My Beer Could Beat Up Your Beer

A Google video search returns over fifteen million results for the search term “beer” coupled with “review”. Including the thousands of beer review websites committed to the written word and ratings aggregation sites like Ratebeer and Beer Advocate, it’s probably safe to say the world does not need yet another beer drinker espousing the virtues of Pliny the Elder while wearing a goofy hat and sitting in their kitchen. Or do we?

There’s a lot to like about this video. Of particular note is the theme song (complete with fancy CGI intro), the Ron Paul endorsement both via t-shirt and bottlecap magnets on the fridge, and the bathroom hand towel pulling in double duty as a dish rag. Needless to say it’s filled with insightful commentary.

Kind of like a pumpkin ale, but without the pumpkin.

And my personal favorite (in reference to the label),

Gold medal, that’s pretty good.

I had no idea that Buster Bluth was such a connoisseur.


Yeast, Ye Fickle Beast

This past summer I attempted my first brew session using an old-timey brewing method known as parti-gyle. Prior to the late eighteenth century, most brewers had the ability to fabricate enormous wooden casks for mashing but were unable to create a similarly sized fireproof vessel to boil the entire volume of wort. Therefore, it was very common to draw two, three, and sometimes even four volumes of wort from the same mash in order to create multiple beers of varying strengths. The total volume of wort was historically called a gyle, hence, several beers from one gyle = parti-gyle.

This worked out great. I used a recipe for an Old Chub clone, slightly modified to compensate for ingredients on hand. I collected about a gallon and a half of first runnings for my Scotch-style ale and then collected about three gallons after adding more water and conducting a mini-infusion mash. The small beer turned out as expected (low alcohol, mild flavors, etc.) however the Old Chub clone (“Wee Too Heavy”) came out a bit heavier than I wanted with an OG of 1.120!

I let the Wee Too Heavy batch sit around for quite a while in secondary in order to mellow out. It was probably not in the most ideal conditions since I just left it unmonitored in the basement. When it came time to bottle, I did not re-pitch any yeast. This has turned out to be a fatal mistake as I now have a dozen or so bottles of dead-still malty goodness.

At the latest local homebrew meeting I brought up this issue with the group to solicit opinions. The suggestion was to crack open a couple of bottles and drop in a pinch of dry yeast. Then place the bottles in a safe place and pray nothing blows up. Duly noted and enacted.

Amount of yeast added to each bottle.
Trying to avoid bottle bombs.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Pliny Who?

For all of the Washingtonians mourning the loss of Russian River beers delivered to your doorstep, have no fear! According to their Facebook page, Naked City Brewery (one of my favorites) is brewing a 10% ABV “imperial IPA” called Cry Me a River which should be drinkable by early February. Additionally, Big Time Brewery recently tapped the “triple IPA” Whiny the Complainer to pacify Seattle’s spoiled beer drinkers. I’ll be checking these both out in due time.

Great song. Super creepy video.

UPDATE @ 01/12/2013 1852: Gah! Post #2 and there’s already an error. Whiny the Complainer will be available starting February 5th at Big Time Brewery.