Additional Reviews of Chuck’s Wares

While cleaning out my email tonight, I noted an email from Chuck back in November of 2012. I realized two things: 1) I need to clean out my email more regularly; 2) I forgot to review a couple of Chuck’s creations! He had sent me away in December with a beer he described as “a boring lager” and a bottle of some red wine that he had made. He wanted me to let him know what I thought. Whoops! Better late than never!

The wine was quite good. Most kit wines taste too sweet to me–like Boone’s Farm. This red wine was sweet, but not sickeningly so. I’d drink another bottle.

The “boring lager’ was aptly named. Ha!

As you can see, I drank them both to the last drop.

The not-too-sweet red wine and the boring lager

The not-too-sweet red wine and the boring lager

I’m excited to say that Chuck invited me over to do a compilation brew soon. Chuck said we can call it MCC Ale (Melonie Chuck Collaboration Ale). It’s lady’s choice, so I decided I want to brew a Märzen, otherwise known as Oktoberfest. I chose this style because I like the malty taste of Oktoberfest, it’s traditionally brewed in March (März is German for March), and requires fermentation with lager yeast. I’ve never used a lager yeast because I refuse to keep my apartment at 50 degrees. After I see Chuck’s amazing setup in action–which includes a fridge just for fermenting lagers–I might need to add to my birthday wishlist!

Look for future blog posts about MCC Ale in the future. Actually, this beer is technically a lager. MCC Lager just doesn’t sound as fun. Rats! What do you think it should be named?

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