drinking and brewing

January 6th, 2013 § 0 comments

Since I last posted, we have done some damage the been inventory, and found a few open spots in the keezer again.  Between time off for the holidays in Nov and Dec, and taking lots of growers to dinners and parties, we made quite a dent.  In the time that has past, we have emptied out the Hefe (#8), the Citra (#9) and finally hit the bottom of our cider, which was the first experiment in fermentation we ever did, before our first brew batch in fall of 2011.  The cider from the spring of 2012 had been aging for well over 6 months, so we get it in to a keg and carbed it.  We are trying to take our time with it, as we have no cider in the queue at the moment.  High prices and a busy fall means we never got around to doing a batch.  I plan on doing some reading about store brand ciders/juices that work well for fermenting, and hope to get something started soon.

So, currently, we have the Coffee Porter (#11) and the spring ’12 cider on tap.  But, we’ve been brewing a bunch, so there is a few batches sitting under the bench fermenting or aging.  In late November, we brewed a batch of Oatmeal Milk Stout, which is finishing up it’s 4 weeks of secondary aging in a keg right now.  That should be ready mid Janurary.  We’ve also did a blondish Vegas Gold (#13) kit from CNC, did another batch of the HMIPA (#14), the 60 Minute clone, and last night, we brewed up a batch of Fat Tire Snow Ryde (#15), which is a Fat Tire clone w/ rye added.

The HMIPA is just about ready to keg, and 2 other batches coming up mid-Jan, so we should be able to fill those empty spots pretty quickly.

Other other minor brewing notes are a cabinet in the basement to keep the brewing supplies, upgraded the brew bench by removing the warping chip board shelfs, and putting in some 5/8 ‘plywood shelves, using the higher quality ‘project’ indoor plywood.  I also put some stick on vinyl flooring squares on the top, to make the table top more waterproof.  I also expanded the chalk paint on the top of the keezer, to allow more room for writing.

Below are some pictures from last nights brew.  First time we’ve brew this late, or in the dark.

 

steeping the grains

steeping the grains

 

brewing in the dark

brewing in the dark

 

..and in the cold

..and in the cold

 

finishing up the brew

finishing up the brew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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