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Archive for January, 2010

Wort’s Happening With Thirsty Mallard

Posted by Jeff on January 27, 2010

Wort’s happening… see what I did there?!  See!?  Because “worts” sounds kinda like “what’s”!  So original…

Ok… so the Steam Beer is in the secondary.  Actually, it needs to get into the kegerator, I’ve just been too busy to move it.  But that’s alright… a little aging won’t hurt it.  Upon transferring to secondary I gave it a taste and it was pretty damn good!  I’m really looking forward to having this beer on tap.  I’m considering filtering it… but I think, in true Steam Beer tradition, I won’t.

I’ve been mulling over names for the beer.  I like MallardSteam and Old Prospector.  I’d like to make the name/label to have a connection to the California Gold Rush of 1849 since that’s the origin of steam beer. 

I also brewed another beer… something nostalgic.  Check my next blog post for that update. 

Alright… so as for inventory… right now on tap I’ve got Dubbel Duck (Belgian Dubbel), Duck Pond Brown Ale, Thirsty Mallard Oatmeal Stout and technically the spiced holiday ale with the funky off flavor is on tap, but probably won’t be for long.

The Oatmeal Stout is a few pints from kicking.  I’m going to try to bottle what’s left for competition (Bluebonnet Brew Off) to free up space for the Steam Beer. 

So that’s wort’s happening!  (HA!)


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Holiday Spiced Ale Update

Posted by Jeff on January 7, 2010

As I mentioned in my previous post… something is wrong with my beers.  I’ve changed alot of variables and I think I’ve found the culprit… but in the tangle… I lost some good beers.

The Holiday Spiced Ale has fallen in those ranks.

Last year this beer was a delight!  It was smooth and delicious and tasted like drinking a pumpkin pie beer!  This year… well… this year it tastes like a spiced hot mess.

On the plus side, it’s the same off flavor I’ve had in most of my recent beers, so I know there is a consistent problem… I just have to find it.

In the meantime, I’m letting the Holiday Spiced Ale age for a while in hopes that it will become drinkable… but I’ve got low hopes.  Looks like a batch I’ll be giving to the dead homies.

Bah humbug!

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