Archive for April, 2007

English Pale Ale Bottled

Apr 26, 2007

I finally got around to bottling the English Pale Ale that sat in the secondary for nearly 3 weeks.  I had a bit of a disaster as I knocked over one bottle that, of course, fell into a row of bottles, knocking them over too.  I spilled a significant amount of my favorite beer.  On the upside, I got to drink about a glass and a half as my tester.  I can’t let it go to waste, you know…

The Adequate Brewer

Finding Time To Bottle

Apr 16, 2007

So, I’ve got a Classic English Pale Ale in the secondary bucket waiting for me to find time to bottle it.  But when can I get a few minutes to bottle?

Work is just beating me to death.  When the weekend arrives, so many chores have built up during the week, that I have no interest in bottling beer…all I want to do is drink beer.

I know the pale ale will be fine, but I keep thinking that if I bottle it now, I might be able to stand the low carbonation and green taste in two weeks when my wife and I travel to Minis on the Dragon on May 4th.

The Adequate Brewer

A Better Bottle

Apr 5, 2007

I now have a Better Bottle brand plastic carboy for primary fermentation. 

I have been using plastic buckets since I started brewing and I always wanted to see what’s going on during primary.  I have been, and continue to be, scared of the glass carboys.  I can see myself bumping it on the counter, shattering it and cutting both arms off.  That would be a tragic end to my brewing, and a tragic waste of beer. 

Now with the Better Bottle, I don’t have to worry about it breaking.  It’s noticeably lighter than glass too.

I have brewed my Classic English Pale Ale kit that my wife got me for Christmas and used the Better Bottle.  The activity of primary fermentation is fascinating!  Being able to see the yeast swirling and swarming around in the wort is a truly unique experience.

The Adequate Brewer