Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beer for BabyTooth...

Hi all.

Mrs. Tooth has been trying to get me to post for a while now, so I guess I'll give it a go. As you can see from the previous post, we're expecting a new addition to the family. BabyTooth should be arriving in July and we're trying to get as much done in advance as we can. To that end, I figured I'd think WAY in advance and make her a beer for when she's old enough to drink.

The picture below is said beer in fermenters. I ferment in 5 gallon kegs. The two kegs are each holding 2.5 gallons of fermenting beer with plenty of head space for the foaming kraussen that this big beer should produce. There was an extra 2/3 gallon left over that I poured into the gallon jug you see in the center. I pitched a packet of wine yeast in with it as a control to make sure the English Ale yeast in the full batch reaches it's terminal gravity. You can see why I needed the extra head space in the fermentation kegs given how the kraussen is overflowing the gallon jug.

The beer itself is an Imperial Oaked Bourbon Stout that should come in around 12-13% abv, after the infusion of Bourbon. The high alcohol level and tannins from the oak will hopefully help it last until BabyTooth is ready to drink it. I'll just "lose" the keg with an oak spiral in the back of the cellar for a decade. Then I'll start considering bottling options.

If this brewing stuff is interesting to you or if you have any questions, please add a comment to let me know. I'll try to post more often if people are interested.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why I've been away from this for ages!

Hi all, sorry I've been the worst food blogger ever. I do have a fair number of partially completed posts, but nothing finished. This is due to my forced teetotaling the last few months, not feeling well enough to cook anything interesting, and spending way too much time on some message boards. So what caused all this change? Here she is:

She will hopefully arrive in late July. We're both beyond excited! So, now that I'm feeling a bit better, I swear I'm going to catch up. Looking things over, I realize that not only do I have some work to do here, I need to make some more braised short ribs this weekend!