Decided to put those bottle caps to use and, when it was time to bottle my Chocolate Stout this weekend, I put a couple of capped bottles into the mix. The label is still in the works, but it's coming together nicely. Initial impressions of the non-carbonated stuff was that it needs more chocolate and possibly some more body...and yes, I already know what I want to do to tweak it. Overall though, I think it still is going to be a good beer - just not quite what I was shooting for. 8.1% ABV, if you were wondering.
I also racked the latest round of experimental beers into secondary and this one tasted AWESOME! It's currently sitting at 1.020, and I'm hoping it drops another 5 or 6 points, but the airlock has been a bit inactive, so we shall see.
To top things off, I ended up getting the green light to add more greenery to the back yard. In addition to some more raspberries and blueberries, 4 more hops plants are being added. They'll stay in the pots for a bit because I need to fix up the permanent home, but a Northern Brewer, Crystal, Sterling, and Nugget start have joined my current assortment of Newport, Willamette, Mt. Hood, starts and a Cascade that is in its first full year.
Up next on the brew schedule? A belgian dubble and then I think either round 2 of the chocolate stout and possibly a full production version of one of the experimentals depending on how they turn out. huh...should probably make a list...