So I had a brewing friend over to make a 2 batches of beer last Sunday, an Imperial White Ale and an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
He arrived around five o'clock with a silly red ceramic pot to boil his wort in (it was ridiculously small when compared to my stainless steel pot), which I quickly made fun of.
This was the plan:
-I was to make an amped up version of my white ale (non-traditional, not a wit-ale made with wheat). It was intended to be a lite beer with around 7.3% alcohol by volume (my original recipe landed somewhere around 4.5% and was wicked good!), not too heavy on the hops and with a hint of citrus flavors. *Everything fit in my beautiful stainless steel pot with room to spare!*
-My buddy was going to make an Imperial Oatmeal Stout - TOTALLY NEW TO BOTH OF US - which we hope to be very heavy in body, with a good deal of hoppiness, and with a desirably creamy texture. *All of the ingredients for this beer barely squeezed into the dumb red pot*
After kicking things off and finally getting our worts to a boil, we went into the living room to watch some TV and kick back a few. We keep alternating to check on the brews and ensure no over-boiling, when about 30 mins in (and about 6 beers deep) it was my turn...
...I head into the kitchen and check my white ale - looks great! I give it a stir and replace the lid...
...Looking down at the stupid red ceramic pot I am overwhelmed with a bad premonition. I remove the lid and find a black, viscous goo boiling away (like tar). I lean in to give it a stir and *pop* a bubble explodes in my face and burns the skin right off of my forehead!
Well, I quickly turn the temperature down and polish off a few more to dull the pain. My buddy and I successfully fill out fermenters without anymore painful woe and I pass out.
So yesterday I woke with the most ridiculous pain on my forehead. I text my buddy to remind him of how dumb his tiny red pot is, and he suggested I share my story in a blog.
HOPE YOU ENJOY - Here's a picture of my wounds lol.
Keep posted for updates on the two beers and possible recipes!