Yesterday, I opened the “tester” bottle of Yooper’s Oatmeal Stout (the plain version). I bottled it 12 days previous, so this was basically a carbonation test and to see where things are. Obviously, the carb is going to develope more…I know, because I used too much priming sugar at bottling and it’s undercarbed currently…and no head, to speak of. There may be a little “twang” in the flavor. Otherwise, I think it’s pretty solid and I think another 3 or 4 weeks and it should be much better. Mouthfeel and body are very good …nice aroma.
Cider batch #3 has been bubbling today at 13 second intervals. So, it has slowed slightly, but still on track. Meanwhile, my test bottle of the Fawlty Brown Ale (flip-top) has been in the bottle for 10 days, so I stuck it in the refrigerator this morning. There may be some stuff floating at the top…nothing major, but I’ll tip out the first half ounce and the carefully pour into a glass. I was hoping to try it tonight, but it just got too late and I wanted my wife to be there for the first opening and she’s coming back late from a business trip, so I guess it will have to wait until tomorrow! By the way, Facebook friends have given a thumbs up to the label. Still no comment from John Cleese.