Dry Hopped Strong Ale Interesting Developments

Ok I'm finding this whole experience frustrating and enlightening at the same time. I gave it some thought the other day. I should have taken some pictures too...oh well. When I pour a sample of this into a glass I can see little pieces of stuff floating around. Most of it is little lupulin glands that haven't dissolved...that's right haven't dissolved yet. Hmmm....maybe the flavors I'm getting are more vegetable like from the petals of the hop cone. But why?

Well, the first thing I did after I racked the beer onto the fresh hops was refrigerate. I think that was a mistake. The cold temperatures slow down the process of dissolving the lupilin into the beer. So, the night before last I decided to pull the keg out of the refrigerator and let it warm up for a few days. Last night I tasted it and well it actually tasted better! Or at least I think it did. I'll have to continue tasting it to make sure (seriously). Of course temperature makes a difference too, so I'm not really sure what I was or wasn't tasting. Only time will tell.

So I'm still confused, but, now I'm hopeful. In the end its these experiences/mistakes that will give me confidence down the road. Reminds me of some inspiration words from Tolstoy's War and Piece...er Batman Begins ;-)

Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed.
Alfred: Why do we fall, Master Wayne? So that we can learn
to pick ourselves up.
Bruce: You still haven't given up on me, have you?
Alfred: Never.

I'll taste again tonight and report back.


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