Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fine Time for Barleywine!

I brewed 10 gallons of English Barleywine this past weekend and 5 gallons of an English Mild. The 10 gallons of Barleywine came from the first runnings of the mash (OG 1.094 or finishing at ~10% alcohol) and the 5 gallons of English mild came from the second runnings and some sparge water (OG 1.035 or finishing at ~3.5% alcohol). I also added about a cup of malt extract to the mild along with some roasted grain. Note to self: 42 lbs. of grain is a wee bit over the max capacity of my mash tun! This is with a thick mash too, about 1 quart/lb. of grain. For those readers that do not brew, you probably have no idea what I am talking about. Feel free to ask me some questions!

Mash Tun to Capacity

So, by the time these guys are done fermenting, I should have 15 gallons of beer. My oak barrel is empty, so I will be filling that with 5 gallons of the strong stuff and then putting the rest of the two beers in two kegs. The taps will then be full again! I'll have the Hopocaplypse, Bellamy Amber, English Mild, and English Barleywine pouring. I'm going to try and get all of the Oaked Townie Brown into bottles very soon and wax them. Christmas presents? 

Mug, the English Barleywine in the conical and Thimble, the English Mild in the carboy to the right!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bellamy Amber and San Diego Breweries

I woke up early this morning and started to brew a batch of Bellamy Amber. Along with Hopocalypse, this one will also be served at Erin and Phil's wedding at the end of October! Hope it turns out OK. I tweaked the recipe a bit to cater to the wedding couple's requests. Trying to get a lot of malt flavor and aroma, less bitterness, a little more hop aroma. Hopocalypse turned out to be a great IPA. It's pretty hoppy and it has a nice wet hop aroma.
Hess Brewing
I just got back from a work trip to San Diego and managed to squeeze in a couple of brewery visits while I was there. I traveled up to the emerald city in Escondido...that's right, Stone Brewing. It's an amazing brewery and resaturant and I had some phenomenal beers and food. I also stopped by Green Flash which was 1 mile from the hotel. Although, these were not the best ones on the trip. That honor goes to Hess Brewing in Sand Diego! This brewery was housed in a 800 sq foot warehouse and brews 50 gallon batches. It was really inspiring and the beers were delicious. Check them out: Hess Brewing .