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Sunday! - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Sunday!
For Giftmas, my mother stepsister and her husband gave me an EDME English IPA homebrew kit. For those of you who are unaware of such things, kits like this promise to contain "everything you need to brew great beer" even though they don't include equipment and generally require you to buy at least some additional ingredients. What you do get is instructions (in metric!), some basic ale yeast, and a large can of pre-hopped liquid malt extract. For those of you who are not in the know about such things, pre-hopped LME is suboptimal unless you are particularly into the convenience of it. It's difficult to know what kind of hops schedule they used and as a result, it's a little more difficult to adapt to your tastes.

Regardless, I'm going to try. I've armed myself with another 3 lbs of dried malt extract, a full pound of grains (Maris Otter, Cara Amber, and Malted Rye(!)), and whole Fuggles (2oz.) and Cascade (1oz.) hops and will make an attempt to formulate something interesting and drinkable out of this kit. It's a crazy idea that just might work.

Unless there are huge objections, Sunday is the day. As always, there will be HKAB with something like waffles early (suggestions for food and/or movie selections are welcome), followed by a boil beginning sometime around noon-thirty. Depending on interest and time, I may get totally crazy and try my hand at making some soft cheese too.

I know it's shortish notice, but if you can make it I'd love the company. I'm more than happy to send you directions or arrange to shuttle you from Davis.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: January 12th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
bon chance my friend!
we have houseguests this weekend, so we'll have to pass sadly. sounds like you'll have plenty of pairs of hands though.

Meg's Ginger Porter is 1 week in bottles now, we're hoping (nay, praying) that it came out ok, unlike the red xmas ale which still tastes awful somehow.
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not putting high hopes in this experiment, and am likely to brew again sometime very soon. Besides, I'm out of bitters, and that's just wrong.

Are weeknights generally better for you?
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komos From: komos Date: January 13th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to start the boil around 12:30, but I can accommodate guests any time after about 10.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: January 13th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey!

Got forwarded the heads-up on this one via Paul. (long time no see!)

Unfortunately, I'm out of town this weekend. We've definitely gotta touch base and catch up sometime in the near future, though. That, and I think you've still got my cheese book. Perhaps a cheesing is in the future.

- D.J.
komos From: komos Date: January 13th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had the book so long that I've forgotten which one it is. I do remember that yours had the pretty pictures.

I'm going to try cheesing this weekend (in part because I want to do something crazy with the whey) but yeah, that's definitely a go. Let me know when you're thinking.
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: January 14th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is 99% likely that we'll show up.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could I firm up the remaining margin if I promised foot massages?
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: January 14th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The remaining margin is really only the "holy crap, Grendel has escaped and is gallavanting around town in a jaunty hat" margin of emergency.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tricksey rabbitses...
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