Primary fermentation is done. The FG (final gravity) for the LeftoverIPA ended up at 1.008. Looks like another solid alcohol content beer. Oh, and it tasted good, too!
Now on Tap: Progressive Pale Ale
I declare my Progressive Pale Ale fit for consumption! Brewed on Election Day, 2008.
I use "StarSan" to sanitize my equipment. Works great. Like a lot of people I started out using bleach and lots of water. After I listened to this podcast: (link) - i ordered some StarSan and haven't looked back. [the podcast can be opened in your browser, or you can right-click and save as to have for later listening. The good part of the interview starts about a quarter of the way in, lots of great information regarding sanitizing in general and Bleach and StarSan also.]
Not quite! I came across an article that said that brewers in Japan had made a "Space Beer". As this combines 2 of my favorite things (beer and space) I was very interested. It turns out not to be that sexy of a thing for a number of reasons....
I love my iPhone - it is one of the single greatest inventions ever. I'd love to see one of the brewing applications ported over to the iPhone, but I wont hold my breath.In the meantime, the iPhone is great to use for conversion calculations and to use as a timer. There is also an app called beermath, or something like that, but it is 5 bucks and I am not willing to spend my money on an app where I can get the info for free on any number of websites (which I can easily access with the iPhone).One great app that is free that I downloaded is the "Beer Judge Certification" (BJCP) program. It is laid out nicely and provides all the information one needs for almost all beer types. I recommend it for brewers and non-brewers alike, as it has a bunch of interesting information related to the various beer styles.For those without an iPhone, you can still get this information at the BJCP website.For those with an iPhone here is a link to the app in the appstore.On a related note - there are a bunch of great podcasts that are available for free that relate to beer, craft brewing, and homebrewing. There is one out there on sanitation that was great. I'll try and locate it to post in the future.
Internet and Brewing
It is hard to imagine life before the internet. I remember first stumbling upon it in college, and was blown away. I used up a lot of computer lab time surfing the net, usually to sites that had something to do with Pearl Jam information and bootlegs. This was back in the day when a decent bootleg would cost you close to fifty bucks and you'd be lucky to get it on a CD, but the internet leveled the playing field.
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.
My Thanksgiving Beer...
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.
Motorcycles (and wine)
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.