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Monday, October 30, 2006

Another bottling day looms

The Irish Draught is flattening out nicely and I’m looking to bottle this weekend. With the beer vacancy in the fridge Nancy and I went to seek beer elsewhere last Saturday. We stopped at the Sports On Tap Bar and sampled a few of the twenty some tap beers available. Here’s a list of what we tested and our impressions on same.
Summit Winter Ale – Nice beer. Smooth tasty
Moose Drool – Good stuff, still Nancy’s favorite
Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat – No go here. Heavy citrus flavor from Coriander.
Boulevard – No thanks. Very light almost tasteless.
Bass Ale – Good. A tasty ale on the light side.
We didn’t get to taste all varieties on tap, maybe next time.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bright Brown Bottles of Nut Brown Ale

I bottled the Nut Brown today and came up with 45 bottles of the good smellin’ stuff. I must have lost a little in the racking process because I’m usually around the 50 bottle mark. It has a nice aroma and a beautiful dark brown color with a hint of red. I hope it tastes as good as it smells and looks! We’re looking at or around November 8 for pop a top time. Meanwhile, the fridge is getting bare! I'm sitting on only 4 bottles of Phat Tyre to carry me for 3 weeks! Not a chance that'll last me! Looks like I'm going to have to patronize the brewers of Moose Drool and Newcastle. Meanwhile, let's take a look at a handsome Fat Tire clone.......
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Friday, October 13, 2006

Irish Draught revisited

The Irish Draught was brewed today and everything went like clockwork. Due to the somewhat cool temperatures I set the hillbilly fryer up in the garage to get out of the wind. With the use of a space heater I think I could even brew in the dead of winter out there…..sweet! This is a good thing because the turkey fryer just heats the wort so fast compared to the stove top.
I’m looking to next Tuesday for a bottling session of the Nut Brown so get your glasses and mugs ready.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

another year

I racked the nut brown on Wednesday, and ordered a Irish Draught kit from Northern Brewer yesterday. Since it was my 48th birthday I had to order a gift of beer for myself.