Float is that portion of your kegs that are out in the market. Generally, the number of kegs you need for every tap handle you want to support is somewhere around three or four.
So a couple weeks ago, as I detailed in my previous blog entry, I brewed a tripel. Last weekend, I brewed a quad . . . of sorts. OK, in reality, it was a clone of Four Loko. Yes, the sweet, obnoxiously artificially flavored “malternative” beverage that also contained caffeine, taurine and guanine until it got banned and the company changed the formula.
A great question at this point might be, why the hell would you do such a thing? It’s a long story, but it starts -- where many very, very bad ideas (bacon Randall anyone?) start -- at a ZEALOTS meeting. (The Austin ZEALOTS are my local homebrew club.)
I was talking with a couple fellow ZEALOTS, Dave Ebel and Joe White, and we were wondering if it would be possible to make something like that at home, hypothetically. After discussing it awhile and realizing the technical challenges it would entail, we decided to actually give it a shot. It was a little like seeing a mountain -- we wanted to try it because of the technical challenge. So, in short, making a Four Loko clone became our Everest . . . or, as a friend of mine put it, our horizontal Everest....
The joys of fatherhood far outweigh the drawbacks but, man; sometimes kids get in the way of the simplest errand!
Brewday was scheduled and I couldn’t miss it. Actually, in my house, it’s brew night. With an inquisitive four-year-old and a toddling one-year-old, brewing at night is not only a lot easier, it’s really my only option. Plus, because my wife works restaurant hours, finding time to brew can be challenging. I have to identify my brewing windows early and hope that nothing comes up.
So, having settled on a recipe for my hefeweizen (as I discussed in my last post) I was eager to get brewing. But, I didn’t have my ingredients yet, night was closing in and Princeton Home Brew was just plain closing, in about an hour.
How did this happen? Didn’t I just wake up? Let’s recap the day: kids woke up way too early, wife left for the brunch shift. The rest of us stumbled downstairs to get their breakfast and my coffee. Then it was back to bed for a nap for the little one – dude sleeps as much as his dad wishes he could – which kept me homebound for a couple hours. Next, lunch followed by a walk and some quality play time before yet another nap. Before I knew it, it was 4:30, I was planning dinner – and I still hadn’t made it to the store!...
I brewed a Belgian-style tripel on Friday and had a great time for at least three reasons: 1.) My friend Dan Dewberry came over and brewed with me. 2.) This was my first brewday of 2012 and 3.) Everything went extremely well.