Piccadilly Circus Pub crawl. London is a remarkable drinking experience. It’s high-order availability of beer makes it one of my favorites. There’s no shortage of top quality on tap. No sitting around lamenting this beer microbrew this and that. Just quantity, apply friends and enjoy.
Sweep Generator and Sour
The Hewlett Packard Sweep Generator stands as the backdrop of my almost last glass of Flanders Sour. Someone gave me this bugger (HP) and I wanted dearly to fix it. The time I spent devoted to troubleshooting is blocking my brewing ambition. I have to get this machine off my plate or I’ll run out of beer soon. The HP goes to a reputable repair shop and the beer—I live to brew another day.
The fermentation mostly completed in the red sour ale after adding cherries for this Flanders Red (Kriek lambic) style. The plan is to age until June and keg for a celebration with friends.
Just for a hoot, I stopped by the San Diego Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) weekly meeting for a beer judge comment on my bottled, non-cherry version. It received good comments. I’m not a member so I didn’t have a wide sample of judging, but I’m happy with it.
I would say that the cherry aroma and flavor were slightly noticeable above the aged oaked character. I like that cherries may have slightly added tartness or dryness but next time add two 96 Oz cans to five gallons and would not need so much head space in the carboy since the secondary fermentation was not heavy.
I expect good things for this in the keg in a few months.