The Experiment Begins

12/13/2009 3 comments

For the past two days I’ve been contemplating my own local flair to add to the Imperial Porter that we will be brewing for the Cross Country Homebrew Experiment and I was getting quite excited.  I ran about 3 or 4 idea’s past some friends of mine to see what they recommended and most of them gravitated towards the same one (which was my favorite too!).

Now the collaborators have mostly been on Google wave talking about ideas, recipes, additives and what not.  Some are pretty of secretive of what they have up their sleeves, but as the resident newbie I’ve been asking questions and trying to collect ideas.  Some of my idea’s were not too creative (vanilla coffee imperial porter, anybody heard of Victory at Sea?), some that were passed down to me by great brewers just don’t entice me (Ancho Chile Imperial Porter) and one has already been picked by one of the other collaborators.

This is where I think the experiment kind of took a funny twist.  There are two of us from Southern California and both of us were planning on brewing with the same ingredients for our local flair!  I don’t want to say what it is since I’m not sure if newbrewthursday really wants me to reveal his EPIC homebrew!  So, as the one with the least experience I bowed out of using these ingredients.  Which is fine, I’d much rather try their version than mine!  But it leaves me in a predicament of trying to come up with a new and fresh idea!  Not great for an uncreative dumbass as myself!

As stated by one of the other collaborators after I brought this funny situation up…  Let the experiment begin!

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In the month of January a small group of home brewers will be brewing the same beer from all over the country, from east to west coast.  Some of you may be thinking who are these crazy home brewers and what are they doing?  Well the answer to that question is fairly simple. We are beer bloggers and beer lovers from all over the country, period. We love beer, we love to taste beer, we love to brew beer, we love to bathe in errrr…. never mind. Anyway you get the point. Read more…

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