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Le bon temps
Meet Alan. Alan is the latest to don the Hat of Authority in order to lead our intrepid band to new heights of exploration and discovery. At his urging, the past weekend’s brewing moved outside of the now familiar barley/hops/water/yeast formula. Instead, we prepared root beer - sweet, non-alcoholic, old timey, soda pop root beer. As I had suspected, the processes are not at all dissimilar. All of the same elements are there – you boil water, add some sort of sugar and a bittering herb, and then add yeast. The only real difference lies in the fact that the wort goes straight to the bottles after you’ve pitched. Carbonation happens the exact same way, but because it’s not allowed to ferment, you don’t get anything more than trace alcohol. Of course, because there’s still so much sugar in it, there’s a very real possibility for ‘splodey bottles.

It’s very exciting. Like spies or high-seas pirates exciting.

We also brewed beer on Sunday just so I could feel whole for having something living in my closet again. (I delight in hearing the burbling of the yeast when I come down for breakfast in the morning.) The goal was to craft something akin to a Belgian abbey-style tripel, but I think the grains I chose gave the beer just a little too much color. This morning I also realized that I managed to forget the Irish moss to clarify it. I’m guessing that I’m going to end up with something akin to an opaque Leffe. I’m thinking that if this goes well, there may be further experimentation with the style… just because it is so delicious.

Incidentally, today is Mardi Gras, so I expect plenty of drunken revelry and gratuitous nudity from y’all.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
There are others, including one of him reading the 'make your own soda' book looking a bit confused.
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komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, no.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: February 24th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)

smarty.

see, you are experimenting with beer, so the results are almost guaranteed to be delicious.

how is the sasparilla?

yah happy mardi gras. too bad it means nothing to us yankees, i need excuses.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

^_^

You're very kind. The plan is to crack the first bottle of the sasparilla tonight. The wort was very tasty even if not terribly complex. I figured that we could do the herbal panacea once we get an idea of what we're doing.

Me too. I tend to be a little too staid, and I'm not sure it serves all the time.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 24th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it just me or does Alan look like he's really happy about the way same sex marriages seem to be heading in that hat?
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 24th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, it's the end of Carnival today as well, so that's another reason to be debaucherous.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 24th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
you need reasons to be debaucherous?
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 24th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't, but some people do.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I take it you've missed the rumblings from the White House?
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 24th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I just read that. Yet another reason why GWB is an enormous douchetruck.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm rather fed up with the lot of them at the moment.

Still, douchetruck is a funny word.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 24th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
if you can figure out how to make a lambic you will be my hero.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

The Hat of Authority awaits you

It wouldn't be a true lambic because that would rely unprotected fermentation relying on the wild yeasts that grow in Belgium. What I can do is to put together something using the same basic ingredients and culture some of the remaining yeast from, say, a Lindeman's bottle. So yeah, it could be done, and to good effect.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 24th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

aw, man, i look terrible in hats!

please to be keeping this in mind for next time you feel the urge to brew. provided you don't mind a strange girl you've never met joining in...
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm not sure this hat looks good on anyone

It certainly doesn't seem like something I'd mind. Besides, there's nothing that says you can't bring friends along.

Let me do a little bit of research on making lambics and get back to you. I think the next project in line is a Weizen, but ever since mudguts crafted me a cooling coil, doing two brews in an afternoon is entirely doable.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 24th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, Rainbow Warrior strikes back... but this time looking alot like an underpants gnome.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

At least he has a plan

Aw, jeez man. Now I need the pics!
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komos From: komos Date: February 26th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
The object is my newly aquired 6-gallon carboy. I'm glad I had it for this one since the fermentation was particularly violent at the outset.

Incidentally, I tend to listen closely when lunatics scream because I still ascribe to the whole "touched" idea.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: February 28th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Picture

Has Alan seen that picture, 'cause daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
komos From: komos Date: March 4th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Picture

He hasn't yet, but I think I'll be forwarding all of them along today. They're all funny. Cheers for the hat of authority!

BTW - When will you be suggesting a brew so you may have your turn in the hat?
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