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Brave New World

Well, I have dumped my Ommegang starter. I was too over-zealous in my approach, and should have started with a much smaller quantity of wort… 500mL is too much for even 3 large 750mL bottles. Next time I will actually try a different approach, and I will plan on it taking much longer to get to a pitchable volume – like 4-8 weeks, not 4-8 days. Lesson learned. I will not be dissuaded though – I shall reculture.

I have a large (1.5 gallon) starter of WLP833 German Bock yeast downstairs. I made the starter last night and am seeing the beginnings of activity tonight. I was really nervous about the long lag time, however after some research online I found that this strain is a notorious slow-starter. This will be my first ever “lager” beer, a Maibock, and I am more than anxious and a little nervous about how it will turn out. I’m probably psyching myself out a little. I also plan on brewing an Oktoberfest beer in March… so I’ll use whatever I learn this time around to make improvements for that batch.

I have a new order from MoreBeer coming. My parents got me a gift certificate for $100, so I got a bunch of cool little gadgets and a couple of ingredients. I’ll actually start bringing kegs to meetings in the future I think…

Next 3 batches are as follows (in order):

  • Initiation Maibock (5 gal)
  • Choking Sun Stout (7.5 gal)
  • Native Rage IRA (10 gal)

After that I have a huge laundy list of brews to get through during the first quarter of 2006, including:

  • Bourbon Ale (Maybe a Stewart’s McBride’s Strong Ale clone>
  • Scotch Ale
  • Tupelo Honey Ale
  • Rise & Shine Oatmeal Stout #2

And the list seems to be growing faster than my ability to remove items. Should be a great year.

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