I’m making up some of my wheat beer doing a little more of letting the mash set without heat and it is just a bit slower on conversion than having the heat applied but since it doesn’t cost anything but time I’m good with letting the pots sit an extra 15 minutes. I kind of screwed up the wheat porter has low alcohol content. I think it’s because the beer is almost black I screwed up the iodine test. My little taste test before carbonation is promising so I will add a little more time to the mash and make sure all the sugars get converted.
I got a call from the Beer Lady that she had 20 of the green flip top bottles in. I didn’t think I could afford to buy them but Mom gave me my birthday present of $20.00 a little early so I bought the bottles. I like using the flip top bottles because I save on bottle caps and it makes bottling the beer fast and easy. I get the green bottles for a dollar each compared to a $1.75 for a new bottle. I now have five cases each of the flip top bottles and 12 oz. regular bottles. That gives my some extra flexibility on how I bottle. The Beer Lady has another 15 gallon blue food safe barrel that should be ready for pickup next week. Mom wants another barrel for her place. She is on a well but if the power goes out there is no water!
I got to use my wood stove over the weekend. It was the first time lighting the fire in the morning so I could monitor how the stove worked throughout the day. At about 8:30 am I fired up the stove and ran it till about noon and let the fire go out. The wood stove was to hot to touch as late as 5:00 pm and it radiates the heat a long time once the fire brick soaks up the heat. It doesn’t look like the wood I got will burn overnight but that may not be a problem as well insulated as my home is and how long the stove holds the heat. I found an ad for apple wood for $100.00 a cord. At that price I imagine it is green but it’s a great price for a cord of hardwood and if my checks keep coming I could get a start on next year’s wood pile. I have eyeballed the chimney several times to see if the spark arrestor is sooting up and for any smoke and the only thing I see is just a slight heat wave distortion. I can’t see or smell any woodsmoke at all.
I have to say that September was busy and just a little crazy around here but it sure feels good that I got everything ready for winter a little early. Mom got all her heating fuel paid for and delivered so she and Dad are set for winter. Overall I think I’m in good shape to handle any minor little disasters that might come along.