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Here I am with another throwaway entry - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Here I am with another throwaway entry
Brunch, Bottle and Brew this Sunday. Typical setup - House of Twelve Maples, noonish, bring stuff if you want it.

The Wormwood ale is ready to bottle now, and I'm thinking that if we don't do Pabst Blue Chicken (I know its short notice, but if the materials are good to go, so am I), I'll probably brew a Maple Ale just for the sake of. Drop me a line if you think you might come.

Other than that, I've no plans for the weekend, so if you were to call or drop a line if something's happening, I'd be grateful. No, seriously.


In other news, I may have utterly screwed something I needed to do this week, which means I'll likely be doing the insomniac thing this weekend as I try to prepare for the inevitable backlash.

So, um.... OLE!
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From: skygoodwill Date: October 24th, 2003 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
House of Twelve Maples
Love that. Could in fact put that on the labels in small print.

Speaking of brewing, Could you please post the recipe for the Wormwood Ale?

From: skygoodwill Date: October 24th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, never mind on the recipe. I was interested because I'm aware of the folklore of Wormwood, and some of its cause and effects. However when I read the symbolism besides being quite 'ironic', I decided I probably wouldn't want to create brew of wormwood considering.
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... I'll tell you what. I'll share the recipe, and you can share what you know that I don't.

Wormwood Ale (Buhner)
What you'll need:
4 lbs dried malt extract (I used amber to give it some color)
1 lb wildflower honey (preferably raw)
1/2 oz wormwood (Artemesia absinthium
4 gallons of water
Ale Yeast (mine used White Labs English Ale)

What you do:
Bring 2 gallons of water to a boil and add wormwood, bundled in cheesecloth like a teabag. Simmer 1 hour. Take off heat and add malt extract. When wort has cooled to 160 deg F, add honey.

Pour remaining two gallons into fermenter. When wort has cooled to 70 deg F, pour into fermenter and add yeast. Allow to ferment until complete (there will be just a few isolated specks of foam visible on the surface at that point.)

Prime wort for bottling with 1 cup dried malt extract boiled for 15 minutes in 1 pint of water. Siphon beer into bottles and let stand for 7-10 days.
From: skygoodwill Date: October 24th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. I'll wait until after you've bottled to post what I read today.

BTW,
In other news, I may have utterly screwed something I needed to do this week, which means I'll likely be doing the insomniac thing this weekend as I try to prepare for the inevitable backlash.

What's the mystery?
From: skygoodwill Date: October 26th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Wormwood

As its Greek name (apsinthios, without sweetness) might imply, this aromatic plant symbolizes grief, mainly in the shape of bitterness, and in particular that grief caused by absence. However, even in Ancient Greece it was used to flavour wines and the Romans used it in an allegedly tonic drink for their athletes.

In the Book of Revelation, 'Wormwood' was the name of a star which flamed like a torch and which symbolized, in historic terms, the King of Babylon who was to lay Israel waste and, prophetically, Satan. 'And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter' (Revelation 8: 10-11).

Christian commentators interpret the fall of the star Wormwood as one of those cosmic catastrophes which will herald the Great Day of the Lord, that is, the end of the world and the Last Judgement. The fallen star will torment the inhabitants of Earth with a deadly bitterness, but what is peculiar is that this torment and these deaths will be the result of the waters turning bitter. If, at this point, one turns to the general symbolism of water, the primeval source of life, one is inclined to interpret this Wormwood as a disaster sent from Heaven to poison the very wells of life. One thinks of Hiroshima or of a nuclear explosion which would fill the waters with deadly radioactivity, or again of chemicals seeping into the water table through excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers in agriculture.

On an inner level and from the psychoanalytic viewpoint, Wormwood might be said to symbolize a perversion of the procreative drive, a poisoning of the springs, the waters made bitter.

ISBN 0-14-051254-3 THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: October 24th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loves that Pabst Blue Chicken sooooo much!
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2003 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know you loves the PBR, but PBC will be a whole new adventure. I would recommend reserving judgement until we crack the first of the finished "Depression Pilsners."
dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: October 24th, 2003 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll limp in to see you.
komos From: komos Date: October 24th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why are you going to be gimpy?
dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: October 25th, 2003 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just being creative and dramatic!

komos From: komos Date: October 25th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
We'll just have to kneecap you here, then. ;P
shutupbetsy From: shutupbetsy Date: October 25th, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi, we finally have a free day during one of these, would you mind if we stopped by tomorrow? What exactly does "bring stuff if you want it" mean? Shall we bring something for the meal? Can you email me directions at arcadiawildeATyahoo ?

:)
From: uruz Date: October 26th, 2003 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
"So, um..... OLE!"

I prefer OPA!
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2003 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually thought about using OPA, but decided that stylistically, I need to bring in a Latin element. I wanted to convey more of feeling of the flamenco or a bullfight than dancing while breaking plates or swigging Ouso. (...I have no idea how to spell that.)
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