In remembrance of beers lost AND the coolest thing on YouTube (not involving leprechauns)
Two completely unrelated topics (aside from the fact that they're both about beer) that I just had to post about...
FIRST: My buddy Kevin over at Noble Square Brewing shared a tragic story about five gallons of Bockbier which he lost while force-carbonating a keg. Turns out there was some leak in the keg, and as a result the CO2 didn't push bubbles into the beer... it pushed beer out of the keg and on to the floor. The funny (by which I mean sad) thing is that I had the same thing happen to me almost three years ago. This got me thinking... How many gallons of beer have I sacrificed on the way to becoming the brewer that I am today?
By my count, it's fifteen gallons. Five gallons of Kölsch-style ale which died the same noble death as did Kevin's Bockbier (a bad poppet, for the record; now I always keep a cobra tap on any keg I'm carbonating). Next I lost five gallons of American Red/Amber Ale (tentatively named "Red Line Ale") that is the only batch I've lost to poor brewing technique--I believe I fermented at too high of a temperature, leaving a nasty Band-aid phenolic flavor. Finally, I lost five gallons of Irish Red Ale (something about the Reds, I suppose) in the Great Wort Chiller Incident of 2008.
Overall, I guess fifteen gallons lost out of roughly 275 gallons brewed isn't too bad. But I'll tell you what, at the time I wasn't too happy about losing any of those batches.
SECOND: Via Ron Pattinson's blog, behold the coolest non-leprechaun-related* video ever uploaded to YouTube:
*If you don't know what I mean by "non-leprechaun-related," go to this post and scroll to the bottom.