Monday, February 10, 2014

Swell smells

So, it's been bubbling pretty good for about 48 hours. It's finally taking it easy and bubbling at a pretty even clip now. I'm going to put on the bubbler airlock as soon as I get a chance. But here's a weird thing.

It smells like yogurt.

I'm paging through the complete codex of "did I just ruin my beer" posts, and I'm not really seeing this one. Not yet. Ominous. Or not. I don't actually know.

Update: All these posts are like-- "yeah, you probably didn't ruin your beer. just cool your jets, newbie." So I'm done freaking out now.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


So, here it is. The birth of a hazelnut brown ale. In the eternal words of Strong Bad:

"Oh yeah. Check out all its majesty."

Omens of mercy

Three things have happened today, which tell me that today is the perfect day to brew the hazelnut brown:

1) I just watched Bode Miller absolutely crush the downhill course in training. Holy cow, can that guy slide. Gives me the jibblies.

2) Liverpool absolutely crushed the Gunners, 5-1. 5-1! And Suarez didn't even score once! The world as I previously knew it to be is ceasing to exist.

3) I absolutely crushed not drowning Magoo at swim lessons today. Hooray!

I'm going to shower off the chlorine, shovel my way out to the snowbank, and get sanitizing. Expect a video with my next update!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Good things come to those who wait, right? This beer better be damn good.

Our plan was to get the wort into the fermenter for that hazelnut brown last night. Instead, we bugged out for Lapeer early for my niece's one-year birthday party-- the weather was going to make that drive crazy with a capital K. Much more important, sure, but when are we going to make this beer now? I was really looking forward to that.

In the meantime, I've been reading as much as I can in How to Brew. Seriously, I've learned almost as much about beer in the past month than I have in my past three and a half years of drinking it. It is just fantastic how we know so little about something we've perfected so well, brewing beer. Fascinating stuff.

Anyway, I'll update again when I have something to update on. Hopefully sooner rather than later.