A Beer and a Dog

"Why should I blog about brewing?", I asked. "Nothing like a beer and a dog...", So Sayeth Virtual Wayne.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand into it…

Ah, shite.  Ran out of gas.

Fortunately I have another cylinder on hand.  After about an hour and a half of boiling, I still have about seven gallons of wort in the boiler.  DAMN!  The OG was really low; rather than make two batches I decided to condense the stuff and make one big beer.

I’m not all that crazy about big beers, but might as well.  This has been one terrific waste of time and resources so far. 

While not noticing that I ran out of gas I was Skype-ing with my buds at the He Man Woman Hater’s Club meeting.  They’re having a jolly time drinking decent beers, I’m drinking PBR.  My go-to beer when homebrew and funds are scarce.  And I’m getting to where I’m not all that crazy about that, either.

I suspect that I’m in the midst of one of those patches that are said to be rough when it comes to brewing; The last three batches that I’ve made have been problematic; My peeps, when they get to this point swear that they will give it up, find another hobby to waste their time and resources on.  Maybe I’m coming up on that point.

We shall see.

Brewing: Recovering resources from FUBAR


I brewed a double decocted Oktoberfest in May;  I got an out of town job in June.  I rushed the secondary and bottling since the job was slated to last a year or more.  After a month, the job disappeared.  Result of the rush job: BOTTLE GRENADES!

After two bottles exploded I changed my mind: Rather than keep the ultra sweet ‘beer’ for cooking, I decided to brew another beer and add all of that beer to the boil kettle.  I’ll get some sugars and a lot of malt flavor if it works.

I haven’t done this before, however I’ve added 2 bottles of ‘sour beer’ to the pot when making Irish Stout.  That is supposed to be one of the ingredients to Guinness Stout.  That beer turned out well.

I’m going to use a Belgian yeast (WPL550) in this beer.  I selected the Belgian Specialty style (16.E) based upon the wide range of tastes and colors laid out in the Style Guidelines.  If the results miss the mark but tastes ‘Good’, I’ll still be happy.  If it hits the mark and tastes good, I’ll be real happy.  If neither, well. . . we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Time now is 07:00; I’ve planned to have flame on at 09:00.  Might do it sooner.  We will see. It depends upon whether The High Command is awake or not.   More after the deed is done.

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That was it, apparently

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