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I now have three carboys working in the closet. Why three, you ask? It’s simple, really...

As of Sunday, the Old Ale yeast (WYeast Ringwood Ale, IIRC) appeared to have stalled hopelessly. I repitched, hoping to finish the fermentation and salvage the brew. It’s all a little frustrating because I had high hopes for it and wanted to gift a good part of it to folks who have taken interest. In theory, at least, it’s the sort of beer that has the potential to age well in the larder. The lesson learned here is that things can go wrong despite best efforts.

The Super Stout has been moved to secondary for a couple of weeks of conditioning. The initial tasting suggests that it will be on the sweet side, and I’m wondering if we weren’t a little heavy-handed with the adjuncts. Nevertheless, it does hold some promise, and I’ll be curious to see what the drivers of this project think of it.

The final carboy holds the English Bitters. It’s the latest experimentation attempting to find a style for a ‘house’ beer, so yea, we went forward even though it meant picking up a third carboy (six gallons and big enough that the makers felt that the ribs would be superfluous.)

Perhaps it’s strange, but writing this has made me a little sad. Truth be known, I wasn’t as tingly on Sunday as I usually am when we brew. A number of things contributed – the unexpected Old Ale results kind of set the pace, but I was also coping with pervasive fatigue and wrestling with occasional anxiety. It’s passing, but I do wish I could rely on myself not to be quite so swayed by the little things. Basically, if there is a still center, I was surfing the rip tides over on the left. So much for the Zen mind.

This too may seem strange, but I miss you all.

Current Music: Björk, "Possibly Maybe"

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From: ex_cayetana730 Date: January 6th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure you've made the correct sacrifices and prayers?

komos From: komos Date: January 6th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure that I did not, though if you'd like to volunteer your services as Stout Priestess, I'd guess that that bottling would go smoother at least. ^_^

While I'm thinking of it, if you have a six of empties you can use and take away with you, it would be helpful.
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: January 6th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me know when you'll be doing bottling, so I can plan to attend and actually help. I am good at menial tasks.

I would be happy to be Priestess. I have to dust off my Sumerian though.
komos From: komos Date: January 6th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

One step closer to that dry erase board

I think it will have to be the weekend of the 17th to ensure MTD (maximum tastiness development.) Unless something remarkable happens with either the Old Ale or Bitters, It's entirely possible that I'll need to bottle all fifteen gallons of beer that weekend.

At this rate, I'm going to have to buy a kegging system.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: January 7th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: One step closer to that dry erase board

And what's so wrong with buying a kegging system? Other than the obvious: that it's much easier to share bottles than a keg (well, easier to send people home with, anyhow), and you clearly enjoy doing that.

On other notes:
1. I'll leave that weekend open (yay advance notice) since I haven't seen ya in a while.
2. I've accumulated a whole bunch (~18 or so) of empties from my parents' holiday party leftovers that I'm saving for you; should I bother?
3. HUGS!, cause you sound a little like you need 'em.
komos From: komos Date: January 7th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
The big stumbling blocks are a lack of a) cash and b) space for a kegerator.

Excellent. Just bring a six and we'll set you up with a little of each. I figure that if everyone shows up with some bottles to take home with them, the crisis should be averted. The Old Ale and Stout were planned to be gifted anyway.
dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: January 7th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Missing you

And i'm still lonely.
komos From: komos Date: January 7th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Me too.

Did you ever know that you're my gyros hero?
dirtymikesell From: dirtymikesell Date: January 7th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I am wondering as to your competence, if you truly consider me YOUR hero. You face more adversity with distinction than I ever will.

Now if you think I'd make a great sandwhich, that's quite all right!

komos From: komos Date: January 7th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only if made with a hearty focaccia. ;P
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