Archive for December, 2009

Blind Tastings Commence

December 17, 2009

This week saw the first three of our blind tastings to produce the notes that will form the bulk of the book. I’m going to try to get in the habit of posting a photo of each night’s tasting lineup here. Of the tastings this week, I only got a shot of the first night’s, so here it is:


What did you drink last weekend?

December 12, 2009

If you joined us for the beersperiment down at the Green Dragon, here’s what:

That’s a Wrap

December 7, 2009

… now the hard work can begin. We finished two days of serving beer to people at the Green Dragon, which was a lot of fun work. We got 250-275 samples, which is decent, though I’d wished for more. A cold snap that hit last night and persisted through the day probably depressed the turnout somewhat.

The experiment involved serving a flight of pale Continental lagers (Czechvar, Heineken, Stella Artois) and a flight of American craft ales with significantly different levels of bitterness (Fat Tire, Mirror Pond, Ninkasi Believer) to see if people could identify/spot duplicate samples and test some theories about beer experience and preference for bitterness.

Getting Back to Where We’ve Been

December 4, 2009

Here’s an update to my current beer To-Do list:

  • Re-clamp gas system for basement draft setup (there’s a leak)
  • Refill CO2 tank (… there’s a leak)
  • Keg 10 gallons of hoppy rye beer
  • Bottle half of the Scotch Ale
  • Keg the other half
  • Update the fittings and connectors on the immersion chiller to allow combined immersion/counterflow chilling for the next brew
  • Write a book about beer