Thursday, June 11, 2009
Let the party begin...
The beer is in the bottle and it's all up to nature now ... well, I guess it's actually been up to nature all along, but now it's all up to the yeast to carbonate and condition the beer. It will be ten days in the bottle by just in time for the "Taryn A Hecker Photography & Bent's Beer Garden's Inaugural Summer Cook off" Here on Facebook. You should should come if you have the time. It's all free and there is going to be some fantastic food, as well.
BTW, all my bottling pictures turned out crappy, so I just threw a bottle of Bloody Marion in the freezer to cool down while I write this so Daisy Girl can shoot a picture for this post -- plus I like trying these beers young. The flavors are defined and just starting to blend at this point. (Update: Man, that is a good beer. It tastes like it did everything I wanted it to do. Nice.)
I spent about eight hours bottling yesterday. I got 10.5 cases in all. I made 10 gallons of Telepathy, a nice and smooth European pilsner; 10 gallons of Apple of My Eye, an apple infused European Lager, a nice and light beer with apple notes that are not cidery tasting; but only about 5 gallons of Bloody Marion pictured above, a wheat beer (or hefe) infused with Marion berries. It's great summer beer and it's red bloody-mary-like tint makes it look pretty cool with a slice of orange floating in it. (Update 2: I need to make more of this right away).
This BBQ is going to be great, BTW. I am doing my spin on a Chateau Briand with a nice sauce (which I perfected tonight), and I'll have a couple of surprise side dishes. Others HBO bloggers are cooking as well. MIA is grilling a leg of lamb. Taryn's step father is doing chicken. Phil is doing his "War on Terror" ribs. Kerri Thoreson is doing a proven cook-off winner, which I suspect may also be ribs, and I think KeithinCd'a is going to lay some of his killer tri-tips on us.
AND THEN Herb has already put up a ton of his famous potato salad. Florine has a killer roasted veggie dish. Taryn's Grandma will make her famous Deviled Eggs, and Geez, I know I am missing something here, but you get the picture...
This party is going to be legendary, I believe!