James Joyce

I’m in Clipper City, at James Joyce, drinking James Joyce Amber by Clipper City Brew Co (now known as Heavy Seas). A perfect match! For a mild day in Baltimore, this is really the best. Pretty golden color, crisp taste. Slight sweet maltiness. I love saying this: high drinkability! Ha. Nice beer.

I have yet to meet a Heavy Seas beer I didn’t love. Makes this Baltimore girl proud!

If you are ever in downtown Baltimore, check out James Joyce for a perfectly poured beer, a nice scotch, and some good old Irish hospitality.

Bennie’s is bottled.

Bottled! I went with the corn sugar. Why skimp on the very first batch? I need a win here folks.

Highlights were filling the bottles and capping them. It is a little factory in my kitchen. I did taste the flat brew once more and it was pretty much the same. Just really needs carbonation. It’s going to be hard to wait for those bubbles. It’s been pretty chilly in the house, but not many hours below 60°, so the fermentation should be ok, if slow.

And the labels! Yes! We even gave one label to Bennie’s family, ha. Next up is a porter. Maybe maple porter. Or pecan. Or both. Hmm.

*Now the question, how to adhere the labels to those pretty brown bottles? I’ve been searching around and found some ingenious solutions. My favorite candidate being Milk, of all things! There are tons of fancy fancy products out there but I am going to do some laser prints of old Bennie and try milk. Thanks MN Bugeater! I might have to sign up on this forum, homebrew talk as well. Seems like a nice group of folks.

If milk fails me, I’ll try rubber cement or Elmers.

First batch pitched and going: Midnight Sun

Last night I stayed up ridiculously late brewing my first ever batch of homebrew.  I couldn’t wait for a more convenient time, I was that excited. I’m calling it Midnight Sun because it was pitched at midnight, but the recipe is actually called AHS Texas Kolsch, and the credit (for the recipe at least) belongs to the brewcrew at Austin Homebrew Supply.   They are a great bunch of folks… very welcoming and knowledgeable.

Since it’s my first batch ever, I’m not expecting they’d have the faintest interest in taking credit for anything that happened to those ingredients once they were loaded in my trusty Subaru.

Dear Golden Ale, will you be delicious? (Will you even be beer?)

I hope on my second batch, I won’t feel compelled to check for signs of life (bubbles in the airlock) every hour. It’s been cold the last few days, so I thought the beer might feel a little chilly in the house. I lovingly wrapped a towel around its girthy 5 gallon container this morning, hoping to cozy it up to the perfect happy fermentation temperature.  Come on bubbles…