Who doesn't love leftovers? I didn't get a chance to purchase any new grains before the holiday break, but I did have some ingredients around from the last couple of batches. Leftovers. So, after gathering all my leftover beer making and Thanksgiving dinner ingredients I heated up some delicious leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, turnkey, and gravy and commenced another brew. The recipe turned out alright - something that should resemble an IPA. I'm calling it my LeftoverIPA. Alcohol content should be north of 6.0, so I'm happy. I got 4.5 gallons into the fermenter, so I was a little off there - would have loved to get 5.5 gallons..
Like many American's, I love the feast and celebration of Thanksgiving. A time for getting the family together for a delicious meal, beverage, and good times. It is actually my favorite holiday - it's Christmas without all of the commercial and religious overtones. I do love Christmas, though, too - it's the happy time of year and people actually go out of their way to be nice.
Well, evolution has a couple of parts to it. Trial and error gets some results that are good and continue on, and other results that are not so good, and don't live on.
So, my dad got a new motorcycle - good for him (that is his bike in the picture to the left). I personally have driven a motorcycle a handful of times. The first time was ridiculous - I had a couple of beers in me, and my cousin actually let me get on the "Ninja" he just got. I made it all of 15 feet - literally not further than across the street, where I hit a patch of sand and dropped the bike! I wasn't going that fast, and there wasn't much damage, so it worked out I guess. I did eventually get to ride some other bikes - a Honda, which I drove with my brother on the back (holding on for dear life) a few miles up and down the boulevard and a 1969 Triumph Bonneville. I like to say I actually helped restore that '69 Triumph bike with my dad - I did help, and learned a bunch about the bike and how it works. I'm pretty sure all I did was hold the damn flashlight, though. I spent a lot of my youth holding a flashlight.
I can't move forward with this Brew Blog without a shout-out to the man, Charlie Papazian (pictured). Before I even thought about brewing my own beer, I had seen his book around - "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" (Amazon Link) - a friend of mine in Law School had a copy and my brother-in-law had one too. In fact, it was my brother-in-law that leant me his copy when I was just getting started. That book was later eaten by my dog, an upsetting day. I need to get a replacement soon, as I just don't feel right not having that book around.
During the course of some conversations with people I am sometimes accused of being a 'beer snob' based on the fact that I would rather drink a Long Trail Ale than a Bud Light or a Coors Light (I hate the taste of Coors Light). The problem is, I'm not a beer snob at all - but I do have a taste for the more fuller bodied beers.
That's right. I admit it. I get a joy from taking the red cap off of my airlock and sniffing it as it bubbles away.
This is it, my first blog post. I can't imagine there will be too many. If history is anything to go by - I'll probably have a bunch of things on this site to begin with, and then it will trickle off as I grow bored!