Life by Chocolate

Chocolate, white, milk, dark, in all its forms forms life. Chocolate truffles, caramels, and other confections are at the core of enjoyment. This is life by chocolate because death by chocolate is the wrong attitude.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Porter Bottling - some ideas, some thoughts

Good health. That's me drinking the extra beer. From checking the specific gravity. It taste-ah like-ah Porter. As you can see, I gained about 5 pounds. I blame the beer but as my brother Johnny would say, "Don't blame the beer." The alcohol content of this beer turned out to be about 5.8%. Not too shabby.

I know I didn't put the recipe for this Peat-Smoked Porter. While bottling, I came up with a couple of innovations since the last time I bottled. My brother John, showed me how to brew, since then I've brought the paranoia of a chocolatier who used to be a software engineer and the innovation of a hacker to the bottling. No big deal. Well, OK. I've always had the paranoia of a chef. LOL

The first amazing Idea I had was to just put the bottles in the bucket. Put the bottle' in the bucket, Eliza, Eliza. Well, Duh. When I was doing that I found that they just filled up.


This wasn't an idea but I over caramelized the priming sugar.

And that's me as the bottling tank.

I wound up with a half bottle that I capped anyway. I'll let Kim drink it tomorrow because it will be sweet.