Unfortunately, those topics will have to wait. Instead, it appears that it is time for a classic "what Homebrew Dad screwed up this time" story.
You may recall me posting three weeks or so ago about my nine hour brewday in preparation for the Alabama Brew Off. I had wanted to enter at least a couple of beers into the competition, but had missed the announcement stating when they would accept entries; as a result, I only had a chance to brew once for the comp. I ended up deciding to go with a split batch, which resulted in seven gallons of a simple wort. Four gallons got WLP820 and was fermented via the fast lager process as a Festbier. The other three gallons got further split; both got WLP500 so as to be fermented as a Belgian Blond, but I decided to play with pitch rates to see which gave the best Belgian character.
The fermentation process seemed to go great; once fermentation slowed, the Belgian got a small addition of a sugar solution to help dry it out, and both beers got cold crashed and treated with gelatin for clarity. At every step of the way, everything seemed to be great.
This past weekend, I finally got around to bottling. I had really meant to do so last week, but it was both my son's and wife's birthdays, we had a birthday party, and things were just chaotic....
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My condolences. You are in our thoughts.
posted by nzo on 9/08/2015 at 11:59:26 AM
Sorry for your loss.
posted by MrDustpan on 9/09/2015 at 07:54:43 PM
You remind me that it's time to replace my fermenters. It's been 18 months (I use plastic better bottles) no infections yet however I don't want to take chances with bugs!
posted by Buxman14 on 9/17/2015 at 04:55:13 PM
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