Okay, so it's time to bottle then. I was already behind the curve because I had forgotten to sanitize my bottles overnight, so that took a hour in the dishwasher. Time to prep the bottling bucket, bottling wander, etc. Except I had no sanitizer. Frak. As much as I hated to do it, I used bleach. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know.
|Forty-Eight Glorious Bottles of "The Monster"|
Okay, everything cleaned and sanitized. Time to bottle. Twelve bottles, twenty-four, thirty-six, forty-eight, fifty. Time to cap. Twelve, twenty-four, thirty-six, forty-eight, fifty. Sweet! Wait, crap, I forgot to take a final reading with the hydrometer. Again. I haven't remembered to measure a single one of my beers. Oh well, no big deal. What's a few ABV among friends?
Time to clean up. Wash this, clean that, put the other way. Counters, floors, bath tub, buckets, fermenter, lids, tools. Wait, why is my big stirring spoon in the clean pile, I didn't wash it yet. Wait, it's clean. Wait, I didn't stir with it. Wait. PRIMING SUGAR!!!!!
|On the right, a glass of beer. On the left, the priming sugar that should be in said beer.|
Time to order some Cooper's Carbonation Drops. Again, not optimal, but I want to save this beer if I can. Open the laptop. Open RockMelt. Type in "www.midwestsupplies.com". Click "Brewing Ingredients". Click "Corn Sugar/Carbonation Drops". Click "Cooper's Carbonation Drops". OUT OF STOCK. At least Amazon has them in stock, and with Prime Shipping too! One of only two wins today.
The other win? Well, I wish the beer had a more pronounced flavor, but based upon taste - and feel - I think we're up around 7% ABV. It's malty with a nice hoppy backbone and definitely is an improvement from my first two beers, especially since it's a derivative beer from the American Strong Ale. And what about the name, well, this one is now officially "The Closet Monster".