The music in heaven

03.31.2008 | 8 Comments

If you’re curious about what the music will be like in heaven, most biblical scholars maintain that the majority of the music will be duets between Pavarotti and Bryan Adams. Much like this one: Wow. THAT. JUST. HAPPENED. Many thanks to Neil for spending hours digging up this interweb gem. Come by Jeff’s tonight ?

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Wife of the Year – 2nd Year in a Row

03.28.2008 | 0 Comments

Our hops are alive and kicking

03.27.2008 | 4 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t completely kill our hops last year. They’ve peeked their bitter little heads above the surface of their new home along Jeff’s driveway. And Jeff, the nurturer that he is, has been diligent in providing the little buggers with plenty of water. He’d give them extra sunlight if he could.

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Jonathan joins Facebook. The world stops turning.

03.25.2008 | 4 Comments

I knew I was popular. I just had no idea HOW popular till I joined Facebook last night. And now I’ve got like a million friends. I’m pretty much the opposite of Travis, that’s how popular I am. But enough about me, how was brewing last night? In two words, lonely and cold. Including Jeff,

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Tonight, we brew!

03.24.2008 | 0 Comments

We got some good feedback from the party on our Swashchuckler IPA and so we decided it’s time to give it another go. (Though we would have brewed our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale if a certain Joel had gotten our fermentation chamber built). The moral of the story: come by tonight. And don’t trust Joel.

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A new way to follow our progress. It’s called “email” and it’s going to catch on.

03.21.2008 | 2 Comments

If you’re anything like Jeff, you’re not too sure how this whole internet thing works. Any talk of RSS feeds just makes you hungry. And if you’re anything like a human being, you’re interested in what we’re doing. In fact, you’d like to have every post emailed to you. Never fear, we’ve got a solution

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New levels of dorkiness

03.20.2008 | 8 Comments

We’re building our fermentation chambers for our new pilot brewery, in which we hope to be able to control fermentation temperatures to within a degree or 2. The “hope” part of this is pretty crucial. We’ve had our eye on this temperature monitor to actually verify whether or not our control is unrelenting and supreme.

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Crunching the Numbers

03.19.2008 | 4 Comments

One of the biggest objectives of Saturday’s Brewhaha was to collect some solid data on how our beers and brand are perceived by our future customers. Mission accomplished – we received nearly 400 comment cards, including about 100 for each of the three beers we served. We also asked about beer consumption and preferences. Here

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03.17.2008 | 5 Comments

We’re still trying to catch our breath after the overwhelming success that was our first Brewhaha Saturday night. We had about 200 people come. Expect some more in-depth posting later, but for now I wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped out and to everyone who came. It was a lot of fun! You

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We’re still on!

03.15.2008 | 1 Comment

We’ve had a lot of phone calls/emails wondering if the party is still going down because of the Great Tornado Fest of 2008 last night. To put it bluntly: yes. Come on over!

Getting all gussied up for our party

03.14.2008 | 0 Comments

We’re planning on having a lot of visitors over tomorrow. This whole Brewhaha thing has gotten very big very quickly, so we decided to clean the garage up a little bit. Joel of all people had a good idea ? let’s rethink our grain storage situation. We still keep our base malts in big airtight

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What to expect on Saturday

03.12.2008 | 0 Comments

Our first Brewhaha is right around the corner. We’ve had a lot of interest in said Brewhaha, and many people are wondering what to expect and how it will all work. For those of you who are antsy in your pantsies, here are a few more details: Everyone gets a free MNB pint glass People

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HopWatch: Year 2

03.11.2008 | 3 Comments

We’re going to give this whole “growing hops thing” another go. Unruffled by our meager/nonexistent harvest last year, we have transplanted our hop plants to Jeff’s yard. Now they’re out of the pots, off of the volleyball court, and in the ground. We also fertilized with some composting spent grains which probably won’t make much

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We embark on a journey of tastings

03.10.2008 | 1 Comment

It’s amazing we haven’t done this sooner. I think we were waiting until we got some good base recipes down, but now that we feel we are there, it’s time to start being especially critical about our beers. Jeff has put together a pretty complicated spreadsheet to track our beers (believe it or not, it’s

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Joel desecrates our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

03.09.2008 | 3 Comments

In true Joel fashion, our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale has been rendered undrinkable. That’s not to say it isn’t eatable… Because it is indeed frozen. Joel came over to take measurements of our chest freezer, which has been converted into a fermentation chamber. Unfortunately, he took the temperature sensor out of the freezer and neglected

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There’s more than one way to drench a Joel

03.06.2008 | 0 Comments

Ah, conical fermenters. Ever since we bit the bullet and bought 2 stainless steel conical fermenters from Blichmann about a month ago, we’ve spent probably 30 minutes of every day staring at their shiny surfaces. I’ve actually given up looking for a wife and have settled for Gertrude, Stainless Steel Conical #2. When it came

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03.05.2008 | 2 Comments

Opening a brewery is exciting business. It makes you wonder why there are so few micros in Georgia. The answer, we’ve increasingly found, is distribution. Georgia’s distribution laws are archaic, it turns out. The now-defunct Dogwood agrees in this oldy-but-goody from 2004: As a start-up brewer, Moran says, his most important decision — more important

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Will drink with meat

03.04.2008 | 0 Comments

Wow, that title is way too clever, even for me, the proverbial KING of clever. We’ve been planning for our party (March 15?sign up to come on our sidebar) and Will has graciously volunteered his meat-smoking skills. Last night he brought over some brisket and chicken to try with our stout, hefeweizen and IPA. I

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Why you should come tonight

03.03.2008 | 1 Comment

Because Bryan Adams (in the form of our own Jeff Heck) will be serenading us with his Canadian lullabies. Jeff doesn’t know any of this yet, actually. We should have a pretty light night in terms of work since we will only be bottling, which should leave Jeff time to get sufficiently buzzed and bust

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Danger: busy Saturday approaching

02.29.2008 | 2 Comments

Tomorrow is arts-and-crafts day at Jeff’s house! Joel will be building out a fermentation chamber for our new conical fermenters. The chamber will involve an insulated box that ducts cold air from our freezer, similar to the one built here by the Duo Team. And while Joel is doing his best to not kill himself,

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Terrapin revs up

02.28.2008 | 2 Comments

There was a great article in the Athens Banner-Herald this month on Terrapin Brewery. I’ll hit the highlights. First, Terrapin started by contract brewing: Since 2002 when Terrapin introduced its first beer, Rye Pale Ale, the Athens-based company has been contracting with other breweries to make its beer, most recently getting its bottled beer done

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A Goodbye Bash

02.27.2008 | 2 Comments

On Friday we said goodbye to our dear friend and fellow brewer Troy Bash (Yes, that’s his last name…AMAZING). No, he didn’t die but after his 8 month stint in Atlanta (as some sort of “project manager”) he is now being shipped off to Detroit Michigan. Rumor has it he can actually see Canada looking

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