Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bottled wheat and forthcoming IPA

My son and I bottled the Festa Brew wheat on Saturday.

We had a little bit of a hiccup when we started actually transferring it to the bottles. I decided we should try using a hose from my old kit. The hose is a little wider than the one that came with the new kit, so it fits onto the transfer and bottling rods with less effort. As the first bottle filled, the beer in the hose began to foam. A lot. And the foam transferred to the beer. I blamed the hose, so we swapped it to the narrower hose thinking it would fix the problem. It didn't.

As it turns out, the hose wasn't the problem. It just had too much air in it to begin with, and once it was gone it was fine. We didn't have that problem with the pale ale or bock.  Strange.

Again, we had difficulty getting an accurate gravity reading, so the alcohol content is a big estimate and should be around 4%.

I wasn't planning on starting another batch of anything until my beer "stock" drops, but yesterday I noticed an old post on DeFalco's Facebook page saying that they got a shipment of Festa Brews in, including the "limited" West Coast Pale Ale that I've been looking for. I was posted days after my last visit there.

I stopped off yesterday after work to see if they had any left and I was surprised to see that they had a lot of them. At first it looked like that's all they had on the skid. Because it's a "brewmaster's reserve" it did cost more than any others I've tried to date, at $40.99. The bock was $31.99 and the pale ale was less than that.

I might get it started this weekend. I'm low on empty bottles right now, but with a small change to my brewing process that won't be a problem. I read a suggestion somewhere that said to leave the brew in the primary container for a week, as opposed to the recommended 4-5 days, before racking. If I do that, and then leave it for at least two to three weeks in the secondary, I'm sure more than a few bottles will empty themselves out in that time. :)

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