Archive for November, 2009

Brewed Pot Licker Chocolate Stout

Monday, November 30th, 2009

brewing day - indegredients

Brew day number two is all over; nothing more than a memory and some notes on a piece of paper. I decided to go the route of making my own recipe for this one to feel that I was in a little more control.

I ended up with 2.5 pounds of grain that I steeped, adding 5.4 pounds of pale dried malt extract (DME) and a half pound of lactose. The lactose, half the DME, and 1 ounce of hops were added at boil. I added eight ounces of Hersheys cocoa with 10 minutes left in the boil.

By now you probably realize that Pot Licker is a milk chocolate stout. free run 3.0 v4 I hope there is some bitterness from the hops, malt, and chocolate while the sweetness from the malt and lactose balance out, hopefully even slight creaminess.

brewing day - wort of cocoa was added

I plan on racking the beer twice outside of the primary as there is a lot of cocoa in the beer. I don’t care if the beer is clear but floaties might freak some people out. The total amount in the carboys will be in the range of 4 – 5 weeks. At that point I will bottle and let it age for a good 4 weeks in the bottle. Six of the bottles I would like to add a few drops of coconut extract to make Pot Licker With Nut. If it is bad, then it will only be a few nasty beers to dispose of on friends. 😉

Unfortunately it will be February before the beer is ready. I hope it is as good as I imagine it to be. Enjoy!

Celebration IPA By Flossmoor Station

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

flossmoor station restaurant & brewing celebration ipa

Celebration IPA by Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewing is an American IPA. The uniqueness of this IPA is that it is brewed once, put on tap and/or bottled with colored wax to distinguish, and then they change the recipe. I like the idea as it gives the brewer a chance to let a piece of himself shine through based on how well each of the beers are received.

The bottle had purple wax to help me denoting that it free run 3.0 v4 femmes was their Celebration IPA offering (their webiste lists the colors and beers). The beer poured dark amber and cloudy with ample, tan, frothy foam. The aroma of citrus hops, even some floral hops with a big malt backbone: bread/dough. I believe the malt came through more based on the age but nonetheless still a very good beer. I wish I could have had Celebration IPA when it was fresher.

No matter, Flossmoor Station continues to impress with their American craft beer offerings and there is good chance I will be heading out there today 🙂 Enjoy!

Mothership Wit Leads A Trio Of Beer Reviews

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

new belgium mothership wit

After only a couple of nights of tasting, testing, and beer reviewing, I feel like I am back in the beer review saddle again and the saddle feels good! 🙂

I have sat down for three new beers over the past few days:

  • Mothership Wit by New Belgium Brewing Compnay is a Witbeir that has the usual taste and aroma of the style but does it refreshingly well. Even though I enjoyed in the colder months, this beer could and should be imbibed during the warmer months. A great post-mowing the grass beer. 8/10
  • Yakima Twilight by Victory Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA which has some dark fruit, beady malt backbone, and, of course, hops. I have to admit it wasn’t what I was expecting and the bready malt isn’t something I like in a big IPA. An average beer, at best, in my eyes that I might have again, especially since I have to finish of the sixer. 6/10
  • The Bellaire Brown by Short’s Brewing Company is an American Brown Ale that is true to style. It was an easy drinker that, as the brewery mentions, is a good gateway beer. This is also a drawback for me, since they make it for the masses, the aroma and flavor isn’t as big as it could be. Don’t get me wrong, free run 3.0 v5 femmes it is a good beer, but just a sliver away from being much better. 7/10

No matter how good these beer were or were not, having a chance to review beers is something that I missed. Enjoy!

2 Turtle Doves Is Damn Good

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

the bruery 2 turtle doves

After 10 days of no beverages, I turned my attention to a new addition to the collection: 2 Turtle Doves by The Bruery. 2 Turtle Doves is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale in which they have thrown in toasted pecans and cocoa nibs.

At 12% ABV the beer packs a punch that noticeable, doesn’t dominate or take away from the overall complexities. Aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted, nutty, and dark fruits that are combined exquisitely to make a really high alcohol, drinkable beer that can also be cellared for up to 10 years. I would have to say that I was pleasantly impressed, free run 4.0 v2 look forward to purchasing one or two more for the long hall, and anticipate the next ten years of releases. 9/10

Try to get some if you can. If you can only get one, the biggest decision will be to open or to cellar. No matter, you will not be disappointed. Cheers to hoping that each beer will only improve on the last. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving From Two Beer Dudes

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from Two Beer Dudes!

happy thanksgiving from two beer dudes

Wednesday Beer Store Visit To Help Spirits

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This weeks visit to the beer store seemed special. Not the kind of special like your fifth birthday but it was a good feeling to start putting the past two weeks of physical ailments behind and start fresh. I think the beer store is my place for inner well being and healing. 😉

The beer store different disappoint as there were some good new beers and even a new American microbrewery distributing to Illinois now. Yes, The Bruery is now selling its goods to the Land of Lincoln. I have heard and read good things about their beers. I had my first, Trade Winds, at the most recent TNBC meeting. I picked up a bottle of 2 Turtle Doves but will be back for Orchard White, Rugbrod, and Saison Rue.

free run 4.0 v2 femmes The weekly new beer offerings were as follows:

My biggest complaint each week of visiting the beer store: I never have enough money to afford everything I would like to get. Enjoy!

Oh, How I Miss Beer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

native indian

The last 10 to 12 days have been a real struggle for me when it comes to actually feeling good. I have gone down with a cold for four days of flu. Following I had a couple of days in which I felt okay but never 100%. On my first day back at work, I got rearended at a stop light only a mile or so from home. free run 4.0 v3 By the end of the last week, I had some type of bacteria infection that shared a 102 fever and drove me to see things in my sleep. The medicine for this one is turning out to be worse than the sickness. But I don’t want to cry.

Out of all this, what do I miss? Having a beer. The antibiotics are still working their magic through this coming Sunday. The way the antibiotics actually make me feel some vertigo and beer doesn’t even sound all that good (is that blasphemy?). 😀

No matter, the wife is driving on Thursday for Thanksgiving and I plan on having some type of good old American craft beverage to celebrate. I don’t have my eye on anything specific and, at this moment, because of my stomach, it will probably be something light and easy.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Pot Licker Chocolate Stout

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

After a couple of weeks or research, asking my normal questions, trying several versions of the recipe, I have finalized the ingredients for my next home brew: Pot Licker Chocolate Stout. Let me remind you that this is just my second beer that I will be brewing, my first recipe that I created on my own, and on the heels that my first batch of beer is still a week from being bottle conditioned.

I felt confident with a taste of my Robust Porter, from a kit, when I went to bottle, as outside of the carbonation it tasted like a robust porter. Nothing fantastic mind you. I try to be very careful with sanitation, so I am expecting a half-way decent beer come next weekend. Pot Licker I am hoping to take to the next level as I believe I have ironed out some problems I had with the first brew. I realize that I am sure more problems with come with this beer.

My recipe, is sort of a combination of a sweet stout. I hope that there will be the sweetness from the lactose and chocolate, while picking up a little bitterness from the chocolate and black patent malt. The hops will add some offsetting bitterness too. My goal is that the chocolate is a subtle flavor not an over whelming flavor. If you want a chocolate bar, eat a snickers. 🙂

Recipe for Pot Licker Chocolate Stout:
5.40# Muntons Plain Lights DME
0.50# Lactose
1.00# Briess Chocolate Malt
0.25# Black Patent Malt
0.75# Simpsons Crystal Malt 60L
0.50# Roasted Barley
1.0oz Kent Goldings 5.0AA (60 min.)
SG: 1.064
SRM: 48.3
IBU: 21.9

This should make a five gallon batch of beer after a sixty minute boil after I steep the grains at 154 degrees for 30 minutes. Hop addition at beginning of boil. I will add 4 tablespoons of cocoa to the beer with 10 minutes left in the boil. If the amount of chocolate is too subtle or one of the other flavors is “off”, I will make changes to the recipe and try again.

I plan on placing in the primary for about a week to ten days, then letting it sit in the secondary for two to three weeks or more to let it condition. Into the bottle to free run 4.0 v3 femmes condition for a good three or four more weeks. In all I think it will be a little more than two months before I can enjoy this beer.

When I put my beer into the bottling bucket I did take some of the yeast cake with hopes of trying to use it with this beer. I am debating this as it was a different beer, so I did buy some backup yeast.

Special: I plan on taking six of the bottle and adding a specific number of drops of coconut extract to see what type of fun that can bring too. I hope I am not being to adventurous for my second beer. Enjoy!

Two Beer Dude Site Updates

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

site updates

Per my last sips entry it hopefully is apparent that my extra time has been spent recovering from my myriad of ailments so Two Beer Dudes has suffered. Today I found about an hour of time to work a few more pages into the site design, add a link or two, and think about other pages that need to be created.

Why my sudden burst of energy. After my doctors visit today (my third in less than 24 hours), I received a prescription for a steroid to help the some swelling. free run 5.0 A side effect of the steroid is sleeplessness. My body was tired and ached but my brain had no interest in shutting down. As mentioned, a good time to work on the site.

I updated the designs on the beer rating system, add a beer, and add a place pages. Not completely satisfied with the beer rating page but, because there is so much to do on the site still, I won’t get back to that page for a while.

I also added a link to the footer for the beer rating system as the only place it could be found was on the beer pages in the right column. Haven’t decided for sure or not but I may add it to the drop down menu also.

I will start working on an establishment rating system soon but it will be more about the overall combination of some factors about the experience. Enjoy!

Last 10 Days A Downer

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The last ten days of my life haven’t been the best. I was sick last Thursday through Sunday with the flu. Because of that I missed two days of work. Tuesday, on my way home from work, I was rear ended. I was stopped at a light for 30 seconds with a car behind. All of a sudden, pow! She said her foot slipped off the break but my head almost hit the windshield and I got out of the car looking behind her thinking that someone hit into her. That’s how hard she hit me. I think she hit the gas because she thought the light was green and wasn’t paying attention. Yesterday, Thursday, I left work as I had woken up with at 3am with my left hair swollen and in pain. I went to work, did a few interviews, and left as the pain increased as the swelling started to travel down the side of my jaw.

sick smile icon

I went to urgent care, they took me quickly, and because of my symptoms, said there is a small chance that I could actually have mumps. I was given two prescriptions: antibiotic and pain. Of course I let me wife know about this, so she started calling and researching.

We went to the free run 5.0 +3 femmes emergency room around 6pm as the hospital said we should come in. Once at the ER, the mention of the mumps, which is unbelievably communicable, got a face mask on me in two seconds flat and in a room in less than two minutes. Never had that kind of service at an ER.

Seven viles of blood, an IV that was pumped full of liquid antibiotic and steroid, 102 temperature (it had risen a degree or more while there), and four hours later I was on my way home. Mumps is ruled out! They wanted to keep me but, upon my release, I had to promise to go to an ear, nose, and throat specialist today in the am.

My sleep was full of sweat, sweat, and more sweat. I changed my close from being drenched, I had a sweat towel that I used about every 15 minutes to wipe off my face, my pillow became water logged, and I saw some strange things in my sleep last night.

If this is my introduction to turning 40 a little over a month ago, I am beginning to not like it. I guess the worst part about this entire 10 days, I haven’t had an appetite for American craft beer and with the way I feel, it will be a few more days before I even want one. Enjoy!