First off, when your friend (hey Katy!) rolls up, don’t have your newest batch of WeissGuy hefeweizen sitting on the counter in all its tepid glory. Even though it’s officially one week away from drinkability, I thought I would crack one. Mostly because of the recent beer shortage, brought on by an exploding batch of Roundhouse Pale Ale.
I sipped on her for awhile, but she didn’t treat me right. Let’s say I won’t be asking her on a date again. Let’s hope another week or two works some magic on this hefeweizen. I have a sneaking suspicion that using plastic buckets for fermentation is going to bite us big time with these last few batches.
If you REALLY don’t want to impress your friend with your brewing prowess, serve her a Redcoat Bitter/Geyser. I popped the cap off of one and it started spewing foam like Mt. St. Helens. “Okay,” I thought. “No big deal. I’ll just get another one. She’ll be understanding.” I decided to pour this second bitter into a glass to prevent the carbonation from being squeezed up and out of a little glass neck. Smart in theory. Unfortunately, I ended up pouring an entire mug-full of foam.
It almost makes it worse that after the dust settled the beer actually tasted pretty durn good. Here’s hoping glass carboys are the antidote.