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A little less than a happy high
That ain’t my grand-daddy’s beer*
Last night, clayrobeson and I bottled the mugwort ale we’ve had fermenting for the past couple of weeks. After nearly breaking the glass carboy against his bedframe ("Wake up my little yeasties!") and otherwise dealing with the usual chaos that accompanies a brewing project (in this episode, our heroes discover that they are 23 bottles short of what they need), we got everything bottled up and into the dark, dark place. Two weeks from now, we can crack one to see what we have wrought.

I love the mad scientist feel to all of this.

I’m not yet at a point where I can guess what a beer will be like just by tasting the wort (I’m not even sure "wort" is the right word to use at that stage of the process), but we did sample. It was nothing like what I expected from the very short ingredient list. There are at least four stages to the flavor, with varying degrees of fruit and bitter as it rolls along your palate. The mugwort lends something of a slightly sour taste throughout (I was reminded a little of evergreen), and leaves a faint aftertaste that had me curious for more. I’ll be interested to see what this tastes like after it carbonates, but right now it reminds me more of a light aperitif than the earthy beer I was expecting.

Shows what I know.

Tonight is the great barleywine tasting at Downtown Wine and Spirits. That is all. Return to your games and fun.

*When he used to drink, he used to drink what the Sunset fancifully calls "Retro" beers, occasionally mixed with Kool-Aid (No, I don’t get it either...)

Current Mood: artistic artistic

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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 28th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, you'll be out tonight, I'm guessing? *sigh* I miss you. Have fun, nonetheless; the barley-wine tasting sounds like something right up your alley :-) It also sounds like that beer'll be done brewing just before I get to town. I'd love to try it. I've enjoyed everything else culinary-related that you've ever made, so I'm sure the beer'll be good, too. Do have fun tonight!
komos From: komos Date: March 1st, 2003 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't imagine that Clay would see fit to deny you a spot at a tasting (or anyone else for that matter.) It would be interesting to see if you could find a style of beer that you actually like.

I dropped recyclables off at Downtown W&S today and they're in the midst of a wine tasting. Wish I could write about that, too, if only so I didn't seem quite so one-dimensional.
From: ex_hesperia313 Date: March 4th, 2003 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the honey is making me smarter. It could just be the veil of grief lifting, but I feel more mentally potent and focused.
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