Category Archives: From the Brewery

Graff

Wow, Been way too long since I posted, but in that time a bunch of folks I know have been brewing cider and it got me all fired up.  So I decided to make some ‘Graff’ tonight. My understanding is … Continue reading

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Fermentation Chamber

Had a request for some details on my fermentation chamber. It’s a pretty simple plywood box on a stand and casters, lined with styrofoam insulation board. I modified the cheapest, smallest window ac unit I could find to move the … Continue reading

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Pinoccio/Arduino controlled Fermentation Chamber Monitor/Controller

So, Brewing beer here in the desert is a challenge in the summer.  One of the most important things you can do to brew good beer is to make sure that you control the temperature during fermentation.  Too high a … Continue reading

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Hops are hopping!

I think I need to trim these guys back a little bit.  Cascade on the left, Goldings in the middle, Nugget at the far end. Really hope to get some hops out of these guys this year.  

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Brewed up a Special Bitter Last night

Keg inventory is getting a little low, so decided to brew up a Special Bitter last night. OG of 10.50, pale ale extract, some crystal malt, fuggles hops, and West Yorkshire 1469 yeast.  It’s always nice when you wake up … Continue reading

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  Bottled some of the Manifesto Mango and Spine bender today. I had kegged both of these beers and force carbonated them.  It gives me more control over the carbonation level, and makes the beers ready faster than using corn … Continue reading

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A Couple of new labels

Will be doing some bottling this weekend, so need to get some labels ready. Worked with Greg Lonesome at the Rock and Roll manifesto on both of these beers and labels. Loving the way the labels turned out, can’t wait … Continue reading

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Peach Small beer 1 gallon experiment

Ok, Up next is from the same mother batch as the black beery.  In fact, everything was pretty much the same except for using peaches instead of black berries during the primary and only fermentation. Again, Nice, Light, effervescent, and … Continue reading

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Black Berry Small beer Experiment.

Made a little 1 gallon batch of beer from the second runnings from the Mango Monster. Added a couple of handfuls of blackberries during the primary, and only fermentation. Turned out nice, effervescent, and light.with a touch of blackberry.  Not … Continue reading

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Brewing Updates

Had to do a little Brew work today. Needed to keg the summer ale.  Managed to get about 8 gallons out of the fermenter.  I had some issues with it as the dry hops I put in kept plugging the … Continue reading

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