Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Foaming Head - Epilogue

Bit of a pisser, this: The Stout has gone flat.

The first little bit still comes out of the tap under its own steam, but then it stops and glugs out at a snails pace, presumably filling the barrel with that nasty air stuff. It then proceeds to sit there in the glass looking lifeless and a bit unappealing. It still tastes okay, but it's just not the same any more.

I still have around a gallon of the stuff left, so I cast around on Google for solutions, which turn out to be:
  1. Fit some complicated carbonation apparatus to the barrel.
    God knows how much that'd cost and no good at this stage anyway.
  2. Serve the stout from a soda syphon.
    These appear to cost fifty quid. Why?
  3. Mix the stout with some sparkling mineral water.
    Two litres of which costs about 20p a bottle.
So there you have it, I'm effectively drinking shandy. Quite shocking behaviour (and I'm sure fur q will back me up here) for a sometime Special Brew fanatic such as myself.

Of course, the proper course of action is to finish the next barrel quicker.

Damn, it's a hard life.

7 Comments:

At 5:24 pm, Blogger wayland2002 said...

Looks like you should have left a bit more yeast in the barrel.

You can repressurise(?) the barrel by adding CO2 to it. If you go to your local home brew shop you should be able to get a new cap for your barrel thats got an attachment on it that you put a sparklets bulb into and this adds CO2 as you pour the beer. It will probably cost about £10.

 
At 6:42 pm, Blogger 01-811-8055 said...

Cheers for the tips.

Actually, thinking about it, the barrel is outside at the moment. Do you reckon moving it back into the warm might re-invigorate it?

 
At 8:35 pm, Blogger wayland2002 said...

Its been a bit cold recently, that could have stopped the yeast so warming it up a bit might kick start it.

 
At 9:18 am, Blogger Fur Q said...

How the mighty have fallen...I always had you down as a Kestrel Super kind of fella....

Wayland's tip about the sparklet's bulb is spot on - I used to have the same problem with home brewed bitter until fitting one of the little blighters....and it really makes the beer piss out of the tap at a fantastic rate!

 
At 1:45 pm, Blogger 01-811-8055 said...

Kestrel. Jesus, I did as well, didn't I? Then there were1 the "Well give us two bottles and a pint glass, then" incidents...

I think I'll be getting me a sparklet thing this week though. Just enough time for another brew before christmas.

 
At 1:21 pm, Blogger Fur Q said...

Good show. Let me know when it's ready and you might get a visitation!

 
At 5:03 pm, Blogger 01-811-8055 said...

Bringing it back indoors for a few days seems to have done the trick.

 

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