Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Double Bock (or not)

Drank Tank and I brewed a Dopple(double) Bock Sunday but it didn't quite come out that way...we were shooting for an OG of 1.077 but only made it to 1.060. So we ended up with what is barely a bock. No worries. DT wanted to use the 13gal fermentor he brought back from Tennessee, so that's what we did. It is fermenting away at 52F...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Beer Brewing in Space.

You can't make this up, beer brewing in the absence of gravity. If that was an elective in college it wouldn't have taken me 11 years to graduate!

Tax dollars well spent, IMHO.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Coors Light

A little on the crass side, but I ran across this quote today regarding Coors Light:

"If you gave me a car made of diamonds and BJ's all day I still wouldn't drink that beer."

Monday, January 22, 2007

Drinking the beer...

Usually I am focused on brewing, but today I decided to review DRINKING beer. Had a few folks over for the games yesterday and we drank a few brews. I had some leftover brown ale, scottish, and O'fest on tap, and we partook.

Brown Ale was a bit more bitter than normal thanks to a tiny bit of trub (the "goo" that ends up on the bottom of the fermenters and includes pieces of hop) into the serving keg.

Scottish Ale is still strong with smoke flavor, but tasty (IMHO). I will probably bottle the rest of it since noone else seems to care for it. Maybe a few months of conitioning will smooth it out.

O'fest is delish, even with only a month of lagering. I might bottle some of it for contest in March, otherwise it will be enjoyed until the brown is ready again...

Too many good beers to drink!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Brown Ale Redux

Brewed a new version of brown ale yesterday after researching the style using Designing Great Beers, a book I got for Christmas. Brewing went fine...we will see how it tastes!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Myth Busters is the group in NC that spearheaded the lifting of a 6% cap on ABV of beers in North Carolina. They publish a monthly newsletter that always has some great information. This month they address some myths:

  1. Blue Moon is a craft beer.

  2. Frozen Mugs are acceptible.

  3. Fruit slices are cool.

  4. A glass is a glass.

  5. Goats eat tin cans.

  6. Beers and Ales.

Read the article here:

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Beer Gut Chemistry

It's not necessarily the extra calories in alcohol that give you the beer gut, it's the chemicals it causes the liver to produce...

Take that Light Beer!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Entire Butt

It sounds like a Beavis And Butthead joke. Actually, it is a classic style of porter, and english ale that made it's surge early in England's brewing history. I tried this one out and found it tasty, but not worthy of a brewing investment.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Don't Fruit the Beer!

This man law has been discussed once already on 4loveofbeer. I just realized that the last two brews are, dare I say, "fruit related". Dos Equis is superb with a lime wedge and the beer I brewed yesterday was a Fruit Beer base...

Would I normally brew a fruit beer, probably not. But my wife's birthday is next month, and I was hoping to make a beer that she might enjoy. I was going to do Blueberry pie, but she really wants something with strawberries. So...Strawberry Shortcake Ale it is. Strawberries and a vanilla bean should give the beer a taste reminicent of strawberries and cake. I hope this works!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Back in the Saddle...

Well sorry for the delay, but it took longer than I thought to get into my car...

I'm back, for now. A lot has happened at the RCBC, but the most important thing is that I've started making good beer again! I had a few hickups transitioning to the pumped brewery, but the last four beers have been quite tasty. Thanks goodness, because I was starting to get really worried! Here's the current tally:

Transmission Fluid Red (Irish Red Ale)
Smokey Burnout Ale (Wee Heavy Scottish Ale)
Brake Fluid Lager (Octoberfest Lager)
Forty Weight Brown (English Northern Brown Ale)

El Camino Equis (Vienna Lager [Dos Equis Clone])

Blueberry Pie Ale
Cockhammer v2
Belgian Ale (abbey)
Hard Cider