Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chapter 3: Bottling Day & San Mateo Bacon & Brew Festival

September 29, 2013

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
First up… BEER!!!
Chapter 3 – Modeling Clay… er, Bottling Day
Yes, it was finally time to bottle our first batch of Irish Red Ale… which means in less than two weeks, we’ll have about 50 bottles (of various shapes & sizes thanks to our scavenging of empty bottles & luxurious taste for brew variety) ready for consumption… and of course, sharing. Pictures…

An extra pale ale... just playing, it's a carboy with cleaner...

The next step was transferring our 2nd batch, the Pumpkin Ale, from the 1st carboy to the 2nd carboy for secondary fermentation. The transferring gives the beer a cleaner appearance by taking out the stuff on the bottom… and then allows it to continue Science for another two weeks before bottling…
Now, because we were a little pressed for time on Sunday, we didn’t get to start our 3rd batch, Hefeweizen. However, it’s okay because the batch doesn’t take as long to ferment being a bit of a lighter beer… so we’ll be back on track before you know it making another batch in sequence. Now for the rest of the week that was…
Saturday, Dizzy & I went to the 1st annual San Mateo Bacon & Brew Festival in their Central Park. They had live entertainment by way of a 70’s rock cover band named Dutch Uncle (actually pretty good), plenty of food… and of course… dozens of local & regional breweries with a few of their staples. Since it’s late September, it only makes sense that about half the beers were Oktoberfest brews (wait, does that make sense?) but there were also plenty of light ales to compliment the gorgeous weather… and we got some Pork fries that were quite amazing. We ate & drink like kings for about $40 total… and that’s with souvenir mugs. Maybe we’ll see you at the 2nd annual B&B festival next year.

Afterwards, we attempted to see Devil’s Canyon Brewery… but apparently it was bought out for a ten year high school reunion… so instead we tried Anchor Steam… and they were closed… so we went a block away to the Whole Foods Steep Brewery and tried a few things there. We actually had our first experience with sour beers… and Biere de Garde… and I think we’re going to investigate making those very soon… definitely a batch or two by summer.
Well, that should do it for today’s update. Quite a big one… hope you enjoyed it… until next time, which I’m sure will be awesome… have a great day everybody!!!

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