I had a day off yesterday, due to working this coming weekend, which pretty much meant Wednesday was my Friday night, so why not make the most of it ;o)
Started by cooking dinner - a Thai curry - and what better to accompany me in the kitchen than a beer! I thought id treat myself and crack my bottle of Aventinus.. It poured with a nice fluffy head like you would expect from a wheat beer and looked like a pale chocolate colour. The taste was a combination of roasted wheat and chocolate, quite nice and easy to drink for an 8% beer, but at the end of the day it was still a wheat beer so I nursed it for the entire time I was cooking, and still had some left to wash down my curry.
Barry came round to drop off the case swap beers, which he then labelled using a similar technique to mine.. I wont reveal too much yet, but they’re gonna make everyone elses labels just look lacking in comparison ;o) Of course I wouldn’t let Barry leave without having a beer - Rye IPA on tap which by now is almost bright - something I can never accomplish fully with a beer yet..
The keg blew dry later that night, forcing me to crack a bottle of Port Stout, and to my amazement, the taste has catapulted into something completely different to what it was a few weeks ago, alot more 'oaky' now and lacking the tart/sour grapy taste that it had quite strongly before.. Im guessing this will go through a few more flavour shifts over the next year or so...
Not surprisingly I slept in yesterday, something that I hardly ever do and I awoke feeling really refreshed and relaxed. I would have done a brew but im still piecing together some ingredients for my next one, but I did do something brewing related - I was supposed to bottle 19litres of 8.5% Belgian Rye, but the task was daunting so in the end I just kegged it and force carbed.. Ill prolly bottle it from the keg when I need more space..
Following that I went down to the beach with my mate and enjoyed sitting in the sun, followed by a Pint of Bulmer’s Cider at Speakers Corner which really went down a treat! Crisp and clean but with some residual sweetness, so tasty in the hot sun, and so easy to drink :o)
I had relatives round just before dinner, so I felt like something to distract myself, my very last (and only) bottle conditioned Munich Dunkel - It poured a hazy red/dark brown with a fluffy head and tasted absolutely awesome! Coffee notes, roast, chocolate, but still crisp and clean like a lager - IMO this is one of the best beers ive ever made, it will be sadly missed!
I finished the night with a test pour of my Belgian Rye - Poured a nice copper colour and slightly undercarbed, aroma is quite phenolic, bubblegum, hints of banana, and a nice spicy combo of rye and styrians.. Taste was quite warm with a whole lot going on, it will need to condition for a couple of weeks but I reckon this is going to be a cracker!!
Wow - Beer rant off - Now I get to look forward to a weekend of work :oP