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Brewing

Assistant brewer, anyone?

10.12.2007 | 6 Comments

When we make the transition from homebrewing to commercial brewing, we fear we will have a lot to learn. An interview with Steve of Beau’s All-Natural Brewing has only confirmed this. Needless to say, Jeff (our brewmaster) is worried. None of us has had any formal beer training. While we’d like to send at least

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UPDATE: Pictures from the move

10.09.2007 | 0 Comments

Jeff finally found the cord to his digital camera, so we’ve got some pics to share. We have another version of this picture, in which Joel insisted on holding a Bryan Adams record in front of us and posing like a bunch of tools. Jeff did not approve. And in this pic from last night,

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Last night: what went right and what went wrong

10.09.2007 | 0 Comments

Last night marked our first night on Atlanta’s Westside. Jeff and Hannah have been kind enough to let us take over their house, and we have been kind enough to grace them with our presence. First, the good: the vibe, overall, is awesome. We had a bunch of new people. The space at Jeff’s house

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Monday Night Brewery closes its doors…

10.08.2007 | 0 Comments

…only to re-open them at Jeff’s new residence on the Westside! Tonight marks our first Monday on Atlanta’s Westside. We’ll be brewing a hefeweizen and drinking IPA and root beer. If you’d like directions to our new locale, email Jeff. He LOVES electronic mail!

MNB Heads West

10.05.2007 | 1 Comment

Tomorrow morning, Joel, Jonathan and I are meeting at Monday Night Brewery’s home for the past year (Joel happens to live there, too) and relocating the brewery to the garage of my new crib, about 5 miles west. Why make such a move? With some continuing sanitation issues, we thought that moving our supplies out

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We brew our first anniversary pumpkin ale!

10.02.2007 | 8 Comments

When we started brewing beer together last September, the first beer that really jumped out at us was our then-named Farvonpupin Pumpkin Brau. This name will not carry forward into this year, but the pumpkin ale will. In addition to the obvious pumpkin, we also brew with generous doses of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Essentially,

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Blah

09.18.2007 | 5 Comments

Usually brewing is a way for me to unwind on Monday nights. Last night, for some reason, was stressful. I might even characterize it as “sucky.” Why? I think there were a few reasons, not the least of which was that I started off the night by milling the wrong grains. Joel needs to label

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Moldy beer means we’ve done something wrong.

09.11.2007 | 6 Comments

Or, more accurately, Joel has done something wrong. Go figure. After taking a one week hiatus from brewing for Labor Day, we returned to a beautiful bathtub full of moldy beer. This is the first time we’ve encountered actual mold on our beer. After transferring our IPA last week, we recognized that it smelled a

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Brewing withdrawal

09.04.2007 | 5 Comments

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think I’m going through brewing withdrawal. This does not bode well for the rest of the week. I’ve got to say, these so-called “holidays” are really cramping my style. I think I’ve come to embrace brewing on Mondays as a sort of therapy. A way to

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Happy Labor Day! (MNB cancelled tonight)

09.03.2007 | 2 Comments

Hot hop water. Delicious.

08.30.2007 | 5 Comments

We dry hop both our pale ale and our IPA (dry hopping means adding hops to secondary fermentation in order to impart their aromatics and, to a lesser degree, flavors). Usually we use whole leaf hops. We find we get better aromatics out of whole leaf than pellets. Unfortunately, the whole leaf hops turn into

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New friends and new tap handles…

08.28.2007 | 2 Comments

Every Monday tends to hold some sort of new surprise. Be it a new recipe, a new twist on an old recipe, a new toy (read: kegerator, heat exchanger, autosiphon) or just some new friends to stop by. New toys and new friends are generally speaking my favorites. From this past Monday…. New Toy: The

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Why brewing beer is not like baking a cake

08.24.2007 | 2 Comments

I was listening to a three-part Basic Brewing Radio podcast on the subject of yeast in beer a week or so ago (I know, right?). I started thinking about my preconceptions of brewing prior to knowing anything about it. I think I assumed that it was kind of like following a recipe… 2 parts barley,

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Tonight we brew an IPA!

08.20.2007 | 0 Comments

But not just any IPA… our INFAMOUS Swashchuckler IPA! Which we have not brewed to our satisfaction in months! Tonight we spell “redemption” I…P…A… If you want to come and brew with us, drop me a line and I can give you directions.

Dropping some knowledge on you

08.16.2007 | 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered what beers we have in the works? What’s fermenting, aging, being consumed? Well, I know I have. And now we’ve got a “Currently On Tap” sidebar feature to bring you the goods! Thanks to a selfless comment from West, (a true fan of our work) you can now be informed about

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Woody aromas with smacks of ginger

08.08.2007 | 3 Comments

So we’re doing a bit of experimenting with our pale ale, which currently is good but not great. We brewed a 10-gallon batch on Monday. Five minutes before the end of the boil, Joel came up with the idea of putting ginger in the beer. So… we threw half an ounce of candied ginger in

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A hefeweizen revolution!

08.06.2007 | 2 Comments

Saturday afternoon (after a successful MNB busin ss meeting), Joel and I transfered 10 gallons of our WeissGuy Hefeweizen into kegs. It’s been hot as a bible story outside, but we’ve only had scotch ale and stouts ready to drink for awhile now. Fortunately that will all change tonight. Feel free to stop by. Send

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Saturday morning brew session!

07.29.2007 | 3 Comments

Every once in awhile Joel will have a brilliant idea. This weekend, he totally challenged what Monday Night Brewery is all about: brewing beer on Monday nights. In true paradigm-shifting outside-of-the-box thinking, he proposed, “Why not Saturday mornings?” Why not, indeed. Joel and I and a couple other folks (including The Goche, who was celebrating

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Last night

07.24.2007 | 1 Comment

We brewed beer last night! It was awesome. Here’s the lowdown: Southern Monk: We brewed the first batch (and hopefully not the last batch) of our peach Belgian beer, the Southern Monk. All went well, even after Joel peed in the wort. Weissguy Hefeweizen: One week into fermentation, we transferred into kegs. We’re going to

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The last 2 gallons…

07.15.2007 | 0 Comments

While visiting my parents in Nashville this weekend, I decided it might be a good idea to take care of some beer-related house-cleaning. I sterilized a bunch of bottles (we have 20 gallons of IPA to bottle/keg tomorrow) and I finished etching measurements onto the inside of our stainless steel brewpot. I etched up to

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Name that barleywine!

07.10.2007 | 19 Comments

Brewing was a rousing s ccess last night. We currently have 10 gallons of a Christmas barleywine in fermentation. I also have a new favorite smell: boiling barleywine. In addition to the 30+ lbs of grain (which will give it an alcohol content in the teens), we also added candied ginger, cloves and Allspice. It

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Joel acts a fool at the homebrew store

07.08.2007 | 1 Comment

I swear. We can’t take Joel anywhere. Saturday Joel and I made the trek up to the local homebrew store (not so local, by the way). We promptly went crazy like 2 kids in a candy shop. I’ll admit, it’s handy to have Joel there to put together the grain bill, as he knows more

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