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.