In the face of a crazy work schedule, I have found some sanity in beer. Work can sometimes be SO consuming that even when you’re at home, your mind is racing with thoughts of what you would or should have done. Some nights I can’t even sleep because there are work issues eating away at me.
Beer is a true escape from all that. When I’m planning (drinking), racking (drinking), cleaning (drinking)or brewing (drinking), my mind is totally focused on beer. It’s a great feeling. It’s like a little vacation. I think that’s why I love the hobby. When you’re brewing, you can totally focus on the task at hand and lose yourself in the act. Even when you have people over, all you talk about is beer. It’s great.
Anyway, earlier this weekend I took one of my “brewcations” (trademark pending) after work by racking over three of my brews to the keg. I bottled up 8 12oz bottles and 2 bombers (maibock). For the carbonation, I used a little over 1/3 cup priming sugar for the Maibock and just shy of 1/2 cup for the Californication. Using Beer Smith for all of this has been spot on with my carbonation.
I tasted both brews. The Maibock was good, but had a little harsh burn to it from the high alcohol. I think some time mellowing will do that some good. The Californication was REALLY good. The mild malt profile really lets the cascade hops jump out at you. The grapefruit flavor is really distinct and compliments the whole experience. I am pretty pleased with both brews. Should be good brews.
Finally, I picked up four more kegs from my “source” for Bryan. He is really ramping up his brewing operation fast. Good for him!