Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bottling Complete; Transfer on Friday; Bottle Sunday, Utah Beer

The first 5 gallons of brown ale have been bottled. We tried a sip of the uncarbonated beer. Kinda mellow: we only used 3 pounds of extract, 1/2 a pound of high Lovibond crystal malt, and a 1/4 pound of chocolate malt. This ale will be low-alcohol, but tasty. A good mild for after work, a good social session beer i think. There are two carboys of brown ale left to bottle; one gets bottled Sunday, the next the Sunday after.

Speaking of bottling, I'm going to go out on a limb here and argue that bottling IS THE BIGGEST PAIN IN THE ASS EVER. Georege at Home Sweet Homebrew says he can sell me a full carbonation system with two used 5-gallon cornelius kegs (the kind associated with soft drinks, and easier to use than beer kegs) for $200. I may take him up on the offer. Bottling is for the birds: so much sanitizing, scrubbing, draining, capping... just a big pain.

Also, the first five gallons of pale ale get transferred to the secondary later this week. Fermentation has been REALLY fast on this one, bubbling into, and out of, the airlock. I hope to transfer before I head to Boston this weekend. Perhaps Saturday morning?

And also, I wanted to give a shout-out to a blog I was just introduced to yesterday: UTAH BEER. It's a great blog by Mike Riedel, who clearly loves beer, and I feel for him: Utah has rules about beer that put Pennsylvania's blue laws to shame.

"THERE ARE NUMEROUS CLASSES OF UTAH LIQUOR LICENSES:

TAVERNS, or BEER BARS These establishments may sell beer no stronger than 3.2% by weight. They need not serve food...

UTAH STATE-OWNED LIQUOR STORES are the sole dispensers of carry-out liquor, wine and real beer. There are a number of these stores hidden throughout the state. They are closed on Sundays, holidays and other designated times. Lack of competition keeps the selection severely limited. Prices for wine and liquor are fixed with a minimum of 61% mark-up over cost, plus high state taxes. For real beer, the mark-up is 75% plus taxes, making the retail cost of some six-packs well over $10. Because of all this, the small community of Evanston, Wyoming (located about 70 miles east of Salt Lake City just over the Utah border) enjoys a bustling economy based on a large number of retail liquor stores located along Interstate 80."

Mike, I am praying for you. If you visit Philadelphia, make sure you visit Monk's. And call a cab home!

5 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

Steve & I have been talking about a carb. system too.

Maybe we can team up on some of the parts...

2:20 PM  
Blogger somegirl said...

im getting kinda tired of the vz pisswater, 2 more weeks and you better have some of that homebrew waiting for me!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Brendan said...

we're almost out of stout but will have PLENTY of brown ale, and perhaps some young IPA too when you get here.

11:19 PM  
Blogger mikey said...

Dude, I'd love a locals tour of Philly's best brewpubs. Bring the hammer down! I'm game. I've had Yard's Pale and IPA and would love to make my way down the row of taps at the pub. Sorry your SLC bender ended up with urine in your ashtray(classic)Thanks for the kudos and i'll keep checking back.

11:38 PM  
Blogger somegirl said...

love the brown ale and ipa more than the stout anyway!
gawd i cant wait to get my hands on a yards philly pale ale...

8:53 PM  

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