Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Breaking the rules!

Some times, I'd say that rules prevent chaos and enable civilized life to continue without significant interruption of that very life. Today, however, I'm sick of the rules. I was bottling some Irish Red this evening, and I caught a whiff of it. It smells very nice and caramel/malty, and just plain nice.
I have been working on re-sealing an Oak Barrel that I have left over from a previous project. It dried out when left empty in good old DRY Colorado, and would not hold liquid. I have had it soaking for 3 days now. The barrel is small, 3 liters, and has a medium char. It even makes the water smell good.
WAIT a Darn Minute! Why not put some of this here malty goodness in that there barrel? It's only 3 liters, and it might be great!

Having gathered a funnel and a clean glass, I gave the barrel a quick swish with some Whiskey to sanitize, and used StarSan on everything else. It seems a bit odd to be filling a barrel with cold and carbonated beer, but I gotta admit that one whiff of that oak and malt, and any odd feelings about the order of things gos away!
Now I don't know if this is going to be inspiration or suck, but either way, you've got to admit that it's a step in the right direction.
I've always been in trouble....my whole life long. Not like Criminal Behavior or anything, but I tend to do things with total abandon for logic and reason. I just do things sometimes for no other reason than "cause I want to!"
This has caused others frustration since the day I decided to put my desk at the front of the class in the first grade....The Teacher didn't want to let me leave it there, but it was soon clear that I'd behave (For the most part) if my desk was beside hers...so I left it there.
I believe that if you're living in the main stream, you're probabaly bored to tears. If you always drive on the right side of the road, or always get the salad instead of the fried cheese, If you only oak traditional beer, you are missing out on what could be great! Get off your butt, put it in 4 wheel drive, and venture off the beaten path before it makes you the beaten one!

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