabst Blue Ribbon, the first beer that I had in life. Given to me by my maternal grandmother (after so much pestering that she just wanted me to shut the hell up) I drank it and when Dad got home, I feinted Drunk. Which, I recall was not a good idea as I was just a chile… and Dad had never gotten along well with his mother in law. Sorry, Dad. Sorry, Granny. My bad. It was a scenario that has been repeated often throughout my life: I’m a dumbass….
But, I digress… Now I can make lagers again. I am going to attempt a triple decoction, you can read about it here on Wikipedia if you are interested. This process is about 2 hours longer than the process that I usually use, an infusion, which is usually about an hour in length. Infusions involve heating water to certain temperatures to achieve goal temperatures and holding those temperatures for certain lengths of time. Decoctions are similar but instead of heating water and adding it to your grain, you take the soaked grain and gradually heat it in a separate pot to the boiling point and hold it for certain lengths of time. It’s a hobby, remember? You can put anything into a hobby as you can or desire. I have less money to put into neat equipment so I concentrate on processes.
More Later…. Adidas!