One of the hardest things a home brewer has to endure is the lagering process. Yes, there are methods to speed up the process and accelerated schedules but I am a traditionalist. Everything I do takes way to long and is over complicated. Thats just how I roll.
So I'm two weeks in to lagering my Czech premium lager and of course I can't stand it any longer, so I pulled about a liter and force carbonated it in a PET bottle at 30 psi.. I used a stainless steel carbonating cap I got from Brewhardware because they are awesome and have all the cool gadgets you need to feed your brewing obsession.
I gently rocked the bottle back and forth for 7 or 8 minutes and called it good. It poured with a nice foamy white head that lasted forever and was very clear. The aroma was appropriate for the style, rich and bready with a medium spicy / floral hop character but a little underwhelming due to the fact, I think, that it was slightly undercarbonated.
The flavor was spot on with no obvious flaws. For you Chicago natives think a fresher premium version of Old Style with more body, flavor, and alcohol.
Any way, I can't wait for this to finish. 4 more weeks I'm guessing then about a month of yummy deliciousness.