Much pootling makes berry bad beer barrel badly.
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Over the weekend the tribe wen to a wedding down south. We missed the huge storms, the Biblical lightning and all other things that make storms exciting (well, we may have had them overnight but I was too tired to rouse myself to see them) and just had rain. Until we made the wedding where it was hot. Damned hot. It's so hot I could've put stuff in mah shorts and cooked it. Done a little crotch pot cooking. I say, were you born on that sun? It's hot. So hot, I saw this little guy in orange robes burst into flames, it's that hot. And wet. That's good if you're with a lady but it ain't no good if you're in the jungle.
Aaaanyway. This meant that adding the flavour was late. By about a day. And that flavour was strong. I mean, no sooner had the sachet been added than the kitchen became pungent with the aroma of very strong raspberries and sugar. Ouch. Still, I resolved that I would barrel the concoction this evening having nipped across to the Beer Shop for a brush to make sure that my barrel was clean. I remembered a smear of yeast that somehow had remained after being rinsed and washed the last time. Then the car went pop so that didn't happen.
I brought the barrel out anyway, in an effort to keep the beer on track. But that smear has... well, I filled the barrel with water and there's stuff in there looks like goose-poop - all wibbly and jelly-like and strange. And it reeks of yeast. Reeks. So... yeah, I can't wash it out. I've tried adding boiling water but I lack a brush long enough to get in the barrel and scrub the sides and no Heath Robinson method of rigging one up. It's not like I can get in the car, it's in the garage, for a while either. Poor timing. I'm not free to mosey on out to get a brush until Thursday anyway (and that after a late night watching the Pet Shop Boys). Ladies and gentlemen of the beer brewing world (and people who feel the need to read what I done write) I think I may have killed this fruity batch.
We'll see. When I do sally forth for beer making supplies I shall buy in the necessaries for Batch 3 and see if I can't improve on this time around (which shouldn't be too hard). Assuming, of course, that a popped turbo won't wipe out the gains made from examining this year. *le sigh*