Back in the day, the Rolling Stones recorded a song called "Time is on my Side," and the first lyrics from the song are "Time is on my side/yes it is." If anything makes me hate the 60's more than I already do, it's the idea that people actually had time on their hands back then. Here in 2012, nobody I know has much free time for anything, including me.
Which brings me to this blog entry. Do I have a lot of wonderful and interesting new things to report. No, sadly, I don't.
I brewed a tripel not too long ago. Where is it? Languishing in the primary fermenter.
I brewed a Four Loko clone shortly after that after that. Where is it? Also still in it's primary fermenter.
James Spencer and I "recently" announced our newest experiment in our BYO/BBR Collaborative series, so I will describe that here.
Our latest experiment seeks to test if conducting a secondary fermentation is worth while. About a decade ago, standard homebrewing advice was to rack your beer to secondary after primary fermentation was finished, to let it settle. More recently, many homebrewers have suggested this is un-necessary and subjects the beer to possible oxidation.
So, our experiment is this. Brew a batch of beer and split the wort into two fermenters (ideally, identical fermenters). Let them ferment. At the end of primary fermentation, rack one of the batches to secondary (preferably to a vessel with little headspace). Leave the other beer be. After both beers have been given time to settle, package both of them at the same time. See the file at Basic Brewing Radio (www.basicbrewing.com) for the data to record -- it's mostly how clear the beer is at various stages. Then, send us your results. (Even if you're late for the podcast deadline, you'll likely be in time for the BYO writeup.)
So that's what I've been up to recently. I'm looking forward to getting those beers kegged and getting a couple more brew days under my belt. All I need is . . . time. Luckily, I've been clearing the decks and hopefully, as The Chambers Brothers sang in 1996, I'll soon be singing "Time has Come Today." Did I ever mention how much I loved the 60's?