Archive for July, 2007

Ommegang Clone Bottled and More

Jul 27, 2007

I finally got around to bottling the Ommegang clone.  It fermented for 3 weeks and sat in the secondary tank for nearly that long as well.  It has fallen quite clear but we’ll see once it has chilled if the very common “chill haze” appears.  I’m not too concerned.  There’s always a bottle that doesn’t get filled to capacity at the end of the bottling process, so that’s the one I taste.  It tasted green still, but the underlying taste was all Ommegang.  I’m thinking of calling it “Ohhmagawd!”.

I brewed my first IPA on July 7th, 2007 so it was appropriately called, “777”.  I used 7 pound of malt extract, 7 hop additions, and I tried to get the color to 7 SRM.  I think it’s going to be a bit darker than 7 SRM, but still pretty close.  One of the hop additions was a dry hop with 1 oz. of Cascade.  I should get to bottling it sometime next week.  I’ll try to post when I do.  Yeah, right.  I also still want to get some pictures uploaded too.

The Adequate Brewer

Long Time No Brew

Jul 2, 2007

I finally brewed again.  I brewed an Ommegang clone from Beer Captured.  I’ve never brewed a beer with 9.5lb of malt extract before.  Wow!  This beer also has 8oz of Belgian Candi Sugar in it, which brings me to a point.  Be careful when adding candi sugar “rocks”.  They splash.  Everywhere.  I had nearly boiling wort all over me.  It was burning my face, arms, hair, and t-shirt.  Note to self: hold the container of sugar very close to the surface of the wort and very carefully “place” the rocks into the wort.

This beer has been fermenting quite happily for 16 days now.  I’ve never had a beer go this long in the primary fermenter.  I even got a bit worried and contacted James Spencer of Basic Brewing Radio.  James told me to take Pappazian’s advice and Relax, Don’t Worry, and Have a Homebrew.  I followed this advice.

I’ll detail this a bit more later.  I also hope to have pictures sprinkled throughout the blog sometime soon.

The Adequate Brewer