Science!

What we have here is yet another article about why using clear glass to store bottled beer is a bad idea. I was preparing to come in with a certain level of snark about it when I realized, looking at my carboys, which are clear, that I may be doing the same thing.

A few years ago, I started covering wort that was actively fermenting with an old jacket. The carboys were already in the basement, so they weren’t getting a lot of light but I figured a little more protection couldn’t hurt. This process lasted until one of the cats decided that this jacket just didn’t have enough cat urine on it, and this was a problem that needed solving.

Now I put the carboys in cardboard boxes. I do this because I don’t have a fridge to store these things in.

Once the wort has fermented into beer, I’ll transfer it into secondary for any additional hops and clarity purposes but I usually don’t put the carboy back into a box for this. Fermenting is done; all is well (or so I thought.)

Reading this article, I’m thinking that perhaps I should do a little more to protect my beer from light, for as long as I can. If I’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that the little things really do add up and make for a better beer.

Emergency Beer

I’m not sure how I feel about this:

This is 10 Barrel‘s Swill, which I’m reviewing tonight because I have family in town and I thought I would get to go out and do things and I just didn’t.

So this is my ‘Break Glass In Case of Emergency’ moment, where I get beer and talk about it from home. It’s like I took a night off, without the taking a night off part.

This head is shockingly big and when I poured a second, I had a very similar experience. The car ride from NWIPA to my home isn’t far nor bumpy enough to excuse this, so I don’t know what might be causing this mighty foam. Something’s just weird, right off the bat. The head has a strong bready quality, while still hitting a touch of sour belgian funk in the nose. By virtue of the nose alone, I want to like this beer.

The execution is a little more challenging to evaluate, though. There’s such a strong grapefruit flavor in here that, coupled with the level of carbonation in Swill reminds me overmuch of Sprite soda. There is density: a grainy quality coming from the wheat malt which counteracts the soda pop feeling but just not enough.

It’s quite refreshing-I just had one after changing a tire-and I can see this going very well between meals, outside, under an umbrella or on the porch, doing nothing else. There are positives. I’m just not sure I can recommend it without the massive soda caveat, because that could be a real turn off for some people.