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Ziactrice
Forty-something chemical engineer in Houston who loves books of many sorts, science fiction of the hard variety, and pursues a Drunken Wanderer path of interests and hobbies. Of a generally friendly deportment, excepting most notably in the toleration of fools department. Friend (read) if you want, or not, as you like. My sentimentality is covered by a relatively thick skin, and I am not offended if my particular brand of self-sufficient geekery is not to someone's taste.

Er, I also don't like being talked down to, or having major kerfluffles with people by electronic means, or really any other including face-to-face. If you don't enjoy intelligent discourse and a keen sense of not being a doormat from a woman, I advise reading elsewhere.

Current projects underway:

Liquor Aging - Not brewing persay, but all the leftover bits and undrinkable whiskey has been combined into the oak cask, following unto the chocolate mead. I am hoping it will impart at least some fragrance to the mix. After emptying seven partials, including one almost full and the Bowmore, etc. - too harsh. I bought and added a large bottle of Bushmill's - cask still not quite full! Geez. Will add more as soon as I can, to fill the air space remaining.

Brewing:

January, 2010 - One gallon batches of ginger with orange peel (1 cup small dice crystalized, with 2 ounce organic orang peel zest only), purchased apple cider, cranberry (1#, fresh), and a triple berry meads started with 10 minute boils cooled to pitch champage yeast. Slow cool on the cranberry, fast cool on everything else. The apple cider was not boiled, just pitched immediately into the store bottle.

Chocolate great mead 2.5 years in the making of the first batch -
Planning to start a new 5 gallon at Brewer's Guild this Friday. The only problem will be how to transport it back from car to house; forty pounds of sloshy liquid is quite a load for me.

January, 2010 - Racked to bottles after 5 months oak cask aging. Flavor vastly improved, still ultra-sweet but now rounder and smoother. Viscosity extremely high; pours slightly more viscous than a low-grade maple syrup. Two liters and one 10 ounce final volume. Honey used will not matter for this mead; the chocolate flavor obliterates any subtle honey notes. 1:1 might be too high a water:honey volumetric ration.

October, 2009 - Second racking completed. No discernible fermenting still on-going. Taste is very ultra-sweet, just about 10-20% too sweet for my taste. SCA folks like it although even they said it didn't have to be quite that sweet. The chocolate smell is incredibly strong and rounded, but the alcohol is still a touch rough-edged. I transferred it into my oak cask; it will be the second batch through the wood. It is still fermenting if very slowly - some slight leakage through the bung indicates building pressurization by off-gassing, but so little I think I can leave it in the wood safely. I'm going to taste it again after a week. I think a week or two will serve to round the flavor by oak enough. Then I need to figure out how to stop fermentation, and rack it into bottles. I don't really want to use a chemical kill on the yeast, so I might just completely refrigerator to keep it too cold to ferment. That is only a hibernation on the yeast, and the fridge has limited space, but for this mead, I'm willing to go to the trouble.

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