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Brewing Again (No Comments)

As most of you know, we moved across the country and into a smaller space at the end of the summer. Unfortunately, this means that most of my brewing supplies are now in storage. However, I kept enough to brew one batch at a time and I’ve finally gotten around to ordering supplies for my next batch. We’re not traveling this year, so I’m going to brew a batch of Beerios Nut Brown Ale over the Holidays. It should be ready in time for the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

I have two problems though. The first is that I didn’t bring any empty bottles with me. So, I need to get 55 beer bottles before mid January. This might be a good problem to have, because I usually get empty bottles by drinking the beer from full ones. I also need to find friends willing to help me drink the beer, but free (and tasty) beer usually solves that problem for me.

I still have plans to update the website with a new look, and I’ve been checking out different WordPress Themes to use. I’d like to still have some orange (or copper) color in the site design, but I’m looking for a cleaner and perhaps more professional look and feel. If you any theme suggestions, or other design suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.

Finally, I’d really like to publish all of my beer recipes to this website eventually. I started working on developing my own recipe calculator to accomplish that, but then I recently started working again and I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it. In the mean time, I will try to find another program for creating html recipe pages that I can post on the website.

– Chris

Last Party and Moving (1 Comment)

We had our last house party two weeks ago, and we have moved to an apartment for the summer. The party went well and we drank through 56 bottles of beer. We still have 5 cases of beer and 1.5 cases of mead. We need to drink them up before the big move across the country.

The Scotch Ale has definitely turned out well, but it’s still a little flat. The Beerios and IPA have conditioned well. The IPA seems a little sweet to me and I will reduce the malt by 2 pounds for the next batch. I think that will make it a little dryer and balance the sweetness with the bitterness. Scotch Ale also seems a little sweet, but that will improve with age if it fully carbonates.

This page is bound to be a little quieter than usual over the next few months. I;m not planning to brew again until we’ve moved to California. Once we’ve moved I will have to learn how to brew in a small space and the number of batches I produce will certainly be reduced.

– Chris

Last Bottling (No Comments)

Last night we bottles our last batches of beer at our current location. The Beerios Nut Brown and the IPA. They tasted good going into the bottles, so carbonation should only help. I will admit that the IPA didn’t seem to have quite as strong of an Aroma as I had hoped. It still seemed a little sweet, so I think might reduce the malt in future batches to produce a drier beer. In some ways, I think this is just my preferences changing.

We will be having a party or two to help drink up our stock of beer, especially the old stuff. We usually refer to this as the ‘special reserve’ and we have quite a few pumpkin ales and chocolate stouts left over from Halloween. Once we’ve chosen dates, I’ll start inviting people to the party.

– Chris

Malware and Broken Bottles (2 Comments)

We’ve been hacked or attacked or whatever the correct term is. Anyhow, trying to visit our site may cause you to see a ‘Reported Attack Site’ warning. Apparently, our site was distributing malware, but it never actually infected anyone because no-one visits. I’ve removed all suspicious files from the website and upgraded wordpress to address the problem. I was using an outdated version and suspect that is what led to bad things happening and the logs seem to agree. Now I just need to wait for Google to review the status of site and determine that the problem has been fixed.

The other half of the title is less interesting. We’ve experienced our first bottle explosion. I was in the basement over the weekend and heard an odd sound. When I went to investigate, I found a broken bottle of Farmhouse Ale. I’m glad I was down there because these things get very stick if they dry. Over the last several months, I’ve been calling it the Foamhouse Ale, because every time I opened one I would pour a glass of foam and then a glass of beer. I guess the pressure has finally reached the critical point. Anyhow, I have 10 bottles of Farmhouse Ale left and I think I should drink them very quickly. I’m happy to give them away as well. 🙂 On that note, I’m also looking to offload a case of disappointing Trappist/Abbey Ale and the few remaining bottles of Swill.

On to better news. We finally bottled the Scotch Ale and our initial impression is that it is going to be a wonderful beer. The smoke is better balanced than the last batch, it’s very malty, and it has a thick, creamy texture. We’ve also brewed an IPA and a batch of Beerios (Nut Brown). Those will be ready to bottle in a couple of weeks. Sometime in May we will probably have the first of several ‘Drink up our Beer’ parties before we relocate.

– Chris

UPDATE: Google reviewed the site and we are no longer listed as an attack site.

Updates (No Comments)

So it has been a long time since we have updated. Things have been changing here at the brewery. We knew we would have to relocate and that that would not necessarily be within the states. As such, we are slowing down our brewing as to not have a lot of stock to move when the time comes. We have recently found out that our new location will be in sunny Pasadena, Ca. And we couldnt be more excited.

So, in the spirit, we are brewing again (though not at our usual rate). We just made a batch of our scotch ale.  We followed the recipe from last time except that we reduced the peat smoked moss and did not add a finishing hop. We havent tasted it yet, so, more about that later.

Cindy



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