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A little less than a happy high
Foxed Beer and the Age of Steam
Canto I: A Slight Mishap
My roommate may have foxed my steam beer. In spite of our discussions about the process and the dangers of exposing beer to light, he carelessly left the door of the closet wide open all day Monday. The closet happens to be in the brightest room in the house, and Monday was particularly clear and sunshiney.

I don't have a lot to base an evaluation on because I've never attempted brewing this type of beer before. What I have noticed is that the spent hops resin that caked on the upper part of the carboy has turned a yellowish-brown, and the scent coming off of the airlock is not as delicious as the ales I've done so far. I don't know. I guess I'll just have to hope for the best and give it a taste when I transfer it to secondary for conditioning.

Canto II: Bottlemania
I've decided that I really like the bottles that Anchor Brewing uses. That being the case, I have embarked on a quest to gather two cases worth for use in my own kitchen and will need your help. I have collected twelve so far, leaving a solid thirty-six bottles and the boxes to hold them left to gather. I am asking for a few stalwart souls to volunteer to drink at least one bottle and then pass your empties along to me. If it will help to motivate you, I'll even come up with an elaborate explanation of how this project will benefit the greater good.

Anchor's Christmas Ale should be on the shelves already.

Canto III: Everyone's Good Idea
I'm not sure yet when this will be happening, but at some point in the near future, I'd like to have a tasting at my place to accompany another long brewing session. Drew suggested that we attempt to create a beer whereby everyone involved in the brew contributes some idea and/or some material towards its making. Dying to use chocolate? It goes in. Want to add oak flavor? We figure out a way to make that happen, too.

The trick will be collecting all of the various ideas beforehand and coming up with a balanced way to create a single unified whole. If you're interested, let's start talking now about what you might like to see and I'll start brainstorming and making return suggestions based on the feedback I get.
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jawalter From: jawalter Date: November 29th, 2003 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just out of curiosity

Would placing a towel or blanket over the beer help avoid future events, or would it just cause other problems?

How would we go about getting a cask made of limousin wood in which to age the beer ... you know, short of spending way too much money? I'm thinking theft is the only answer! Let's plan a heist!
komos From: komos Date: December 3rd, 2003 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Know anyone with a root cellar?

I should have done just that, but it was one of those details that got lost when I brewed it. What I really need to do is get handy and remount my pantry door so I can store it where it really belongs.

Roughly five gallon French oak casks are available for somewhere in the realm of $90, so it's not extrodinarily outrageous. The problem is one of cellaring, both in terms of storage and tending. I know only a very little about cask conditioning, and everything I've read suggests a) the casks should not be moved once laid, and b) cellaring is an art in and of itself. I want to learn more, and I eventually want to be able to do it.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: December 4th, 2003 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Know anyone with a root cellar?

No root cellars here, I fear. I'm amazed at the price of the casks, but it does sound like more of a time and learning investment, rather than a financial one.
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