Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Fat Tire Clone #3 bottled

I finally got my Fat Tire Clone #3 in bottles. It tasted much better than my first two attempts. I hope it conditions well. I will know in about 2 weeks.

I made a "discovery" of sorts: a 22 oz bottle holds more than a 12 oz bottle, and the larger volume means fewer bottles. OK, I know. It's nothing an average moron couldn't have figured out, but I never considered using larger bottles.

Well, now I do. I do this for two reasons.

#1 22 ounces is larger than 12 ounces and there are fewer bottles to fill.
#2 One method to acquire 22 oz bottles is to drink really good beer. There are a lot of good craft beers that are sold in 22 oz sizes. One brand is Rogue Beer. They make some very good beer and in a lot of styles. Emptying their 22 oz bottles is a rather satisfying experience (especially the Younger's Special Bitter) The only problem with using their bottles is the label is printed directly onto the bottle. I'm going to see what a little dichloromethane does to it. If the DCM doesn't take it off, then it wasn't meant to be removed.

4 comments:

Matt Jenks said...

You could always try the magic concoction of 90% DCM, 9% MeOH and 1% NH4OH. And then sonicate the whole thing.

Chemgeek said...

It's worth a try. I'll have to wait until the beer is out of them. I'm not sure what a sonicated full bottle..of...beer.... hmmmmmmmm. I think I have an idea ;)

Matt Jenks said...

Oh, by the way, I forgot to add: Let me put on my so-sorry-for-you face for just HAVING to drink all those Rogue beers out of the 22 oz bottles. :-D

Anonymous said...

When I buy a Fat Tire 22oz (aka "bomber") I mentally deduct $1 from the retail price because that is what it would cost to purchase the bottle at the local homebrew store.