Sunday, August 13, 2006

Another cask, Hefeweizen & Double IPA

Another visit to the Liar's Club and another fine cask ale. This time it was the Pizza Port Wipeout IPA. Fantastic stuff. I asked the proprietor of the Liar's Club where he got his beer engine and once again I was led back to UK Brewing. He also suggested ebay. So i'll be on the lookout for that.

In addition to a couple of pints of the cask, I also tried a bottle of Stone's o6o6o6 Vertical Epic. I have a bottle at home that I got for my birthday, but being a specialty ale, I wanted to try it without opening my bottle to see what kind of occasion it befitted. Turns out it reminded me a lot of my strong ale and so my bottle will be saved until it gets cooler.

Meanwhile, I started a new Paulaner Hefeweizen today. Up until this year, Hefeweizen had always been my favorite beer. But now i'm a Hop freak and IPA has taken its place. Still, it's summer (and in San Diego will be for a while) and I ought to have a Hefeweizen on tap. That meant that I moved my double IPA to secondary. However this may be a time when one week primary really was too short. As I siphoned the wort into the secondary carboy, i noticed the hose clogg up with traub. Usually after primary there is about a 1/2" of fairly firm traub in the bottom of the primary bucket. Not this time. There was over an inch of fairly liquid traub and you could smell the yeast hard at work. Pity to loose that. Some of it made it into the secondary so I hope it gets going in there and creates a more active secondary fermentation than i'm used to. Oh well, we will see.


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