Archive for August, 2007

A lament for my secondary fermenters

Monday, August 27th, 2007

After reading a few brewing articles and listing to a bajillion podcasts about secondary fermenters, I decided to quit using them and instead just do a 3 week primary fermentation for my regular ales. Now I’m happy with the results, as I am brewing better product, but the downside of that is now my primaries are held up for 3 weeks instead of 8 or 10 days. A major problem for me especially now that I’m trying to “brew it forward” to get some freakin’ inventory. I have no solution here, other than buying more primaries, which I will probably do. I just wanted to whine about it for a moment. All done.

Hookie Brew

Monday, August 27th, 2007

It was my birthday this past weekend and, having been forced to work the weekend prior, I decided to sneak out on Friday and brew! There is something really relaxing about busting out of the office for a session. Having said that, if anyone from my office is reading this – I was totally on my deathbed… really. 😈

Brewed up a Faceplant Amber but made a last minute substitution of Willamette for the Mt. Hood. Just felt like a Willamette kinda day.

Big Brew ][ – the aftermath

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Here’s the lesson I learned this weekend. As soon as you have a date that gets you a quorum of your brew buddies willing to show up – don’t change that date. I switched from Saturday to Sunday and thus lost one brewer and ended up gaining zero. Soooo, Charlie and I brewed up a good batch each and had a nice time. Charlie brought enough fish tacos for 11 people which was almost enough for the 5 or so folks who happened by the house. 🙂 And I have another 5 gallons of Boogieboard Blond bubblin’ away in the fermenter which is a very good thing!

Big Brew ][

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Hosting my second “Big Brew” this weekend. I think we’ll have a total of 5 people brewing, so it should be a good time! Good thing too cuz I’m starting to run low in the keggerator. I really need to get ahead of the consumption curve, so I think I’ll brew both Friday and Saturday and again on the following weekend. If I can just get ahead by even one keg (two in the keggerator, one on deck) I’d be doing well. If I could get ahead by two I’d be golden. However I think that would require me to hide from my friends for two weeks as to slow the afore mentioned consumption curve. 😛

Pound it Down Brown a success!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The brown ale I cooked up a few weeks ago is on tap and carbonated up nicely. I have a pretty low carbonation on this one to more mimic the English style browns. It has a light start with a quick roasty finish and is clocking in at just about 5.4% abv. I am pleased.