June 28, 2003 (thing)
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[May 25, 2003|Irregular] [very soon|Zymurgy] Liquid Breakfast Cereal‡ - batch number 03-2
This week [Oakland, California|Oakland] experienced a [heat wave]. While I had intended to brew some evening this week, the heat kept me from firing up the stove and boiling water for hours. I have never been the [southern accent|sort to start a morning with a cold can of cola], but I was forced to keep a [more refined|pitcher of iced coffee] in the fridge. It would have to happen early Saturday morning, I reasoned.
The [the Oak Barrel|brewing supply store] I frequent sells whole [hops] in four ounce bags. It's a decent amount for the price, but I enjoy brewing with a [Homebrewing 202: Hop Selection and Use|wide variety of hops], and tend to end up with several half-bags in my freezer. This batch of beer would solve that problem.
UPDATE [July 1, 2003] With [misuba]'s assistance, I racked the ale to a bucket, leaving the settled proteins and grain dust. I then cleaned the carboy out, and put the ale back in, over 3 oz Fuggles hops (about 5% alpha acids, IIRC). Fermentation resumed within an hour. The carboy now gets a little agitation to beat the ale into the floating hops every 8 hours or so.
UPDATE [July 13, 2003] The dry hops held down between one-third and one-half gallon of beer. I boiled 6 quarts of water with 2/3 cup corn sugar (priming sugar) and got 43 bottles (7oz, ne guinness) and 5 champagne bottles (750mL) out of it. Should be drinkable around the end of the month.
UPDATE [July 28, 2003] I opened a bottle for a taste this evening. It is not yet fully carbonated, and rather caramelly tasting from the sugar that will (soon, I hope) create that carbonation. That said, it is fine drinking for this state.
UPDATE [August 26, 2003] I've chilled a bottle and opened it this afternoon. It has fermented nicely in the bottle, creating a thin layer of dense almost eggwhite-like head when poured. It stand rather clear in the glass. The taste is almost crisp, the hops, though do not really come through strongly, I fault the extending water I added at bottling time. I think it needs (another) week.
‡ The name of this batch was suggested by [ophie], in the spirit of the old adage, "Beer - it's not just for breakfast anymore".