My Favorite Day of the Week

That day being Sunday, that is! Come over and play with us! Just a short post for this weekend. And lordy what a quick weekend it’s been. And my head hurts… hangover… oww… ugh… burp.

We are brewing a new IPA today. Most of the reason is because we kinda lost the recipe to the first one we brewed. So this one is its own monster. It should be very full with a heavier mouthfeel. It will be a slightly darker amber appearance; maybe almost a dark brick color, and will have a well-rounded, malty first impression before the hops take over in a flurry of floral, fruity ass-kicking goodness!

I’m excited to see how it turns out, and a little anxious. New recipes are always a little scary after all, but I think it’ll be delectable. And shoot, it’ll be beer right?…

So come on over; call us or send us an email if you need directions.

Change of Venue?…

Composed by Steve

Welp, not so much the place, but where at Jamie’s we will be brewing this fall!

After a LOT of cleaning, (trash, broken lawn chairs, some funky-ass coolers, and enough dust to make my boogers black for two days)  the basement/garage is getting very close to becoming our brand new BeerLab hoooo hooooo wah wah wah wah!

Our goal for this new space is to centralize and condense the entire brewing operation into one section of the house. Before, it was as like an atomic beer bomb went off, sending fragments of equipment and supplies everywhere! Hauling heavy carboys up and down stairs will be a thing of the past… also, we feel like climate control will be a bit better in the basement.  This is exciting.

On another note, Jamie and I ventured way south to The A to visit our friends at Monday Night Brewery. The weather was much warmer than it was when we last visited like, 50 degrees warmer… seriously.  So we were able to enjoy some of their excellent beers and spend some time talking to Jeff about some of their equipment and processes…one very cool and extremely functional new addition at MNB is a fermentation chamber that the guys made for the hot summer months to help ward off heat related fermentation problems(hence, some of the reason we were forced to stop brewing). Converted from an old freezer and modified to house two large fermenters, they installed a thermostat that maintains the entire vessel within 1 or 2 degrees of the desired temperature. (Wish I had pics, but just follow our link to their page) Good job guys and awesome investment!

And now the funnest part… I speculate that we will commence brewing operations on Sunday afternoon the 14th! We’re not sure which brew we’re conjuring up so any and all ideas are welcome! Please feel free to come hang out with us and relax. Unfortunately, all the home brew we had was demolished at our last party so we obviously won’t have any of ours to enjoy, but I’m sure we will have some beer floating somewhere on the premises!

More to come! Prost!

I Can See Clearly Now

-Jamie

After weeks of brewing frustration…OK, not really brewing frustration, but getting frustrated at how we have been measuring water inSite Gauge our batches, I decided to take matters into my own hands. We’ve had constant questions of how much water was in the hot liquor tank, how much were we adding to the mashtun, how many gallons have we used in the sparge, etc. We currently determine how much water we’re using with a little red bucket with quart and gallon marks on the inside; we also etched gallon marks inside of our brew kettle to indicate its internal volume. Seems simple enough, but the problem that arises is that when the water is hot and steamy, all those little marks practically disappear, making it extremely difficult to gauge the water level. I’ve had my eye on some sight gauges for a while now but they have been a little too costly…until today!

While surfing the WWW I came across Bob, a home brewer up north somewhere. Anyway, he also wanted a sight gauge for his brew set up, so he ordered the supplies from McMaster-Carr to make his own. In order to keep the price down he apparently ordered enough material to make many of these nifty little devices and is now selling them for a really cheap price ($21). I went to McMaster’s site, built out the gauges on my own, and found it was going to cost a lot more than that just to order the parts. What did I do? I ordered two already-assembled gauges from Bob. Thanks Bob. Now with a quick glance at our new sight gauges we will easily and clearly be able to determine how much water we using. One will go on the hot liquor tank and the second will go on the brew kettle so we can see how much wort we have.

I will post some pictures after we have them installed. Unfortunately, this means more welding for Chris…