OH man I do love October Festes! I've always loved a malty amber ale that goes down smooth and is packed with flavor. A perfect pairing with wings, which if you were to give me one last meal as I a wait a be heading for shagging the kings lady I would have to go with some meaty BBQ wings and a picture of malty creamy amber ale. Buffalo Wild Wings actually paired up with Red Hook Brewing Company and made the perfect beer for wings called The Game Changer, a Octoberfest esc beer.
So what I did was go on More Beer and found a Octoberfest kit and downloaded their ingredients list. Since I already had some hops and yeast I just tried to buy the different types of grains and I bought some Mt. Hood hops and some Whirlfloc tablets. I couldn't get the exact grains, so I substituted with very similar grains like the carared and the crystal malt 40L.
Now the most ballsiest thing of done so far is say fuck it to something bad that happened. My thermoter I got from the orginal kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop popped in the mash around minute 70. LOL, the red seeped into the wort and I was freaking out! I called my dad and he was like, just chuck it it's not worth mercury posining. However, I did not waste all that grain and time, just becuase I "might" get sick from a little bit of mercury.
I continued with the mash and into the boil, I was so worried about weither to chuck it or not I totally forgot to take any gravity readings. I made up my mind that I would write the Broklyn Brew Shop and ask exactly what would happen if I contiued to brew the batch. They wrote back after a couple of days and assured me that it was just made of alchole and red dye, so I finally relaxed and called it good.