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A little less than a happy high
Sometimes, the bad fae get to it
It broke my heart to dump five gallons of light-struck Belgian last night, but what really tears me up is that I may need to dump the Otter Bomb, too. What was originally a pleasant tang has transformed itself into a rather unpleasant sourness. To make matters worse, after three weeks in the bottle, I don't have even a hint of carbonation. The only thing I can think is that I picked up some kind of bug in the bottling process that ate up all of the priming sugar before the yeast could get to it.


I need not to get discouraged, especially since I realized that in order to hope to have beer ready for Oktoberfest, I need to brew again. Like now. I'm thinking about doing something over the coming weekend, and the kitchen is going to need a serious cleaning. (I'm bleaching surfaces again to be sure.) Let me know if you want to come with.
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hfx_ben From: hfx_ben Date: August 12th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! That's gotta smart ...

I found a very tight relationship between quality and fragility; at some point I just relaxed into having a nice small repetoire (a lager, a light ale, and something stout-like) ... none of them great, but none of them too fickle.
komos From: komos Date: August 12th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was trying to make a bitters using an herb other than hops. As of last night, I'm pretty sure that something went horribly wrong.

If it's possible, it tastes worse cold.
hfx_ben From: hfx_ben Date: August 13th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
"If it's possible, it tastes worse cold."
Now that is a truly frightening thought!

heh ... maybe you should investigate; maybe that combination of herbs can be used, I dunno, for another "It's gotta be good for ya, cuz it tastes aweful!" cold remedy?

Bitters ... w/o hops ... hmmmm.

But you've lost me ... that's the end of the pool I didn't more than spash around in.
Mind I did get into making apple-cider in a big way ... imagine trees out in the highlands of Cape Breton that are soooooooo clean and natural that I made cider w/o adding yeast ... just didn't wash the fruit ... quartered them, tossed them in *out the side of a hill* spring water, let them set 2 weeks, then strained the big chunks out and added sugar, then *at least* one more week and added spices (cinammon, basically), then *at least* one more week and into the bottles. Yummmm!
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komos From: komos Date: August 17th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oktoberfest

There's one sponsored by Beersummit. I don't know if volunteers are still needed. Drop Josh a line.

I was thinking more along the lines of having a gathering at my place where beer would be brewed and someone would be wandering around in a funny hat.
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