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The season has been busy - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
The season has been busy
In my pantry, a new beer has come to life, spurred on by the appetites of a healthy colony of Ringwood beasties (WYeast 1187). It's my second Old Ale, and the second that was assembled and brewed with a first snowfall of the season that didn't melt outright. I've not gone so far as to collect snow to add to the boil, but I think I may leave that idea alone for the time being. This is destined for large bottles and will be put away until next year, when a fair amount of it will be distributed to you good people. Waiting will be hard.

Next to it is Pete's Zero Hour Russian Imperial Stout. The stout is almost completed its initial tour of secondary, and by the time this weekend rolls around, Pete will decide whether the beer will be dry-hopped in the final conditioning. Currently, it has a pronounced roasted coffee character and is decidedly less sweet than I think Pete was hoping. It is scheduled for a 2-3 month aging before the first of it is cracked, and during that time, some of the tannins should mellow sufficiently to provide a more rounded flavor.

Just bottled is The Brown Pants, a Northern English Brown that was formulated at the very limits of the style. Honestly, though, I think it would have been better if I scaled it back a bit. It's not overbalanced, but it is rich enough that it's flirting with being a Porter. I like Porter, but less so when what I was going for was something entirely different.

I've some crazy ideas of what to do with the empty carboy(s), ranging from a strong bitters with a robust porter pitched on the lees two weeks later, some kind of mead variant (vanilla metheglin has strong appeal, as does braggot and whole hive mead), and possibly a new attempt at Red Ninja Altbier. I'd also be willing to set someone else up with a brew of their choosing, provided you leave a six with me once all is said and done. Basically, if you have an idea/desire/yen to make beer/mead/wine/soda/whatever, let me know and we'll put it in queue. It really is high time the Hat of Authority was dusted off. There hasn't been near enough HKAT in the house of late.
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bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: December 7th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'd gladly go for a sweet, fruity mead.
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have a preference of fruits? Would you like to try to use local honey?

I've not done but one mead. I have worked with honey otherwise, however, and I can do a little bit of digging before we brew. AFAIK, we'll need about 6 months to a year before it will be properly ready. Can you set aside a weekend day in early January?
mittenstone From: mittenstone Date: December 7th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
i doubt dry hopping will do much for an imperial stout on the coffeeish side... then again, it may not even be noticeable.
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking that the mild spicy/buttery aroma of fuggles might add an interesting dimension to it, but you're right... it might just get swallowed up by the roast. I think the next formulation will scale back the roast malts in favor of more dark crystal.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: December 7th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dark Crystal! YAY GELFLINGS!
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew someone would pick up on that...
prosicated From: prosicated Date: December 7th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
look like gelfing, smell like gelfling... maybe you ARE gelfling!
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: December 7th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still have those oak chips that have been soaking in Jack for, uh, over a year now...
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now, that could be interesting... I'll talk with Pete.

When will you brew again?
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: December 7th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you having a December Iron Chef Battle? If there was an update, I missed it.
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
December filled up very quickly, and when paired with my minor meltdown in the elder parts of November, I decided that I'd postpone until January. I'm calling it a break for the holidays. ^_^

I will save a spot for you amongst The Nine if you want. I'll send out a post to feel out a good date soon.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: December 7th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you need to write up an "Adventures in Homebrewing" for Moron Life. :D
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something akin to this?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: December 7th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, something very akin to that! :)
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about the story of the Great Mugwort Flood?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: December 7th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heheheh... but then YOU wouldn't have written it!
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: December 7th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, which of these can we drink NOW?

Joe and I are slowl getting started on our first ever brewing experience. I borrowed a bunch of my stuff from my dad last weekend.
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Brown will be ready sometime next week. Otherwise, my stock is fairly well depleted and both beers in carboys are high-gravity offerings that really should have some aging. It's one of the reasons why the bitters/porter thing seems to have so much promise.

If I didn't mention it before, check out beertools.com for recipes and a handy calculator that will help work within the parameters of a particular style. What do you think your first will be?
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: December 7th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You did mention beertools, but I of course forgot the site. We haven't yet decided what style to start with. Any suggestions for something relatively fool-proof that beginners can handle (in a small apartment)?
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I generally recommend something with low to middling gravity from the English or American stables (Pale Ale/IPA or Mild/Brown Ale) because they can be formulated without a lot of fuss and tend to be fairly forgiving. Really, though, anything that doesn't need low fermentation temperatures or more than 8lbs of sugar should be ok. Just see to sanitization and keeping the proto-beer out of the light. Most of the process is janitorial work. The rest is waiting. ^_^
From: uruz Date: December 7th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is the brown a nut-brown, by chance?
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of the nut-browns I've had were American-style browns, which tend to use more hops than the English versions. (We Yanks seem to like our excess). So, I'd say it was similar, but this may end up tasting more chocolatey than nutty. Should I set some aside for you?
From: uruz Date: December 7th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
When am I going to have time to get up to you? Nah, it's okay. Enjoy. :)

komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You sure? There's probably some route they can take to get to you easily...
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: December 7th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there certainly would be if I ever managed to drop by like I often talk about trying to find time to do. Perhaps this would give me even MORE incentive... (and more ability to convince the missus to help me make time. "R, I [i]need[/i] to go hang with the Petes for a bit; I have to get beer for A." :D

Hmm... evil scheming abounds.
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you build it, they will come?

Do come by any time. Our world is not that exciting without visitors. ^_^
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: December 7th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that my world's that exciting without visiting. :D

(Mostly, it's a matter of finding the time. For feeling like I never manage to do 2/3 to 3/4 of the stuff I want to do, and feeling like I can't figure out what it is I *do* do, I seem to be awfully busy...)
chillguru From: chillguru Date: December 7th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow those all sound fabulous!
komos From: komos Date: December 7th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Danke. Like I said, it will be a while before the first two can be properly enjoyed, but I've high hopes and a fair amount of patience.
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