Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Temporary Set-Backs

It's been a while since my last update for a variety of reasons.  For one, my health has taken a (hopefully) temporary bad turn and I can't drink any alcohol until I'm better, which will hopefully be soon.  For two, I've had to dump four out of the last five batches I've brewed due to flavor issues, which was quite disheartening, and has left me feeling like maybe I shouldn't be giving advice until I figure out what went wrong.  I'll post a comprehensive analysis of my mistakes very soon, as I've learned an awful lot!  For three, I've been hard at work on a new album; I'm also a musician, working primarily solo in my home studio, and if you're curious, you can find my music at http://cityoftheasleep.bandcamp.com, as well as some older stuff at http://www.cityoftheasleep.com.  This album should be completed in the next two weeks, and then I'll be able to put more time and energy into this blog.

Things I'll be covering in the next few entries:

  • Results of my entries into the homebrew contest at Oakland's "Eat Real Festival"—can my four best gluten-free beers stand up for themselves against the best glutenous homebrew Oakland has to offer?
  • Fusion styles: what happens when we approach naturally-gluten-free bevarages like cider, mead, and sake with a craft beer mindset?
  • Reviews of New Planet, Bard's, and Green's Dark Dubbel
  • Brewing all-grain gluten-free, without malting!
Stay tuned, I should be posting the next new entry early next week!