I’m sick and tired of pouring beer down the drain. I poured out the last of my most recent Swashchuckler IPAs last night. Note: if you ever do this, make sure not to leave the caps in the sink as they can be washed down the drain and into the garbage disposal. Brewing tainted beer
My father is a motorcycle enthusiast. Not Harleys, so don’t worry. More like BMW off-road bikes. He also does a bit of track work (that’s him on the left). That said, he asked us to create a custom brew for an annual motorcycle event held in North Carolina. Needless to say, we decided to do
Joel went to Ireland. Joel did not leave us a key. Joel will pay for his impudence. Justice will be swift (and will commence next Monday).
Monday we used the most loose-leaf hops (which is actually a flower) we’ve ever used during a boil. Usually we use a lot of hop pellets in the boil and reserve loose-leaf for dry-hopping. Things were going great. Joel was even keeping his nose out of everything so that the grown-ups could work. So then
Last night we made another 10 gallon batch of our world-famous Swashchuckler IPA. If you’re curious to see how our brewing process works, take a gander at the following video. This is how we “sparge,” soaking the grains with hot water to extract the fermentable sugars before boiling them in that big stainless steel pot.
Whilst washing about 200 bottles last Saturday, Jeff, Joel and I participated in another segment of what has been an ongoing MNB discussion: what kind of brewery should we be? We’re early enough in the brewery creation stages that we can still shift gears fairly easily. And this is something we will continue to wrestle
Last night (a Monday) was awesome. Thanks to everyone who popped in. (I accidentally typed “pooped in,” but don’t worry, I corrected it). We might have set an all-time record in terms of amount of stuff we got done. Here’s the lowdown: Swashchuckler IPA: We brewed a 10-gallon batch. We’ll see how it turns out,
Remember the gusher bug we’ve been dealing with in our beers for the last 2 months? Throwing out all our plastic buckets made a dent in the issue, but recently, we had another batch of IPA catch the deadly yeast strain, which turn our beer into overcarbonated alcohol water. However, we did have good luck
Before we get started here, this picture has nothing to do with the post. It was just too awesome not to share. Imagine Brian Fellow: “DAT SQUIRREL CAN DRINK A BEER.” Stan at Appellation Beer has released another beer rule: “Variation is not a flaw.” I think he was speaking directly to us with this
Remember that time when we had that sanitation problem with our beer? Yeah, that was fun. Joel found himself dealing with the remnants of said problem on Monday. Take a look at the video and you’ll know why we had to pour it out. It was either that or serve it to our enemies… revenge
Yesterday we learned something important about gravity. Namely, that it is awesome. We brewed a 10-gallon all-grain batch of stout, which essentially filled up our mash tun to capacity. We also decided to try to get our wort to a boil as we were siphoning out of the sparging setup. I won’t bore you with
It’s true. We listen to his greatest hits album every week (The Best of Me). Unfortunately even Bryan Adams couldn’t save us from a stuck sparge. Watch this video to see more… Also, Peter totally hits on me. And Jeff goes to town on that hose. WARNING: It’s boring, but only 45 seconds long. Don’t
We brewed our world-famous Roundhouse Pale Ale last night. It didn’t go well. We had a lot of trouble sparging, mostly due to the fact that we’re still experimenting with optimum settings for our new grain mill. Though I think much of the blame can also be levied on Joel, who was conspicuously absent from
Nothing says dedication like a bloody gash followed by the words “Get the camera!” Jeff had a run-in with the Carboy Fairy while we were brewing our Double IPA during our Memorial Day early morning brew session. The Carboy Fairy won. We were washing out and sanitizing a couple of these glass bad boys to
For all hoping to spend your Memorial Day evening brewing a batch of Base Jumper Double IPA with MNB, I’m afraid you’ll have to hold off until next year – no brewing tonight. I will be doing a little brewing this morning, so if you’re in the neighborhood between 10-1, feel free to swing by
Not to be outdone by Jeff, I have made a few book purchases of my own to add to our ever-growing Beer Knowledge Library (ribbon cutting ceremony this August). First, Fermenting Revolution by Chris O’Brien. I became interested in the book after stumbling upon Chris’s blog, dedicated to “drinking beer and saving the world.” I’m
My Amazon.com Visa card is finally paying dividends. I got a $25 Amazon gift card in he mail the other day for spending a lot of money, and just ordered two more brewing books to add to the collection – “Radical Brewing” and “Brew Like a Monk“. “Designing Great Beers” continues to be a great
In honor of Joel redoing his kitchen, we’re going to call off this week’s Monday Night Brews. This will be the first week we’ve skipped since Christmas, but hopefully the wait will be well worth it. In addition to a brand spankin’ new kitchen, we have the following new equipment to look forward to: Grain
There has been a conspicuous lack of sexiness in our blog lately. The reason: I’ve been away on a company retreat, complete with a high ropes course (which I CRUSHED). Unfortunately, During the 2 nights and 3 days that I was away, I was panicking about my most recent endeavor, growing hops.Fortunately, I had no
Last night was a busy one for MNB. We sampled 5 new batches, including 4 completely new beers. Plus we brewed up a 10-gallon batch of Weissguy and had our first MNB beer on tap. The quick rundown: Cowtipper Cream Ale: Turned out well – I’d say 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t naturally
If anyone was wondering what 32 free kegs looked like, here’s a pic. Yep. That’s right. Monday Night Brewery is now the proud father of 32 wee ones, compliments of Joel’s uncle. Joel picked up these bad boys Friday in Birmingham (the Big Salty Ham, as we say in the business). We used the first
In recent weeks my fiance and I have struggled over what to give our guests as favors for the reception. There are the usual, boring little items, but who really wants any of that. We wanted to give something any decent person can appreciate. And then, over lunch with Jon and Joel, it hit us.