Watching what you say

On occasion one gets reminded how small and connected this internet thing is. I just received an e-mail regarding a second review of a beer. The author basically thanked me for trying the beer again and reviewing it again because he though my first review was a bit harsh.

I was a bit shocked that someone actually read my reviews. But doubly shocked that they would take the time to thank me and explain the differences in the brewery, process and ingredients since my first review.

As I’m sure some (or one of the only two) readers would agree – it is easy to forget that other people read what you write. I suppose it helps keep you honest.

Kudzu reduce apetite for beer

From Al:

Kudzu extract reduce apetite for beer among heavy drinkers. From the New Scientist:

“In the study, people who were given kudzu extract for seven days drank about one beer less in a monitored 1.5-hour drinking session than people who took the placebo, say researchers at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School and New England Research Institutes in Massachusetts, US. Those treated also drank more slowly.”

Although this would be a perfect adjunct, it appears that breweries would be shooting their business model in the foot.

Alberta Arts Pale Ale moved to secondary

I transferred AAPA into secondary last night. The current gravity reading was at 1.014, which means it must be nearly ready. I do have some reservations about the beer. It seems to have a lighter body than I remember it, and due to the late start on the yeast, I’m worried that I might have tasted some off flavors. It had a violent fermentation once it got started, so it’s possible that I was just tasting some of the yeast still in suspension. We’ll get a better idea after secondary.

Yakistan Imperial IPA – Bottled

I bottled Yakistan Imperial IPA. It’s the first time I’ve bottled an entire beer in a couple years. I forget how much more work it is. Still, the process went fairly well, and I have roughly 20 x 22oz and a double magnum of the IPA aging.

The IPA finished with a terminal gravity of 1.021, which is right where it should be based on the yeast’s attenuation. That puts the ale sitting fairly heavily at 8.2% ABV. That’s a new record for me, but I wish I’d not bottled everything in 22oz bottles.

Since it was in secondary for nearly 2 weeks, the clarity is excellent. I hope there is enough yeast still in suspension to carbonate it. The taste is great so far. There’s less aromatic hop than I wanted, but it has enough bitter back end to support the robust body. If I did it again, I would have dry hopped the beer in secondary. Look for bottles to appear in the next 3 weeks.

Indicative of IPA

indica IPA
Lost Coast Brewery is being sued on behalf of hindus everywhere for its portrayal of Ganesh on the label of it’s Indica India Pale Ale. The label show’s Ganesh, remover of obstacles (bottle caps?), holding a beer in one of his many hands and a beer in his trunk.

Lost Coast is willing to change the label, but the lawyer bringing the suit is going to continue to seek grievances to the tune of 1 billion dollars. Grievances against people who didn’t even know the beer existed. Um…. I hope he doesn’t go after breweries everywhere asking for grievances from the term India Pale Ale – as it was the drink of choice for the Raj during Britain’s tenure there.

Alberta Arts Pale Ale

This is a modified version of Persuasion Pale ale, originally brewed to entice people to help us move 2 years ago. Since we’re moving into a neighborhood, I thought I’d dress up the recipe a bit for the occasion.


  • 0.5 lbs domestic Munich
  • 1.0 lbs domestic two-row
  • 0.5 lbs domestic Victory
  • 7.0 lbs LME


  • 0.5 oz Simcoe (12.1 α) @ 60 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Simcoe (12.1% α) @ 20 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Simcoe (12.1% α) @ 10 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Simcoe (12.1% α) @ 2 mintues


  1. 1 tbps Irish Moss
  2. California Ale Yeast (WLP0001)