Monday, March 29, 2010

First All-Grain brew! Big Red & Little Red Monsters!

Today was my first All Grain brew. Also the first time I used whole leaf hops for the entire brew. AND, this time, I am making two beers at once! A big red beer and a littler red beer. Dubbed The Big Red Monster and the Little Red Monster....

Whole hops....straight from the grower near Ithaca, NY

Now that's a lot a grain. 18 1/2 pounds!

Dumping the grains into the mash tun! Woo Hoo!

Draining the malty goodness into the brew pot.
Assistant brewers!

The new sparge arm....

The brew


Spent grain

Bobbing for hops!

Two brewpots going at once!

Hop bag floating in the brew!

Chillin' it down.
Big red is done. Little Red draining into second carboy.
Big and Little Red.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sneak Peek - Saison

I snuck at test of the Saison, recently named... Saison D'Raleighe Nice! They are designed to be a bit more carbonated and it is.

It is pretty dry and flavorful, a wonderful light brown gold color. Will continue the aging and try again in a couple weeks.

Next up....really early try of Dark and Stormy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


A friend of mine and fellow hop farmer was visiting in the area and brought me a pound of leaf hops. 10 oz of nugget and 6 oz of cascade. I'm putting them right to use. The Reds will use these hops exclusively. Thanks George!

First All-Grain brew coming soon!

In just a couple days Fylsbrewing is going all-grain. We'll be brewing a Imperial Red AND a red mild at the same time.

We will use about 18 lbs of grains and 1/2 a pound of leaf hops! Watch for the new improved 3 tier system and sparge setup.

Check back soon to see photos and updates.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Saison is in the bottles

I bottled the Saison yesterday. It looks and tastes great already.... It will have to wait a couple weeks to carbonate.... It finished at 1.010. ABV is 7%.