Tiny Red Beer Sweater

Yes, another tiny beer sweater.  Obviously, this one is red (and awesome).  But, I finally managed to take a picture of one actually on a beer bottle.  So now you can see the desired effect, which I think is pretty silly and cute!  This beer sweater is for my grandpa.

In other beer news, we have started making the batch of beer that will go along with the tiny beer sweaters for Christmas.  It is a Bass Ale Clone and I think that it will be really good.  It’s still fermenting right now, but it should be bottled soon.  This was an exciting batch of beer to make because it was the first time we used a wort chiller!  Check it out:

While making the beer, it generally boils for a while on the stove (giving us a substance called wort).  It then must be chilled as quickly as possible to below 80 degrees F.  (A difference of about 130 degrees from boiling.)  This turns out to take a surprisingly long time just dunking the pot into ice water – close to 2 hours sometimes.  So Tim decided to make a wort chiller.  It is basically a length of copper tubing bent into a coil and attached to the faucet.  This cooled our wort from boiling to 76 degrees in about 15 minutes.  It was the most awesome thing I’ve seen in  along time!  Yay for efficiency nerds!

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