Chamomile 2+3

You can read about #2–the lighter beer in this photograph-here.

chamomile brewsBut #3, seems to have no nose to it at all. From a  flavor perspective it doesn’t ring any serious bells-nothing seems off or weird. It’s a little less sweet, which I think is a good thing.

However, the mouthfeel is improved. There’s something just a little bit silkier about it, which is a nice effect. I dig on the result and I think it’s  a definite plus for certain styles, especially darker ones.

Essentially, I think toasting the oats will become part of making this beer and is something I’m going to keep in mind for my future stouts. Here’s the recipe:

Brewed: 8.17.11

Steeping Malts:
1 lb Toasted Oats (toasted for 15 min @ 150)
.5 lb Pils
.25 lb C60

Fermentables:
7 lb LME

Hops and adjuncts:
1 oz Ahtanum @ 60
.5 oz Hallertauer @ 60

1/8 tsp Grains
1/4 Corriander
3/4 tsp Bitter orange
1 tsp Orange peel
2.25 oz Chamomile all at 10 min

Yeast: Final use wit yeast, Wyeast 3944

OG: 1.062

TG: 1.011

FG: 1.02

2ndary 9/1
Bottled 9/11/11
Used 1/2 tsp yeast for bottling

ABV: 6.67%

7pm: GIGO

My usual blog usurped by OBC business, I got lost (foolishly) on my way to Portland U-Brew, who were kind enough to open their doors to us on an off night, so we could hold a board meeting. At the counter, a stranger advises me: “The fresh IPA,” and who am I to resist?

PUB IPAIt’s damn good. My notes suggest tangerine candy and when I ask about it, I’m told that Galaxy hops were added. I’ve not used Galaxy hops before so now I feel like I need to be on a mission to find and use them. Seriously. No matter what, I recommend this ale and believe people should drink it.

The board meeting begins. Two and a half hours. Democracies move slowly but I realize that they move at a human pace.

What are you willing to do?

I haven’t had much experience in leadership positions that involve a democratic rule but what little I’ve had in what is a small, non-profit organization has taught me a lot:

Things move at the pace that people want them to move. So the logical question comes up: What have I done lately to move things in the Republic?

I write, so I write. I do have a message, even through a beer blog, that I try and transmit, about sharing and being decent through the glories of beer.

Of course, I have not sat at Wall Street, raised my voice against the war(s), shed blood for my country. I do the best I can to demonstrate decency, quietly and I realize this may not be enough in the days to come.

Still, I do it anyway because you often get what you give. People who fail to participate in the world often find that they get a culture who does not care about them in return. Change moves at the speed of people, specifically the people willing to put their energy-despite having lives of their own that they need to run-towards that change. Every little bit helps, I hope.