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Monday Night recap: “Nothing more exciting than a new hose” edition

01.19.2010 | 4 Comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is literally nothing more exciting than a new garden hose. The ice debacle of last week broke one of our old hoses, so we amped up the party with our new rubber baby from Ace Hardware. Fortunately last night was relatively warm. We brewed up

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Saturday Morning recap: “OMG IT’S FREEZING” edition

01.11.2010 | 3 Comments

We won’t be brewing tonight because we brewed this past Saturday. The 10:30am start time coupled with the icy roads scared many people away from brewing. But “many” people is not “this” people: Russ was the only one who came out. We’re not bitter about it. We’re just disappointed. Regardless, we choked back our tears

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Saturday Morning Brewing is a go

01.08.2010 | 4 Comments

We will be brewing on a weekend, which flies in the face of every single value we hold dear. We only hope God can forgive us. It’s going to be pretty low-key (and freezing), but you’re welcome to stop by between the hours of 10:30am-12:30pm. We unfortunately have to shut down around 12:30pm so that

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Monday Night recap: “The driest ice around” edition

12.22.2009 | 1 Comment

Brewing TOTALLY HAPPENED last night. We brewed up a slightly fuller version of our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. It should come as no surprise that Joel required assistance most of the evening, even when performing simple tasks such as holding a flashlight. Those of you who came last night may have noticed that it felt

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Encouraging news for our Drafty Kilt

12.11.2009 | 0 Comments

The Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale is one of our two launch beers and a beer that we’ve spent literally three years perfecting. We brewed a test production batch earlier this summer and have been attempting to replicate that recipe on our new Brew-Magic since then. Unfortunately Lemony Snicket conspired against us with a series of

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Monday Night Recap: “Keeping the Awesomeness in Check” edition

11.17.2009 | 4 Comments

Ah, the crisp air of mid-November. Perfect for brewing a Scotch ale while wearing an ironic trucker hat. Ashton Kutcher would be so proud. We’ve had some issues with mash efficiency on our new Brew-Magic, and last night was no exception. However, we think we might be narrowing in on the issue. And contrary to

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Monday Night Brewing? More like Wednesday Night Kegging.

11.12.2009 | 2 Comments

Jeff and I have decided to branch off and start our own company, Wednesday Night Kegging. We won’t brew beer, we’ll only keg it. We haven’t fully fleshed out the business plan and revenue model, but we tested the concept last night when we kegged our fresh hop IPA in the hopes of having real,

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Monday Night recap: The puppies take over

11.03.2009 | 3 Comments

Puppy Night was a rousing success. Leashes were tangled. Puppies were wrestled. Hop gardens were peed in (don’t worry, we already harvested). The air was heavy with puppy breath. Our bellies were full of beer. So how many dogs actually showed up with their owners? More than the dogs you can find in the photo

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Monday Night recap: “Hip-Hopopotamus” edition

10.20.2009 | 5 Comments

Due to lack of a real name for last night’s brew, a lighter-bodied American IPA made with a bundle of our freshly harvested Cascade hops, I am going to refer to it by its code name, Hip-Hopopotamus. Just know that the Hip-Hopopotamus’s lyrics are bottomless. Here’s one of our hop additions: In completely unrelated news,

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Monday Night recap: “Football and beer in peaceful coexistence”

10.06.2009 | 0 Comments

It is indeed possible to watch football while brewing, as Jeff and I found out last night. Just make sure you have a Joel around to do all the grunt work when the game gets exciting. Note: ESPN should marry Brett Farve already. This PDA stuff is getting disgusting. In relevant news, we brewed a

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Monday Night recap: “Labor Day is more relaxing than it sounds” edition

09.08.2009 | 2 Comments

We had a lighter crowd than normal yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that we missed you guys. All you “Labor Day” folks with your “out-of-town plans” and “better things to do.” Bah. This was our second week brewing with the new Brew-Magic system and we brewed the same recipe of the Drafty Kilt that we

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Monday Night recap: “Hello, Dave” edition

09.01.2009 | 16 Comments

Last night we brewed on our brand-new Brew-Magic last night for the first time. Joel performed a few nifty modifications on Saturday, bolting one of the pumps we use in chilling to the base (it’s on the left) and strapping our propane to the bottom to give us some more shelf space. And while there

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Less Monday in the short-term, more Monday in the long-term

08.18.2009 | 6 Comments

Many of you have noticed that we have been canceling Monday Night more than usual lately. Little quips like this on Twitter have clued us in: Fortunately we’re pretty terrible at reading sarcasm. Mark, I am going to come over to your house with a 6-pack of Bacardi Mojitos to make up for it. Two

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Building a beer fermentation chamber

07.24.2009 | 5 Comments

Jonathan and several other blog readers have been asking for this post for some time now. For those of you who don’t care about fermentation temperature controls this is going to be really boring (I’ve warned you). For those that do, hopefully my experiences can provide a nice blueprint for building something similar. The goal

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Monday Night recap: “A little help from the little people” edition

07.21.2009 | 4 Comments

You’re never too young to teach Joel how to sparge correctly. Joel’s niece pitched in and helped us with a slightly stuck sparge on our double IPA last night. Other than that, things went smoothly. And if this batch turns out anything like the first batch of double IPA, we will be ecstatic. By the

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Monday Night recap: “Eye candy” edition

07.14.2009 | 3 Comments

Sometimes forgetting to do a yeast starter can be a good thing. Last night, for instance. We couldn’t do our regularly scheduled brew so we got to experiment with a hoppy Belgian pale ale which we will add smoked applewood chips to next week. Our OG, for those interested, was 1.049. Some of you might

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Worthy of a full posting

07.09.2009 | 5 Comments

Frequent commenter “John A” shot this riveting video of brewing on Monday, which he posted in the comments earlier. It’s important for me to share it with you because Joel hasn’t finished the post he was supposed to write for today.

Monday Night recap: Less Joel means less ginger

07.07.2009 | 8 Comments

The rain held off, we had a great crowd, and we brewed a (potentially) great beer. Last night we brewed another Belgian witbier, though we used about 40% less fresh ginger. If Joel had been around we probably would have ended up using more ginger without Jeff’s knowledge, as Joel is what we call a

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Monday Night recap: “It’s not cheating if it’s a barleywine” edition

06.30.2009 | 3 Comments

Last night was what we call “busy.” Of course, our annual barleywine brew session is always a little busier than normal because we don’t normally have a 47 pound grain bill and don’t usually have to worry about crushing cloves and cinnamon sticks and other ingredients best left to potpourri gift baskets. Also we were

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Monday Night recap: “Multitasking” edition

06.23.2009 | 4 Comments

Despite the fact that it was FATHER’S Day on Sunday, Hannah showed us the true meaning of motherhood on Monday. It is indeed possible to be a great mother and enjoy great beer. At the same time. Provided one does so while holding a Monday Night branded pint glass. In other news, we brewed some

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Monday Night recap: “OMG A PUPPY DOG!!1!11!” edition

06.10.2009 | 5 Comments

In what will surely be the greatest Monday Night recap ever, I will attempt to recount Monday’s brewing events though I was home sick the entire time. For this reason, all those in attendance are invited to post their own thoughts on what transpired Monday. But first, Cody the dog. Are you kidding?! Dogs can’t

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Monday Night recap: “Jonathan didn’t do much” edition

06.02.2009 | 3 Comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t really do a whole lot last night. I showed up late, milled around and cleaned a couple things. I “pulled a Jeff,” as we say in the industry. So I apologize in advance if this isn’t the most insightful Monday Night recap. I do know that we

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