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No Brewing Tonight

12.24.2007 | 2 Comments

In light of the fact that it is Christmas Eve we will not be brewing tonight. If you show up at Jeff’s you’re likely to be disappointed as there is only flat beer (we’re out of CO2) and Jeff sitting around a fire playing christmas songs on his guitar. I did find this sweet video

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The things that transpired last night

12.18.2007 | 6 Comments

Despite temperatures that had to be measured in degrees Kelvin, we had a pretty good turnout last night. Thanks to all who participated. For once, the focus was actually the beer we were brewing ? primarily because it was boiling, and, therefore, warmest place to be. The beer cooled just as fast as we could

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Tonight we brew an IPA

12.17.2007 | 6 Comments

Enough said. Come on by. Email us if you need directions. UPDATE: Tonight will be cold. Perhaps not as cold as Syracuse, NY, but ? then again ? it won’t be Syracuse, NY. So it’s really a win-win if you think about it.

Gravity reigns in our sparging setup

12.12.2007 | 7 Comments

A haiku dedicated to Isaac Newton: Sir Isaac Newton You invented gravity So that we could brew Hopefully we’ll be getting a pump soon, but until then, we rely on gravity. At least we have a rotating sparge arm, unlike the lame stationary setup that Travis made. Those New Yorkers can’t do anything right…

We brew tonight

12.10.2007 | 0 Comments

No time to type. Brewing tonight. Pale ale. Drinking pale ale and hefeweizen. Come hang out. Running out of t- NOOOOOO!!! THE DRAGON GOT MY LEG!!! OH GOD THE PAIN!! THE UNCONT- *crunch*

Christians drink beer too

12.06.2007 | 16 Comments

Stigmas abound regarding the South and alcohol. Rum runners. Bootleggers. The Southern Baptist Convention. All in all, not very good associations. And when it comes to Christians drinking beer, it can get heated quickly. True, Christianity has a long history of beer love (think Trappist monks), but the religion also has a more recent history

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Pure oxygen (and better beers?)

12.05.2007 | 1 Comment

Monday night marked the first opportunity for us to try our Oxynator, a pure oxygen system to aerate the wort (in lieu of shaking, which can get pretty graphic). Besides the ability to avoid humping your carboys, theoretically this should give us better attenuation (conversion of the sugars from the grains into CO2 and alcohol),

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It was cold and we brewed a stout

12.04.2007 | 7 Comments

Who knew that it could get so cold in Georgia? Last night we braved the elements and brewed our Lumberjack Stout outdoors. We tweaked the recipe a bit from last time, and we should get some better attenuation, since we used a yeast starter and pure oxygen (see discussion here). More on the oxygen tomorrow.

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We experiment with an applewood pale ale

11.27.2007 | 12 Comments

Last night we kegged 25 gallons of beer. 20% of this was an experimental beer ? our Roundhouse Pale Ale with added applewood chips. We’ll have to wait and see what she tastes like when she carbonates, but initial reactions were encouraging. The applewood lends a unique flavor, and could potentially be that “something” that

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Precious cargo

11.26.2007 | 2 Comments

I drove back to Atlanta from Nashville yesterday afternoon. The traffic was horrendous. And since I was transporting 4 yeast vials, I obviously felt like some kind of helicopter pilot for LifeFlight or something. Except my helicopter was a Civic. And the heart I had to keep alive for transplant was yeast. Nonetheless, the metaphor

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Back at it

11.24.2007 | 0 Comments

After skipping brewing last week, we’re frothing at the mouth to get back to it. “Frothing” is probably a hyperbole. Jeff and I are excited. Joel, however, is actually frothing. I’m currently in Nashville, so I took a trip to the local homebrew shop, All Seasons. And yes, they had what we needed: We were

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MNB CANCELLED TONIGHT

11.19.2007 | 2 Comments

We will not be brewing tonight. The reasons are numerous, but include: Joel is out of town The drought We forgot to buy grain (this is perhaps the biggest reason) Fortunately, your Monday night need not be a wash. Feel free to watch the mighty Tennessee Titans humiliate the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

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Back to the basics

11.06.2007 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all who came over to Jeff’s last night to brew with us. I think we had around 30 people ? which is close to a record. We had our hefeweizen and our scotch ale on tap. I was actually so busy running around that I didn’t have either. Except for the glass of

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This is how we aerate

11.02.2007 | 4 Comments

The “shake vigorously” method is well known to most homebrewers. Unfortunately, homebrewers comprise the minority in society. Society finds ways to make fun of us, even if it is because we “make love” to carboys full of brew. Whatever.

The Headless Horseman rides again!

10.31.2007 | 3 Comments

For now, I’m going to refer to our Pumpkin Ale as the Headless Horseman. It doesn’t simplify things, but it keeps me happy. We made some tweaks to our recipe this time. For one, we added pumpkin to the mash instead of the boil. See the pumpkin-infused wort trickling into our boil pot above. Notice

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“I don’t drink any beer from Georgia except yours”

10.30.2007 | 1 Comment

A direct quote from our illustrious friend Troy last night, and one that made us all happy. Troy also dropped another nugget on us. We were talking about how we don’t like sour beers all that much. Troy chimed in, “Yeah, I appreciate a good Flemish sour with some nice rabbit.” Apparently Tuesdays and Thursdays

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All Hands Monday

10.29.2007 | 10 Comments

After taking a week off from brewing last week, we’re back in the saddle tonight. We have a full agenda, which includes a second batch of our pumpkin beer. We also have about 40 gallons beer that are ready for bottling or kegging, so if you’ve never come by a little early to learn a

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Back at it

10.28.2007 | 0 Comments

It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve brewed… We actually did brew a second batch of our peach Belgian amber, Southern Monk, 8 days ago. But tomorrow will mark the return to Monday nights for us. With Halloween just around the corner, it seems fitting that we brew another pumpkin beer. Plus, think our

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Shortages galore

10.24.2007 | 5 Comments

Beer prices are on the rise. Hop shortages worldwide have already driven up the price of hops fourfold for some varieties. Our friends over at Yours for Good Fermentables have written a good piece, and more can be found here from Seattle P-I. Unfortunately this isn’t the only crisis plaguing beer production in Georgia. Those

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Monday Night Brewery CANCELLED tonight

10.22.2007 | 2 Comments

We rarely cancel MNB the day of, but today qualifies as an exception. The primary driver being the Chupacabra that has invaded my body while I was in Mexico. Other important factors include: We have tons of beer fermenting Jeff wants to tweak our pumpkin ale recipe before next pass (can you say “too many

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We finally make use of our brewing software

10.21.2007 | 0 Comments

We’ve been using ProMash to help us plan our recipes for the past few months. It has been really nice (despite the fact that it doesn’t run on a Mac). We can change scales, figure out IBUs, beer color, expected ABVs (called gravity in the brewing community), as well as a slew of other things.

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Pitching Hot

10.17.2007 | 4 Comments

This past Monday, we brewed a batch of our Lumberjack Oatmeal Stout. The past couple batches of this beer have been a bit disappointing – lower than ideal original gravity has given us a beer that is more like a lame porter. From all indications, we’re back on track, but we had two fairly significant

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