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Building a pilot brewery

We’re building another brewery. Inside city limits.

09.30.2016 | 29 Comments

Working at a growing brewery

11.13.2015 | 0 Comments

Monday Night Brewing has only been around for 4 years as a revenue-generating entity, so in one sense we’re still making up for 5 revenue-losing years of home-brewing out of our garage. In those 4 short years, we’ve experienced double-digit and triple-digit growth annually, now distribute to two states, and employ a motley crew of

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Something shiny this way comes

09.27.2012 | 8 Comments

We’ve ordered our new brew system, a 4-vessel 30 BBL baby. Joel and Adam took a trip up to DME in Canada to see how construction is coming along. Who is Adam? He’s our new head brewer. More on him later. For now, all you need to know is that Adam is really good at

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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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Let’s make a deal!

09.25.2009 | 1 Comment

We would like to welcome the newest member of the Monday Night family into the world: No, it’s not “Don the Amazing Sales Guy,” it’s the big white box. Our new chest freezer. This means that we will finally be able to brew beer again, because we will have something to keep the fermentation temperatures

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This should be shipping on Monday

08.21.2009 | 5 Comments

Oh please please please please please

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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A serious system upgrade to Brew Magic

06.15.2009 | 13 Comments

I haven’t been this excited about a new toy since I got one of those little cars with a motor in it for Christmas when I was 8. Last week, we placed an order for the Big Poppa of all brewing systems – SABCO’s Brew Magic. There are so many incredible features of this system

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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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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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Homebrewing gets a facelift

05.23.2008 | 6 Comments

Remnants of Joel

04.02.2008 | 8 Comments

I mentioned yesterday that Monday’s brewing went smoothly because of the absence of Joel. That’s not ENTIRELY true. See that picture? Those are random boards of wood. Those boards were supposed to be part of our temperature-controlled fermentation chamber, which would have been exceedingly useful when fermenting our Drafty Kilt. Unfortunately, our “operations” guy wasn’t

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Tonight, we brew!

03.24.2008 | 0 Comments

We got some good feedback from the party on our Swashchuckler IPA and so we decided it’s time to give it another go. (Though we would have brewed our Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale if a certain Joel had gotten our fermentation chamber built). The moral of the story: come by tonight. And don’t trust Joel.

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New levels of dorkiness

03.20.2008 | 8 Comments

We’re building our fermentation chambers for our new pilot brewery, in which we hope to be able to control fermentation temperatures to within a degree or 2. The “hope” part of this is pretty crucial. We’ve had our eye on this temperature monitor to actually verify whether or not our control is unrelenting and supreme.

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There’s more than one way to drench a Joel

03.06.2008 | 0 Comments

Ah, conical fermenters. Ever since we bit the bullet and bought 2 stainless steel conical fermenters from Blichmann about a month ago, we’ve spent probably 30 minutes of every day staring at their shiny surfaces. I’ve actually given up looking for a wife and have settled for Gertrude, Stainless Steel Conical #2. When it came

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Danger: busy Saturday approaching

02.29.2008 | 2 Comments

Tomorrow is arts-and-crafts day at Jeff’s house! Joel will be building out a fermentation chamber for our new conical fermenters. The chamber will involve an insulated box that ducts cold air from our freezer, similar to the one built here by the Duo Team. And while Joel is doing his best to not kill himself,

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Brewing with Blichmann

02.17.2008 | 15 Comments

As Jeff and I started brewing a batch of our Swashchuckler IPA Saturday, we got word from Joel (still under the spell of the Godzilla virus) that our stainless steel conical fermenters had arrived. Well, what choice did we have? We had to go over there, bring them back to Jeff’s, and use them. And

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MNB bites the stainless steel bullet

02.15.2008 | 7 Comments

It takes a lot to get Jeff excited enough to crap himself. Well, he just crapped himself. Why? Because we have two (2) 14.5 gallon stainless steel conical fermenters from Blichmann Engineering arriving on Monday. We’ve been pinching our pennies to splurge on these bad boys, which offer a number of advantages: minimal handling of

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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…

Business meeting tonight. NOT.

11.14.2007 | 4 Comments

So we’ve been pretty busy lately. Not so much with beer as with our regular jobs. Jeff has been working on some mysterious new deal. I just picture him looking out of the window in his corner office yelling “SELL SELL SELL”! Personally, I’ve been busy organizing and conducting focus groups. We were watching moms

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New brewery in the works

10.14.2007 | 1 Comment

The time has come. We’re starting to run into the limitations of our current brewing setup, namely temperature control and exposure of the beer to air (which is usually bad). MNB has had a preliminary planning session for what will become our pilot brewery ? and most likely the same brewery that we will use

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