Saturday, July 26, 2008

Interlude

Ok so it's midway through day three. We're back at the hotel getting ready for dinner. I've got about 15 minutes to upload these pictures. To start with we've got some pictures of the group plus Cameron at the south tent. I was busy with my Dragon's Milk. 8.5% but you'd never know. Definitely a dangerous brew if it were available all the time.





From there we left the festival and headed off to Powell's for a brief relaxing non-intoxicating interlude. I ended up with these jewels. Crap I didn't take pictures, but here's the titles, The 5-Minute Iliad and other Instant Classics by Greg Nagan, I Kid You Not by Jakc Paar and the book that may be in your stocking next year Robert's Rules of Lesbian Dating by Shelly Roberts. Be forewarned.

After Powell's we headed over to the Deschutes brewery and restaurant. Excellent beer in case any of you were wondering. Mrs. LK did manage to take this photo expose of Rosanna while we were there.







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And Welcome to Day Three

So today marks our third day in Portland. Thursday night we wandered around town with Rosanna and finally stopped for dinner at Clyde Commons. I had the lamb, Mrs. LK had the steak and Rosanna had the trout. All really good. Unfortunately Mrs. LK's came a little bit cold. After that it was over to Kell's Irish Pub to close out the night. You can see Kell's in this crappy picture taken from my room at the Embassy Suites. You can see Mt. Hood in the distance in the other picture. Shitty pictures I know, but deal with it.



Friday we headed down to the festival around noon. Actually a little before that. Wanted to be first in line when they opened up the kegs. We spent about 3 and a half hours there before we headed back to the hotel for a bit of a rest.




We did end up going back, but didn't spend too much time there as it was really crowded and we, me and Rosanna, determined that we really hadn't taken a long enough break from the festivities. Back to the hotel we went and that's where I stayed for the rest of the evening. Mrs. LK, Rosanna and eventually Cheeselover hooked up for dinner and drinks well into the wee hours of the morn.

I slept. <--- Are wuss.

We're just about to head back out now for some pre-festival food and then it's back to the tables to try the varieties I missed out on yesterday before the tents get too full. Tonight it's dinner at Andina for Peruvian tapas. Looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

OBF In P

I like beer. It's good.

It's even better in a festival setting and when there are going to be over 50, five zero, breweries providing their best for an entire four days.

Sorry Portland I'll try and keep it together.

Oregon Brewers Festival

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Part Three: Return of the Beer

The selection this evening with dinner was the Power Up Lager. Unlike the book reference above this one was pretty unremarkable. It was a lager. Not unlike a lot of the light beers most people have tried. It did have more flavor than both of the light beers from the big two. As you can see very little head. Since the bottle had been sitting for over a week the sediment had settled and the beer was quite clear. I promptly messed that up by trying to get the last bit of beer out of the bottle which in turn got all the sediment as well. Good on a hot day. Very light on the alcohol content. Didn't feel any effects at all.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Primitive Yes. Terminator Alpha.

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Cheesy And Fun. Just My Style.



Get there before 11PM Sunday night. It goes away at Midnight. Some might cheer about that.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Number Two

The title does not reflect the quality of the second beer from the home brew mentioned previously. I popped open the Thermal Balance Blond today. This is the lager we added a bit of lemon flavor to during bottling. This variety was the one I felt I was not going to have much interest in. During our tasting while bottling it turned out that I really liked this one.


It held a a great head which disappeared pretty much as soon as my 'stache touched it. It's a pretty golden color. Again these weren't filtered so it's a bit cloudy, but you can see the increased clarity at the top. If this bottle had been allowed to settle a bit more than I was willing to wait it would probably have been quite a bit clearer.


Definitely not a strong hoppy flavor. Very mild. You can taste the grains late. The only thing I would do different is to use even less lemon than they told us to use. They said to use 1 drop of the extract and I know I wasn't always accurate with that single drop.


Cheers!

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Celebratory Liquid Refreshment

We decided to brew some beer prior to starting a certain type of testing on one of our current projects. The test phase was scheduled to last around 70 days. We figured we'd brew and bottle the beer at the beginning of the phase and then upon completion of that testing we'd all get together at a BBQ or something and celebrate our success over our handmade brew. A couple of things came up that didn't match with our plan. The test phase itself ended earlier than expected. Go us! No issues, hence none of the scheduled buffer was needed. W00t! The second issue was our program totally stymieing our attempts to set up the BBQ. They wanted to do something else and then that never happened. We got tired of waiting and started distributing the goods out in the parking lot.

Step back almost three months. A group of about six of us gathered at Brewbakers in Huntington Beach on a Saturday morning to begin the process. Of those of us there only one had any experience with brewing. In fact he's an accomplished home brewer, but the quantity we wanted to make didn't really lend itself well to brewing in his home. We had decided in advance that we wanted to brew up four different types in order to try and make something that just about everyone would like. We settled on a stout, a lager, a red and another lager, but this one with a hint of lemon added to it.

The brewing process was great fun. We measured, boiled, mixed and filled for about three hours. Four half batches of beer. That's twelve cases of twelve 22 ounce bottles. Thirtysix bottle of each type. The whole time was spent eating bread, the baker in Brewbaker, drinking beer and generally having a good time. We finished brewing, saw our beer go into barrels for the next two and half to three weeks and headed home.

Just about three weeks later four of us showed back up to put our maturing beer into it's ultimately final dispenser. We proceeded to bottle 144 bottle of beer in about two and a half hours. We would have finished quicker, but then we wouldn't have been able to sample as much of our beer as we did. The cases were loaded up and again we all headed home. The cases were stored for the next two months or so.

Well last week we finally distributed. Unfortunately a lot of people were still interested and so those of us that made it only ended up with one bottle of each type for ourselves. That leads us to today and the pictures below. The night prior to distributing the brew the guy that was storing the bottles made some labels and applied them. Now remember this relates to what we were testing so the names of each relate to that. We ended up with SCTV Stout, Reflector Red, Power-Up Lager and Thermal Balance Blond. (SCTV stands for Space Craft Thermal Vacuum which is just about what it sounds like, you test the spacecraft in a vacuum and over changing temperature to make sure it does what it's supposed to. A reflector is used to redirect RF radiation to its intended destination on earth from space. A power-up is just that, turning on the spacecraft prior to testing it. Thermal balance is a portion of testing that puts the spacecraft through temperature variations and verifies that everything stays at a temperature that won't damage anything regardless of the surrounding temperature conditions.)

So without further ado the four types.


Today is my first taste since the bottling. I'm hoping for the best. I chose to open the red first to go with my Stouffer's White French Bread pizzas. See below.


Definitely reddish in color. The head was a bit taller, but decreased by the time I managed to get the camera and take a picture. These are all unfiltered beers and there is definitely some sediment floating around. Nothing large though. We added a bit of carbonation during bottling, but the process itself would have added some as well. With that said it's very light on the carbonation. Still bubbling a little as I type this which is about forty-five minutes after opening. Taste impressions. Hmm, two things jump out. The first is the hoppy flavor. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The second is a bit of tartness. Not sure where that flavor comes from. All in all I'm very happy with this bottle of beer. I hope the others turned out as well.

Update: I forgot to mention alcohol content. All of the recipes provided for a beer with around five to seven percent. With that said I can definitely feel the affects after one 22 oz. bottle. Not sure where that puts it, but woohoo!

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Fee, Fie, Foe, Fitty

Kitty in the window and beer in the titty. w00t!



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Shelved

So what has kept me so busy that I haven't posted? Nothing, but my own laziness. Hah.

I did put up all these shelves over the past few days or week I forget how long it took. Not to mention that there's also a new surround system in the bedroom. We've got better AV in bed than in the living room. One more great reason to stay in bed.






Oh and I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. No, not really.

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