Last weekend, the old lady helped me whip up a batch of Bitch Hunter. Well, we made a Witbier, anyway. Yesterday, I added the raspberry puree and moved things into another carboy. Today, I noticed a secondary fermentation has started off. The oddest thing that’s happening is that instead of a thick, fluffy head, what I’m seeing is a bit thinner, a bit denser and appears to be lifting off of the liquid beneath it. You’ll see it in the pictures. The stuff has a good purplish hue to it but the wife is worried it won’t be quite berry-ish enough. Never fear, we have a small bottle of raspberry extract I think I’m going to add to small percentage of the batch during bottling. Some will be more potent than others.
The only thing left to do in the next two weeks is drink the other 30 bottles I need to rack this batch. But that’s OK, Rose’s homecoming is in a couple of weeks and I’m sure I’ll have help emptying some bottles.
I went ahead and took tomorrow off of work to burn through some ridiculous vacation time I’ve squirreled away. I’ve decided it’s finally time to try my hand at a little more complicated brew. Truly, it’s probably not that complicated. But it’s not in the playbook, dammit, and that’s difficult enough for me. Maybe this is why cooking has always seemed so daunting a thing for me: math and science are based on a series of knowns and proofs that if I do something a particular way than the results are guaranteed or at least predictable. If you deviate from your math book… good luck, asshole.
And so for my next trick I will be stealing a recipe from the fine folks at Man Cave Brewing in order to make my wife happy. Beer’s not really her swag unless there is a copious amount of fruit involved so I’ve decided I’m going with a fruity little beer that I’ve tried (and enjoyed) that the folks call Bitch Hunter. Apparently it’s still mostly a kit beer with a few modifications that seem sort of last minute. The Man Cave recipe (which I’m sure they won’t care that I divulge) is just:
- A Brewer’s Best Witbier kit
- A 3+ pound can of raspberry puree
- Additional light candy sugar
I was able to find all that I required at my local boutique and even found an additional container of raspberry extract that is so strong it pierces its sealed container. I’m not sure if it will be required, but it seemed a simple thing to include.
Let’s see how tomorrow goes, bitch.