Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Active Autumn...

I realize it has been a long time since I have posted any new information, but the kitchen brewery has not gone the way of the dodo.  More then brew the kitchen has been canning vegetables and fruits lately, but the fall harvest is catching up.  I've been meaning to try combination of a coffee stout recipe with an oatmeal stout, and I've had an idea for a watermelon wine on my mind as well.  Then there is a pumpkin mead recipe I've been hanging on to for a while.  All this while last weekend at my inlaws house the grapes are ready:

So as of right now, I have some strawberry watermelon must sitting with some campden (sp?) tablets.  I plan on starting that, then getting these grapes ready to go and finally the pumpkin mead.  All hopefully in time for me to get to the Stout, hopefully in time for Christmas.  I may need another carboy and a bigger wine rack to store this stuff.  Once again I'm looking at the debate of plastic vs glass.  The reason I debate is because there is a price difference.  I think the price of the glass is worth it.  

  Many people are going with plastic carboys lately because of the price and the issue of the glass breaking (safety, etc).  I still don't like the idea of something I will consume touching plastic all that time even if it is "food grade".  I've heard micro biologists say it's a bad idea from a bacteria perspective (no one says that about glass).  And from a chemical and environmental perspective I like glass much better.  Read some here for more information: Plastic, not so Fantastic

What's your take on the debate?