Hell of a Guy

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The “Hell of a Guy IPA” is in bottles.  Now if it will just stay there.

In the home brewing process bottling is a critical stage, from what I hear.  Mostly what I hear is horror stories…bad ones about exploding bottles and beer geysers, and of rancid, nasty tasting end products.  I don’t like horror stories.

The instructions called out for approximately fifty-three bottles of beer from the recipe I made.  I followed the instructions to the letter, insofar as brewing the IPA (India Pale Ale) was concerned.  Everything in the Berkeley Springs Brew House connected with the brewing process was immaculately clean and sanitized.  I even wore latex gloves.  I will be surprised if the beer is spoiled or contaminated in any way, but to be sure I will have The Nancy try it first.

Back to the process: To make a long story endless, my bottling skills need improvement.  For a while I was getting more beer on the floor than in the bottles, but eventually managed to get forty-three bottles of this 5.9% ABV (alcohol by volume) liquid gold, filled and capped.

Oh yeah!  Capping is another skill I lack.  The first couple of attempts ended with caps bent in every direction, but not secured to a bottle.  My first capping near success resulted in a bottle mishap, as about one inch of bottle and cap remained in the capper.  Hmmm!  That particular beer is down the drain now and all evidence of the bottling mishap is neatly cleaned up and stored out of sight.  The filled, capped bottles are nestled in two coolers with the lids secured just in case there is an over abundance of carbonation forming in the tightly secured bottles.  I think the cinder block I placed on top of them should eliminate any large scale revolt.

Now all need be done is wait until the beer is perfected, and that, according to what I have read, will take about two more weeks.  Luckily, I have a vast supply of adult beverages in my beer fridge.  I should be just fine in the interim, so don’t be concerned for my beer consuming welfare, but do keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

And that is all I have to say about that… 

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