My Original plans for today were to get on the bus to Dublin and go to the Bull and Castle for the first time, however since Ireland was to play England (Rugby) in Croke park it meant not only that Buses hard to come by but hotels were packed in the area too.
So I decided to wait till tomorrow for the Bull and Castle. I still needed to go to Dublin to bring my wife in for something and see some family so I drove in. I had some time to kill so I started bottling my Wheat beer. This took a little more time than I had hoped so I was 15 minutes or so late in getting my wife to where she needed to go but since they left her waiting the last time, I felt it was Karma.
I was planning on doing all bottles this time but I got sick of sanitising bottles so I decided two mini kegs would lighten the load and also means fresh beer on tap. So I got two mini kegs with about 5 Litres in each and 21 bottles (500ml).
When I took a sniff before I bottled, my nostril hairs burned. It does not exactly smell like a wheat beer nor does it taste like any wheat beer I have had, but it certainly does taste like beer.
Im afraid I did not do very well in bottling due to the time pressure I was under. I ended up transferring my beer from the fermenter into my bottling bucket, before preparing my priming sugar solution for conditioning. So I quickly boiled some sugar in water, and the amount of sugar was a wild guess. I'm going for a higher carbonation as it is a wheat beer so what was supposed to be about 200g (guess on my part of what would be needed) of glucose became confused when i emptied the remains of an older bag in first and realised I had not reset the scales so I just guessed the rest. I brought it to 209g on the scales and perhaps 50 - 70g that I had put on before I set it to zero. So I will have an interesting result I'm sure. Not only did I not measure my primer correctly, I also did not get to mix it properly. With luck it will actually turn out ok and I hope I do not have to much sugar and blow my kegs.
Next week I should have my supplies from hop and grape so I can start my more complicated beer experiment.
Im sure I will have an update of how I got on at the Bull and Castle tomorrow.