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Brewing

Joel’s absence a non-issue

11.04.2008 | 0 Comments

First off, if you haven’t already, GO VOTE! Let’s be responsible beer-loving citizens. So we brewed without Joel last night. Things went incredibly smoothly. Without Joel to screw everything up it was like our entire brew process had been rubbed down in butter. It was THAT smooth. We brewed a slightly updated version of our

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Cruisin’ for a brewin’

11.03.2008 | 1 Comment

Despite Joel’s plans to foil brewing this week by scheduling a surprise business trip last night, Jeff and I will be brewing up a pot of our Eye Patch Ale, with a couple new twists. Not interesting twists, but twists just the same. Come on by. We SHOULD have some beer on tap. We forgot

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We’re not weird, we swear

10.28.2008 | 9 Comments

We had a good crowd last night as we brewed our second batch of pumpkin ale for the year. Shout-out to Wayne at Cigar City Brewing for some help with the recipe. This time we used less spices, fewer hops and also upped the caramel malts a smidge. We’re hoping for something similar to the

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Pumpkin is in the air tonight

10.27.2008 | 0 Comments

Not only will be we drinking our first 2008 batch of pumpkin beer (The Headless Horseman), we’ll be brewing another batch as well! That’s 2x the pumpkin, just in time for All Hallow’s Eve. Our first batch turned out well, though a little heavy on the spices. So the only change will be to spices

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Brewing tonight CANCELLED

10.20.2008 | 0 Comments

Don’t come to Jeff’s tonight, as you will find it a sad and lonely house. We’ve decided to cancel brewing tonight, since Joel and I both won’t be back until very late and Jeff doesn’t know how to brew without us. Sorry to kill your Monday night plans.

Our website is broken. Brewing tonight is not broken.

10.13.2008 | 0 Comments

You may have noticed that our website is all jacked up. We’re changing hosting providers and haven’t worked out the kinks. Who is to blame? Mostly Al Gore, but also Joel. Obviously. Nevertheless, we are brewing a slightly scaled-back version of the Eye Patch Ale tonight. Come on over to Jeff’s around 8pm to partake.

Brewing recap

10.07.2008 | 1 Comment

Last night was busy. We had at least 30 folks come by. More folks than Joel knows, period. And we’re hoping that the Drafty Kilt will turn out splendidly. Sorry for the poor quality pics. I had to use the ones from my iPhone since I forget to take legitimate pictures last night. To make

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Operation Drafty Kilt is a green light

10.06.2008 | 0 Comments

I’ll keep this short and sweet. We’ll be brewing another batch of our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale tonight. We’d love to have you join us. Joel and I attended a beer festival in Glenwood Park on Saturday, HOToberfest. I hope to have pics and a write-up posted soon. And as always, be sure to sign

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Brewing a pumpkin ale requires plenty of pumpkin

09.30.2008 | 2 Comments

Actually, it doesn’t. A lot of the perfectly good pumpkin ales you’ll find in stores are brewed with 0 lbs of pumpkin. Much of the flavor comes from the spices, like a pumpkin pie. But in our case, we used 10 lbs of pumpkin for 10 gallons of beer. That’s almost 1 lb per gallon,

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Brewing the Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale tonight

09.29.2008 | 4 Comments

Come on by tonight where we’ll be brewing our annual batch of Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale. It should be interesting. This will be our third year and we’re curious to see what transpires. Our first batch turned out great. We used a partial mash though, so we wanted to step it up our second year

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Brewing recap: a lot got done

09.23.2008 | 1 Comment

Despite starting earlier than normal, we actually had a fairly late night last night. Things weren’t quite as smooth since Jeff couldn’t get there till later and Joel was suspiciously “out of town” for work. Methinks not. We had a good turnout and brewed another batch of our popular Eye Patch Ale. We also had

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Brewing our Eye Patch Ale tonight

09.22.2008 | 0 Comments

We were planning on brewing some good ol’ Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale… but our yeast starter failed to start. Then Jeff looked at the packaging. EXPIRED! This was actually my fault for not buying yeast with enough lead time. So come on by Jeff’s tonight to brew with us (and drink with us). It should

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Bottling (and corking) our Laissez-Faire Barleywine

09.18.2008 | 1 Comment

Last year we bottled the first Laissez-Faire in 22oz bombers and dipped each bottle in gold wax. They looked amazing. They were also impossible to open. This year we switched to 750mL Belgian-style bottles (note: 750mL = 25.4oz), complete with corks and cages: Those corks were tough to get on with our dinky corker. I

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Using salt and ice to cool wort faster

09.17.2008 | 7 Comments

But first… a picture from Monday. Finally Jeff’s mighty back porch got some use. We usually convene back there post-brewing, but this shot was taken during brewing, proving that we do indeed have friends. Free beer helps. And now to the REALLY interesting stuff. We got some great suggestions on how to cool wort in

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Jonathan and Joel successfully make beer (without Jeff)

09.16.2008 | 4 Comments

Brewing tonight: a crazy awesome stout

09.15.2008 | 0 Comments

It’s been awhile since we’ve experimented with new beers. We’ve been concentrating almost exclusively on perfecting our Belgian wit, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale and Eye Patch Ale. But Jeff is out of town, so Joel and I were given a little bit of a leash this Monday. We’re going to be brewing a hefty oatmeal

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Cooling wort in the summer

09.12.2008 | 20 Comments

Our post a few days ago brought up some thoughts on cooling wort. In the South this is especially relevant in the summer. We brew outside, so getting the temperature down can be a time-consuming process. I thought I’d go into a little more depth on how we cool our wort and open up the

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Get a text alert about brewing every Monday

09.10.2008 | 2 Comments

We get a lot of emails every Sunday or Monday asking if we’re brewing that Monday. The answer is usually “Most definitely!” but there have been a few (sad) times when we’ve had to cancel. But wouldn’t it be great to know ahead of time, without having to email? To keep you guys informed, we’re

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We brew. Jeff hides in our fermentation chamber.

09.09.2008 | 7 Comments

While brewing went off without a hitch last night (we brewed another batch of our wildly popular Eye Patch Ale), Jeff spent a good chunk of the night dodging work by hiding in our fermentation chamber: Jeff was actually cleaning the bottom of the chamber, which can get a little nasty after multiple fermentations. Joel

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Why we?re not starting a hop farm

09.08.2008 | 4 Comments

Last week we harvested our first hops from our vines, and were quite pleased with the yield. I was thinking we?d get 1-2 lbs of hops based on the amount we pulled off. But after a few days of drying, the final weight was just about 8 oz. But my dreams of hop farming were

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Hop harvest!

09.02.2008 | 4 Comments

We got off to an early start last night, so we had some extra time. We spent it on a quick little business meeting (more on that soon) and our hop plants, which have been growing like gangbusters their 2nd year in existence. Thank the Lord that big ugly thing in the middle wasn’t a

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Brewing on Labor Day

09.01.2008 | 1 Comment

Lesser men would take Labor Day off. To be fair, we ARE taking Labor Day off from our day jobs. But we’re NOT taking Labor Day off from brewing. So come on by Jeff’s tonight and join us as we brew our wildly popular (and still unnamed) Belgian wit. Usually people start showing up around

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