The epic fail

A few weeks ago I had a rather complicated situation with a raspberry porte.r  You can read the post below, but in a nutshell: I brewed a porter, then added so much raspberry puree that it totally overwhelmed any other flavour, and basically was completely undrinkable.  So I brewed another porter, and mixed them.

The mixing itself was a challenge.  I basically took a cup of the raspberry stuff, and a cup of the regular porter, and mixed various proportions until I got somethign that didn’t taste terrible.  That’s right: not terrible was the best I could do.

Well guess what?  After two or three weeks of conditioning: it was terrible.  Somewhere in my less than enthusiastic bottling process (I had a suspicion it was going to be a total waste of time) I didn’t sanitize something very well.  If at all.  So along with a bad porter/raspberry beer, there was a decidedly tinny or weird flavour.  An infected beer won’t kill you, but it destroyed my brewing mojo.

Fortunately, there is always another brewing day.  I’ll tell you all about  it some other time.


About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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