Aging is Amazing

After the not-so-hot first review of my blonde ale, I let the remaining beer carbonate for an additional week in my closet before being refrigerated. There are not any pictures because the color and clarity are unchanged after additional carbonation. What did change was the sweetness. The extra week allowed the yeast time to ferment the remaining sugars that make the beer overly sweet before. The new flavor profile resembles the American blonde ales I am accustomed to. The result of this extra time also created a highly carbonated brew. Thinking back on my brewing process, the fermentation time was the minimum 7 days, so I expect that my impatience resulted in an incomplete fermentation, which passed unfermented sugars on to the carbonation phase. Coupled with the granulated sugar I added for carbonation, the sugar content made the beer overly sweet when i opened one bottle before carbonation finished and overly carbonated after adequate carbonation time. Overall, this first batch taught...
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Quinoa: it’s what’s for dinner + fresh beer

Don't get me wrong, I like quinoa, but the choices I find are usually limited to a salad with beans, corn, tomatoes, a tangy sauce and a couple unique ingredients. I felt that this season warranted a slightly heavier version of my usual quinoa-based meal. I found a recipe for stuffed poblano peppers with quinoa and chipotle sauce  and decided this is for me. I'm in general a fan of stuffed peppers because they provide an edible container for a whole meal, and are often simple to prepare. The only difficulty I had with the recipe was finding fresh poblano peppers, but Whole Foods came through after 2 other grocery stores. As for the meal itself, I don't think the pictures above do it justice. The meal was hearty with the addition of the pepper and 8oz of goat cheese on top and mixed in the filling. I was easily expecting to eat 2 peppers, but 1 filled me up with the addition of...
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The Beer is Almost Here

My first real post will be about the beer making I am experimenting with. I purchased a Mr. Beer kit as an easy, affordable first step in home brewing after a good amount of research. The instructions are simple and each kit makes about 2 gallons of unfiltered beer. The process is simple: dissolve the booster (corn syrup) into hot water, then stir in the hopped malt extract to create the wort. Pour the mixture and the yeast into the fermenter, then stir after sitting for 5 minutes. Doesn't get much simpler than that. Below are some blurrycam pics of the this first batch, a yet unnamed blonde ale. Now it's just a waiting game as the yeast converts the sugars in the wort to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Being my first batch, I was impatient and only let the beer ferment for 8 days, the low end of the recommended range. The kit includes 8 1-liter dark plastic bottles. Using the...
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