Quite a bit has happened in the last few days, expect more through updates on events in the near future…
On Friday, I ventured over to Northern Brewer and picked up some supplies. I bought a new auto-siphon and appropriate hosing, a copper wort chiller, and a faucet adapter. I can’t believe I waited this long to get a wort chiller. Even with basically room temp water, the chiller dropped the beer to within five degrees of 70F within ten minutes.
More importantly, I also purchased the necessary ingredients to make a five gallon batch of my Leftover EPA recipe. Which I brewed that night. It is currently chugging away in the primary fermentor. I made a couple modifications out of necessity and some of discretion. I also picked up a kit for “Peace Coffee Stout Porter,” made with local roaster, Peace Coffee’s beans. Their site describes the beer as such:
OG: 1046 / Ready: 4 weeks
Peace Coffee and Northern Brewer have teamed up to bring you an amazingly simple yet complex stout porter. Peace coffee works with local cooperatives to bring in 100% fair trade coffee from the farmers that grow it and delivers the coffee, through all seasons, by bicycle messenger. We love Peace Coffee for all these things, but just as importantly the coffee is freaking amazing! The stout porter has notes of black currants, black cherries, and cocoa with mouthfilling bready malt flavors. The specially formulated coffee blend was created to lend a rich, muscular coffee backbone and provides a fruity and spicy nose. Usually 1 + 1 = 2, but in this case 1 + 1 = 1000x times more awesomer than 2.
If I haven’t mentioned this already, my two favorite beer styles (by far and large, a million-trillion miles above anything else) are Old/Stock Ales, and Coffee beers. Specific favorites you might ask? Thomas Hardy’s Old Ale, Bell’s Java Stout (which I recently learned is no longer in production), and Surly’s Coffee Bender (which I recently learned will be in cans in the near future).
On Saturday, I ventured back to Haskell’s to submit a request for holiday hours, and picked up a couple beers to cellar for a while. I picked up two bottles of FullSail 21st anniversary Dopplebock, A bottle of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, and a bottle of Mikellor Black Hole Coffee Russian imperial Stout. In combination with a bottle of Rogue Double Dead Guy from my mother, think I’ve started a pretty good collection for a cellar. Now I just need somewhere to cellar these beers… Is there another project in my future? Maybe a nice bottle rack?
I also had a tulip of Surly smoke and it tasted like ribs. Delicious, delicious, ribs. Delicious enough for fragment sentences, even.
Lastly, my lovely girlfriend bought me a speed racer slot car track for x-mas (we couldn’t hold out given each other our gifts any longer). I will be playing with it later tonight.