Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Brew day coming up!!

We have another brew day coming up this Saturday! We will be brewing our 501st Dunkelweizen and our 6th St Rockin' Wheat. Can't wait!

 Our Dunkelweizen is pretty close to where we want it now. Just trying to get a little more balance to it, we think it is a little on the "sweet" side. Would we drink it as is? You're damn right we will!

 The reviews we have gotten on the dunkelweizen have been very positive with good feed back. It takes everyone by surprise so far with how dark it is. Then they take the first drink and the look on the their faces is priceless. It is like "WOW" it isn't thick like they thought it would be.

 We had a couple from Germany vacationing in Amarillo come by Jared's home and shared a beer with them. They are from the Munich area of Germany so they know a dunkel and really enjoyed the beer. They look forward to coming back and drinking more and seeing us grow. They talked about craft beer here in America and how things are changing in Europe in the beer scene there. They expressed excitement at having a craft brewery where they vacation often. Jared asked them why they came to Amarillo for vacation and they replied that the people are friendly and there were plenty of places to eat good food. With a brewery coming up they look forward to coming back even more.

 We have had requests for the 6th St Rockin' Wheat so we are brewing it again this weekend as well. This beer people really enjoy and always ask for more. It seems we can't keep enough on hand. It seems we can't keep any beer we brew for long!

 It is going to be a long day of brewing but well worth it! When you do something you enjoy doing it is easy and enjoyable.

 As far as the brewery part is going we start some paper work this week. We are very excited to get this part going. It can be the most intimidating and time consuming part as well, but something that has to be done. Once this is done things will get much easier.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

501st bottled

Well we got our 501st Dunkelweizen bottled. It should be ready to drink in the next couple of days. Pretty excited about this batch! We have a few bottles to let people sample if they want, just let us know as they will go fast. If you do sample our beers we would like honest feed back on it. We can only improve our beers with honest intelligent feed back. We are also looking at yeast washing. We have washed the yeast from this batch and hope to use it in the next batch we brew in Oct. We'll see how this goes! We are looking to increase our brew schedule in the next couple of months as well as hosting a few events. The next event coming up will be 'Learn to Homebrew Day' on November 5. We will keep you posted and informed as we get plans rolling and finalized. We will be working with the local homebrew club The Highplains Drafters. This is a great group of people and we are glad to be working with them! If you interested in homebrewing come to the meetings and have a great time! We also have a group called Amarillo Brew Society to help foster the craft beer culture here in the Texas Panhandle. Don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

501st Dunkelweizen

Our 501st Dunkelweizen is now fermenting along nicely! Brew night went really well and fun was had by all there.There was great beer and good food. We had a guest, Kent, who seemed to really enjoy the time. He asked lots of questions and really took in the whole process. We enjoyed having Kent there and look forward to having other guest "brewers" in the future. Why did we pick a dunkelweizen? Well Brent wanted to brew a dunkel and we decided on this recipe to stick to our wheat beer line. This beer has a very nice flavor profile and is very easy to drink
. It has a very creamy mouth-feel with hints of chocolate and coffee. The aroma is malty with a slight hops presence. This beer is pretty good! The 501st part of the name comes from Brent's father-in-law who served in the Army in Germany, Dan. Dan has told us some good stories from that time and the beers they drank over there. He especially recalls what he calls "Christmas beer". So we made this beer with him and his buddies in mind. Thank you Dan and all other Veterans and those currently serving for your service! PROST!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

September Brew Day Coming Up!

Well we have another brew day coming up this weekend! Can't wait! We'll be brewing our Dunkelweizen again. Think we've got it where we want it. The changing of the yeast strain made a huge difference that we were looking for. This is a great beer so far. A little darker than what you might expect. The mouth-feel is very smooth and creamy. The roasted malts give it a nice touch in the flavor department. Hints of chocolate and coffee as well as a nice aroma. The Hallertau hops are just right. Hope to have this batch ready to go by the end of the month. I'm also hoping the brew our wheat beer again soon as we have a ton of requests for that one. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook and Twitter.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Another brew day gone...

Well we brewed our Dunkelweizen and used a German yeast this go round. Brewed 15 gallons! Keggle had about as much wort in it as it could hold. No boil overs so that was good.

We converted an old keg into a fermenter and it has worked pretty good so far. Looking to do some more modifications and making it even better.

A few more days of bubbling and then some conditioning then off to bottle and keg. Can't wait!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brew DAY!!!!

Brew day once again, FINALLY!!! We will be brewing this Saturday! Can't wait!

We will be brewing our Dunkelweizen again. This recipe is getting close to being where we want it. We first tried a Bavarian yeast not what we wanted. So this time we are trying a German yeast strain. This should give us what we are after.

We are looking to get things rolling a little faster, like brewing more often. This will mean a some work on our end , some cinstruction of fermentation cabinets and conical fermentors. Planning on attending events next year and hosting a few events as well. We will keep you posted.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Brew Day on Saturday.

Yes the weekend is almost here and with that comes BREW DAY! We are very excited and can't wait.

We added some insulation to our keggles to help with heat retention. When we added the insulation to one keggle last brew day things moved along a little quicker which was nice. It will be really helpful this weekend as we are doing two recipes.

Our first recipe will be our Dunkelweizen. We tweaked the recipe a little. We added a little chocolate malt to darken and add a little roasted characteristics to the beer. This should help to balance out the sweetness. Our first go round of this beer didn't quite get to where we wanted to be. Our efficiency was down due to temps not keeping where they should have been. So we ended up making a great session beer!

Our second recipe will be our "6th St. Rockin' Wheat". This is one of our favorites and has been since we first brewed it. A little more tweaking ,or not, and this recipe will be perfect for those hot summer days.

We also have a project to build us a new fermentation cabinet. Brent got a great deal on a cooler from one the stores in town. It was a sandwich cooler with an open top, so we will build a cabinet to go on top. This will give us more control over our fermentation temps and more flexibility with our recipes. Soon lagering won't be an issue.

We will take some pictures and post them to our Facebook page.

This weekend please take some time from your schedule and remember those that have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Thank those that have served or are serving. God Bless America!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dunkelweizen kegged

The dunkelweizen is kegged and being carbed as we speak. It is a little lighter than we wanted. The taste and mouthfeel are not quite where we want them. So now we are adjusting the recipe adn brewing it again on Memorial Day weekend.

We are adding some chocolate malts and bumping up our base malts a little bit. Going after a little more of the chocolate, coffee taste. Also looking to darken it up a bit.

The yeast profile seemed to fit perfectly. Didn't notice any off flavors or smells. Which is always a good thing! So we will stick with the yeast we originally picked for this recipe.

So far so good for this recipe. A little tweaking and it will be good to go. Can't wait to brew it again!

Also on the next brew day we will be brewing our "Sixth St. Rocking Wheat". Love that beer!

Beer is what brought us together and beer is what we make.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Website Landing Page, Dunkelweizen and Root Beer

Well we got our website landing page up and running! It looks awesome. Thanks to the guys at 887 Media for doing a great job!

Will be testing our Dunkelweizen FG. Can't wait to try it out! Can't wait to brew again!

We are also working on a root beer for our younger folks. It is so easy to do and alot of fun to watch the kids make it. We helped a local Scout troop make a batch. They made the root beer and bottled it. Each Scout present go tot take home a six-pack of root beer they had made. Fun by all who were there.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Well we just finished brewing our test Dunkelweizen. Really excited about this brew! This will give us our third beer in our line up so far.
We have a Belgian Wit, an American Wheat and now a Dunkelweizen. Yes we have a wheat beer line up and we will be expanding our line up soon. We hope to have 5 -6 beers in our line up by the end of the year. We will keep you up to date on what we are brewing.

Our efficiency wasn't as good as we had hoped for but that can be fixed. Can't wait to brew this beer again.

We got our grain bill from Homebrew Headquarters in Dallas, TX. Thes guys are super nice and really awesome. They had all the grains we needed on hand. Even had the hops we wanted as well. We will be using these guys again for sure.