Pliny the Elder was a Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher, as well as a douple IPA brewed by Russian River Brewing Company. Beeradvocate rates Pliny the Elder as 100, world-class. I was really nervous about trying this beer for a few reasons. First, try as I might, double or imperial are words that often stress me out when it comes to beer. Too often I have found a little taster is great, then I order a pint, and whammy! tons of alcohol flavor or an over powering amount of sticky sweetness. The other reason I was nervous to try this beer: I was really aftraid I just wouldn’t get it. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: January 2012
To ring in the New Year, Brock and I brewed our second batch of beer. For you dedicated readers you may remember I held a poll for what beer I should brew next. Porter was the clear winner. Those who are local and voted for porter, let me know, and I’ll get you a bottle. For those of you who voted for “butt beer” it was a close second, maybe next time. We went for a little more of a sophisticated kit from, where else, The Home Fermenter Center! The owner puts together pretty nice kits. We selected the porter kit with some additional malts so we could ‘Black Butte-rize” our beer. German debittered roasted barley and roasted barley, to be exact. We also used liquid yeast this time, which was really fun. I’ll explain why later. Continue reading
This weekend was a pretty big deal. I survived another year, and if you’re nuts you may think that this year, 2012, will be the last for mankind. So I’ve vowed to make it a good one. On the last day of 2011, Brock and I bottled our first batch of home brew. Although I tasted our pre-bottled brew, it’s hard to say if it will be any good, but I’m feeling pretty good about it. It tasted like beer, at least, just un-carbonated and not at all balanced- but it’s only two weeks old. Let’s give it some time to mature and see what it has to say for itself.
The following is a photo story about Bottling Day: The Last Day of 2011.
If 2012 promises to be our last year on Earth, at least it’s going to be filled with some good home brewed beer.