imperial stout bottling, big bear lake
last week I finally managed to find some time to bottle/keg the imperial stout I has put together a while back.
- primary fermentation appeared active for a month after pitching the WLP001 starter, and after visible fermentation tapered off I left the beer in primary for another six weeks. the beer had an FG of 1.02 for an abv of 9.1%, and the sample I tasted was rich and malty, with a great roasted malt finish. it will be interesting to see if the carbonation brings out any of the homegrown hops I tossed in there…
also, last weekend I accompanied the APs, the MLs, and HL up to big bear lake for a long weekend of (man-made) snow and relaxation.
- after a surprisingly great day on the slopes, we cruised by big bear mountain brewery. the only thing that had changed since our last visit was their beer lineup – a decent pils and dopplebock had transformed into a honey blonde and chocolate porter (the latter of which I believe is contract brewed). despite the mediocre beer and service, the atmosphere was comfortable and very local, and was a great setting in which to pour some pitchers and eat a tray full of miscellaneous fried veggies.
- the next night things picked up a little at nottingham’s tavern, where pitchers of mission’s shipwrecked DIPA accompanied decent food, a passionate cover band experience, and some shuffleboard.
- I also managed to stow away some choice beers for the trip, and cracked open specialties like an ’08 drie fonteinen oude geuze, an ’08 brown shugga, an ’08 bourbon county stout, and an ’05 pannepot grand reserva while relaxing back at the cabin. it’s a rough life!