Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Slimey and Yucky....just the way I like my pellicle

Here's those pellicle pics I promised you. How could something that looks so gross aid in the production of something that tastes so good you ask...well that gross yucky stuff actually protects the beer from O2 during the aging process. I've become kind of fascinated with watching the production of these pellicles. They seem to start to form in a fractal-like manner before they grow into a chaotic, protective mess that looks very unappealing unless you know how it is helping the beer along. I love my pellicles like Cher loved Eric Stoltz in the 1985 movie Mask.

3 comments: said...

Are those pictures of your beer or did you steal them from NASA's Mars Rover??? Come on . . . fess up!

Anonymous said...

And when the doctor tells your pellicle that it only has six months to live, tell him/her, "If I'd dug his grave every time one of you geniuses said he was going to die, I'd be eating chop suey in F------ China by now."
Or some paraphrase thereof.

Those are pretty sweet.

Brichards700 said...

Ha, you guys kill me. It's actually the beer I was hoping I could have ready sometime before we have to evacuate and head to mars. I hope it's done by then.