October 17, 2012

Brewing for Democracy

I have been in a brewing frenzy this last month.  I had always planned on another double IPA and wanted to get a Winter beer brewed with room for some extended secondary time.  But when Obama released his two beer recipes, SOF put in her request for one.  So, three weeks ago, I brewed the Honey Porter.  

I used to love porters, but have not really had one I loved for sometime.  My tastes have changed, perhaps, and I have been drinking a lot of IPAs of various hop strength.  Speaking of that, I also brewed another version of Face Puncher--a super hopped beer that I only tried last spring because of the name.  But it is pretty good.  My hop-head friends love it.  And last, I brewed a Winter Warmer beer that I hope will be ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

Last week's festival put me behind a bit, so yesterday, SOF helped me bottle both the Face Puncher and Obama White House Honey Porter.  It was an exhausting evening of sanitizing bottles and cleaning, but well worth it.  (Yes, I still bottle and kind of prefer it to the keg, because I can hand my friends a couple or take them to dinner parties with ease.) Oh, and because I discovered this cool site on the Interwebs where you can get custom bottle caps.  Oh yes. 



 Here you can see the reason Obama did well in the debate, as I chose to Obamasize my cap for the porter. And while I am wrestling with how to format the pictures in this version of Blogger, you can also see a close up below.  




4 comments:

Smitty said...

Yes, I still bottle and kind of prefer it to the keg, because I can hand my friends a couple or take them to dinner parties with ease.

Buy a counter-pressure filler. Keg-to-bottle problem solved.

I did the brews a few weekends ago; posted about it at our place. Intro'ed a few new guys to the process. Big fun! I converted the Northern Brewer extract/specialty grain Honey Porter kit to all-grain (if you want my conversion, I'll send it to you), and did it is fermenting beautifully.

I timed it to be fermented, kegged, pressurized and tappable...on election night!

Smitty said...

And never mind. You commented on my post. Derp.

If you want my all-grain conversion, I'll email it to you.

Also...are you interested in my Maple Syrup Porter recipe?

Streak said...

Oh, and the other thing. I don't really have room for kegs. But this works for us.

Yeah, send me the recipe. Not sure when I will get access to the syrup, but it sounds like a really interesting recipe. And brewing this porter has reawakened my interest in the form.

Smitty said...

Oh, and the other thing. I don't really have room for kegs.

Excuses excuses. It's a matter of priorities, Streak. Buy my kids some school clothes, or make room for keg apparati?


(I kid, of course)