Friday, March 11, 2011

Banksy and El Dorado IPA

The running is not going very well.  In fact, I think I've gone running twice since I bought new shoes.  Nevertheless, I want to explore another idea that will never come into fruition, creating my own street art.  Recently, I saw Exit through the Gift Shop, a Banksy film that centers around street artist Thierry Guetta a.k.a. Mr. Brainwash.  For those that don't know, Banksy and others use stencils to spraypaint images onto buildings as well as using huge photocopies of art work and gluing those onto the side of buildings.  One of the most iconic images is the first Obey image, a close up of Andre the Giant.  Obey, began by Shepherd Fairy in 1989, has turned into a million dollar company.  Many people don their clothing.  I see it everywhere now that I have seen that movie.  The influence of street art is prevalent in society, but many are not cognizant of its roots.  The stenciling idea seems fairly simple and I have a can of plastic spray paint so I wanted to try it out. 

The next step might be to stencil beer labels onto my bottles.  I would need the right paint.  Maybe a disc golf stencil for my El Dorado IPA.  First, I am going to stencil my worm composter because it is plastic.  I want to steal one of Banksy's designs, do a caricature of someone like Bukowski or maybe myself, or just spraypaint the word "worms" in a unique way. 

I have kegged my El Do IPA.  In fact, I shook it up last night to pressure carbonate and stuck it in the fridge.  I still have a pint of Blonde Ale left in the keg (hyperbole).  I have 1/2 to a 1/3 of a keg of my Brown Belgian Trappey.  I have two untouched kegs of Black Belgian where I forgot to put in the extra sugar.  I should have added the extra sugar by pulling out beer from the primary, boiling it, adding sugar, and pouring it into the secondary.  There would have beeen enough yeast to remedy my initial error of forgetting the extra sugar.  I have six kegs with beer in them and a carboy that has Brown Belgian Trappey with White Labs Lambic Mix and dregs of a Duchesse de Bourgonne bottle.