Homebrewer with a baby, again!

I know it seems like we haven’t been brewing a lot this year. Especially since I’ve been fairly lax at updating the Beer Roster. (Hint: it’s updated now!)

But we have been brewing! (After all, we are BeerCat Brewing…)

And just recently, we had another of those “Homebrewer with a baby” moments about which I have to tell you.

Remember the Surly Furious? The beer with 8.5 ounces of dry hops?

Remember how much trouble we had bottling this beer last year?

Well, this is what it looked like on bottling night this year:


Which is a lot like what it looked like last year. When we had all those issues.

So we debated and brainstormed and theorized the best way to get the beer off the hops without losing all of the hoppy (and expensive) goodness. And we came up with the perfect solution!

The new thing with kids is to use a mesh feeder to introduce them to new foods without letting them choke to death. (A good trend, no?)


Well we figured that the mesh tip would be a perfect way to filter the hop detritus out of the beer.


The DreadBrewer and I were toasting our genius with congratulatory glasses of homebrew when, about 2 minutes into a 10 minute process, the racking cane became impossibly clogged.


Back to the drawing board. Maybe next time we brew the Surly Furious we’ll figure out the whole dry-hopping versus too-many-hops conundrum.

One thought on “Homebrewer with a baby, again!

  1. Did you top rack it? I do this with high-detritus ciders and fruit meads all the time. I hold the racking cane about 2 inches below the surface and just lower it as the level drops. I mostly dry hop, so don’t know about that specific detritus, but most of what I have (things like ginger, cranberry skins, etc) either sink to the bottom or float. The suspended solids are usually not big enough to clog.

    Another option is to actually sanitize a rubberband and some cheesecloth, and then strap the cheesecloth to the bottom of the racking cane as a pre-filter, then you could probably drop it right into the bottom. Most likely, it’ll still clog eventually, but some slow stirring will probably clear it. Since you’re racking with a filter, gently stirring up the lees a bit shouldn’t be too much of a problem, since you’re filtering most of it out.

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