Monthly Archives: November 2010

Quad Update

My buddy and I had a great time brewing yesterday. He brought some tasty pipe tobacco and taught me the fine art of packing a pipe. First, pack like a boy with a pinch. Then pack the second pinch like a woman (softer). And then, pack the last pinch like a man. I know that this probably sounds chauvinistic. But then again, I don’t know many women who smoke a pipe.

As good as those leaves were, we had another issue with leaves yesterday not as pleasant. Some leaves came off of a tree and fell into our boiling wort and then fragmented like glass. I spent a good fifteen minutes trying to fish the leaves out with a strainer. Some of the fragments are just going to be part of the spicing. I hope it ain’t toxic.

The Quad is bubbling away upstairs. I didn’t realize that Quads need to be fermented at a higher temperature than the Dubbels–68 t0 72 degrees. So, it is in the spare bedroom closet, sitting in a large plastic tub. The basement is just too cool. Better for lagering. The yeast got off to a roaring start and fermentation is in full force as we speak. Sugar is like jet fuel I suppose…and there is more sugar in the Quad wort than in a Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes box. Or, Sugar Smacks (have to love the name). I don’t even know if that stuff is still on the market.

When it comes time to bottle, I am going to have to think about what to do because the second fermentation in the bottles also has to be at a higher temperature than the basement. The problem is that the bottles could explode if I don’t keep within the parameters. That will put my beer-making out of commission. My wife will become like the Feds during Prohibition shutting down Moonshiners. Flaming Molotov Cocktails is the only thing I think of that would be worse bottle-wise than exploding Belgian Quad bottles.

All in all it was a great late Fall day. We drank one beer apiece all day. I love moderation. With good beer, you don’t have to drink a lot of it to derive enjoyment.  Like term papers, quality and not quantity.

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Christmas Quad

Today my buddy and I, he a plumber and musician, me–a writer and philosopher–join forces like Superfriends to brew a Belgian Quad. It is always good, whether in  any type of relationship, to find complementary skill sets. It is also good to share some skills as to not tick each other off due to incompetence if two are needed on the same task.

I brewed a Belgian Dubbel solo a couple of months ago. Either it was dumb luck, intuition, or just following the directions, but the Dubbel turned out fantastic. A lot of work but at about 45 dollars for 50 12 oz. bottles of Belgian Dubbel is a price where the labor saves big dollars. I would spend at least $ 100 at a distributor, if not more, for the same amount.

The Quad will be available around Christmas. I wouldn’t put it in a stocking, though. The bottle will just to too heavy to not rip the stocking off of the hearth. Better to put it under the tree. The Christmas Quad…making spirits bright.