it's been over a week since I last posted. I get really annoyed when I do that.
I'll fill that void with a beer update.
I bottled a Pale Ale that may have not have been the real thing. When I brewed it, I used some pale malt as part of a partial mash. The problem is, I didn't label the bag and in hindsight, I don't think it was pale malt at all. In fact, I have no idea what it was. The original gravity (this included 3 lbs DME) was about 1.036. That's kind of low. The final gravity was 1.010. It actually tasted OK when I bottled it. In a couple of weeks I'll know what I got. I do not mind low alcohol beers as long as they have some taste and flavor.
I also racked a oatmeal stout and another batch of my Metathesis pale ale to secondaries. Both are in my garage chilling at 55-50°F. I racked a Anchor Steam clone to a secondary and put that in my basement.
I started a yeast starter tonight to make a Guinness Clone. IMHO, Guinness is the greatest beer EVER. Nothing compares to Guinness. Even the "crap" that gets sold in the USA is better than anything. I've cloned it before. The goal is not to make a perfect match but to get something close that you enjoy. I've done well every time I've cloned it. I'm doing a partial mash Guinness clone tomorrow for the first time. I'm betting it will be good even if it isn't exactly like Guinness.