Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fermentation Update!

So...let's start with the Ciders. Cider #1, fermenting with only the wild yeast, is still fermenting slowly. It is crystal clear. Cider #2 with Wyeast Cider yeast is actually fermenting even slower. It is getting clearer, but still has a ways to go. Gonna let them go for another couple weeks and see how they are going.

The Barley Wine is done fermenting. It still has a schmoots on top, but it also has a large yeast cake at the bottom. Gonna leave it for a while to let the yeast clean up a bit. I do need to check the gravity to verify the completeness of the fermentation.

Decided to bottle the BW in EZcap bottles..... 16oz. Share size bottles.....

Baltic Thunder

Felt the need for a big beer. I got a Victory Baltic Thunder. Mmmmm. Great color, malty taste and 8.5%. Yum.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Barleywine in the Fermenter!

Ok. I finally got to brew the barleywine. It is in the fermenter and bubbling away.

The hops
22.5 pounds of grain
Mashing in.


and the boil.

Used a stepped up yeast starter. Big beers need lots of good yeast.

and the chiller.....well....chilling.
Transfer to the fermenter
All ready to move to the fermentation room...

Brewmasters Premier Party - Update

We attended the Brewmasters Premier party at Dive! in Sea Bright, NJ. Great place to hang, drinks some beers and...did I mention the food? It was a fun time. Had a bunch of Dogfish Head beer, including the new Bitches Brew that was developed in conjunction with the Brewmasters show.
Couple of the beers.
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

The Black and Blue. mmmm!

Bitches Brew and Black and Blue.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bar Lee Whine - Brew day....finally

Tomorrow is Barleywine brew day. AND, I "talked" to Tasty McDole and asked about where to age....he likes to age in bulk...so I'll ferment then do a long (six months) aging in secondary.... woohoo...

Dark and Stormy - 9 months later

Drinking the Porter I brewed in February. Wow....it just keeps getting better. It is based on a recipe from Charlie Papazians book. Thanks Charlie.

Friday, November 19, 2010

National Homebrewers Conference - 2011

Registered for the NHC in San Diego next June. Gonna brew some beers for the competition...at least for judges feedback...and maybe a best of show... :).

Brewmasters Premier Party

Attending a Brewmasters party at the Dive in Sea Bright. Sam Calagione is the host of a new series on Discovery Channel. Sam is always in search of great ingredients, great beers and....well fun.

The Dive has 2 Dogfishhead on draft and 3 more in bottles. (one of the drafts if the style that he ends up brewing on the show - Bitches Brew) (Miles Davis' 40th anniversary.)

Here is a link to show info:

Enjoy the show. Maybe we'll see you at the Dive!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

ROADTRIP! Iron Hill Brewery - Maple Shade,NJ

We made a roadtrip to Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade, NJ today. Beautiful fall day. Great day to try some new beers. Our server, Jenn, was very knowledgeable about the beers and menu. I had the sampler. 8 samples. All great beers. The Belgian Triple was an easy drinking 9%. Their pumpkin was well done, with just the right amount of spices. Oh...and the burgers were great too.
Iron Hill has several locations in Delaware, NJ and Pa.
Well regarded in all circles.

A nicely appointed, warm atmosphere.

They list their current and "coming soon" beers.

A spotless brewhouse.

Just in case you need a little beer schooling.


The Triple goin' down easy.
My ride.
Sue's ride.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner Update & Photos

Great Beer and Great Food. Our second dinner at the Brickwall Tavern in Asbury Park,NJ. About 40 of us enjoyed the event.

Five Courses and Six beers.

Cheddar Bacon Ale Soup w/ Jalapeno Bottle caps....spicy!

Sorry....the Bison Burger slider disappeared before I could get a photo...
mmmmm....Brooklyn Beers....
chicken w/ Cheddar Crazy bisquits.
The Beers....
Pumpkin Cake....phew.....
Hey....open your eyes! Haven't really had that much beer.....really....
Hey Chuck....see ya at the next one...
Next dinner....January/February....

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cool Small Brewery - Gem & Keystone

We picked up the first year hops plants at the nursery today. On our way home we found a new small brewery in Shawnee on the Delaware, PA.

They had an assortment of unique beers. They use all natural, local ingredients grown as organically as possible.

We had the Blanche, Pumpkin Saison and the Raspberry Framboizen. All were excellent. Both the Pumpkin and Framboizen were just a bit tart and served in special glassware.

Though we didn't have a real meal...the menu looked great as well.

Highly recommended..we will visit again...and stay a bit longer next time....


The pumpkin Saison.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bar Lee Whine - Yeast Starter

Bar Lee Whine. Finally!

BUT, first I have to get a yeast starter going. This is going to be a BIG beer, so it needs to have a huge pitch of yeast. I will end up with a 4 liter starter.... First, a small starter. Then when that is finished, repitch to a larger one, then one more time.... It will take a week or more to grow it up to full size....

This will be a 10% or more alcohol beer.
Starting a starter.
Finishing a Starter

Starter hangin' with the Cider Brothers...

Wild Cider and not so wild cider

So, I bought a couple gallons of fresh cider from the Fly Creek Cider Mill...in Fly Creek, NY...go figure.

Well...they sat in the fridge waiting for me to get them going. Guess they got tired of waiting...

They had started fermenting in the fridge....I really should have done this sooner. I put a campden tablet in each.... didn't seem to change things.... Sooooo, I decided to let one gallon ferment with wild yeast and to add Wyeast Cider yeast to the other. In the end, we'll see what the differences are....

Feremeting right out of the fridge.
N0. 1= Wild Yeast. No. 2=Cider Yeast.
Two ciders and a yeast starter....all happily bubbling away.

Beer Dinner with Brooklyn Brewery

Monday we are going to a beer dinner at Brickwall Tavern in Asbury Park. This time it is with Brooklyn Brewery. 5 courses and 6 beers. Hope they bring some of the Brewmasters reserve...
ooooo....Black Chocolate Stout.....mmmmmm.


Look for an update and photos after the event.