Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big brew day...Kane Brewing of homebrewing...I spent the day shadowing the head brewer at Kane Brewing. Clay walked me through the entire brewing (and cleaning) process. I'd like to say I helped, but with the exception of helping with the spent grain and adding the hops..not so much.

Here we are mashing in. Grains get hydrated on the way into the mash tun.

The mash rakes are cool.

After the mash...we recirculated...
Checking the pH
The sight glass shows the color of the wort. (photo doesn't really show it too well)

The sparge...kinda looks like my sparge arm...

The control panel....I definitely don't have one of these.... the rakes backwards and they help scoop the spent grain out into barrels. The farmer came later and took the grain for cattle feed.

Prepping the hops.

Luckily for me...Clay climbed into the mashtun to clean it out.....

Getting ready for knock out.

Here's the spent grain...

Beautiful stainless steel

The chiller....cools the wort from....200 to pitching temp......

Can't show you the brew kettle whirlpool. BUT, I can show you that results. Basically it spins the wort slowly, you wait 20 minutes and then you run off. The goal is to have all the lumpy stuff end up in the middle, then run off from the side and liquid runs off clear(er).

The brewery....our beer...third fermenter on the right....

Guess I have to keep tabs on the beer and taste it along the way. The limited release brown ale will be available in 3 or 4 weeks.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sneak Peek - Imperial Pumpkin

It had only been about a week, but I sneaked a taster of the pumpkin. Nice color. Full body. Sutle spices. About 2/3 carbonated. Tastes good. Wanna give it another week or so and try it again.... but, so far.... I like it....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bottled the Pumpkin Ale

Sorry...this is a bit out of order...I noticed I hadn't finalized this posting when I created it last week. Pumpkin in the bottle.

Keepin' it out of the sun.

Still some leftover pumpkin and spices.
Siphoning..into the bottling bucket

Mmmm. Looks great.

Nice color.


Here's the end result.....Pumpkin in a bottle. Couple weeks and we will be good to go...

Wet Hop Beer at Kane Brewing

Time to harvest the Hops at Kane Brewing. They have been growing hops for several years

These hops all go right from the bine to the beer.


WOW...that's a lot of hops!


Putting the second addition into the brew pot.

More boiling.


After the brew...the leftovers....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moved da pumpkin

I racked the pumpkin to secondary fermenter. Lots of floating material on top and a bunch of yeast on the bottom. Will leave it there a couple days and then bottle. Oh...and it finished at 8.0% ABV.

Fermentation is done....oh, what a mess!

So I transferred it to a secondary fermenter to get the good beer off the trub. (stuff)
Now that is a whole lot of pumpkin, spices and yeast!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hop Harvest

Time to harvest....

Pumpkin Spice

So I brewed a Pumpkin Spice beer on Tuesday. It is fermenting nicely....

Yeast Starter

Chilling the Starter....the old fashioned way...
Grains for the brew.

The Brew pot.

The mash...

Boil, boil....



Ok...gotta drink a homebrew when your home brewing....

Into the fermenter

Fermenting away...