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The Bottling Process

13 Jan

20140111_212452This Saturday it had been two weeks since we brewed our Everyday IPA from the Brooklyn Brew Shop and it was time to bottle. The directions we were working with that I printed from the Brew Shop’s website was not very descriptive of this step but their video was much more helpful. It took us a little under an hour and we didn’t loose much in the process.

We first had to siphon the beer out of the jug into a pot with 3 tablespoons honey 20140111_213832dissolved in 1/2 cup of water leaving the settled yeast at the bottom. Supposedly the sugar from the honey adds carbonation. Then we had to siphon the beer into each of the bottles. We got almost seven full Grolsch bottles, which are 15.2 fl oz so slightly larger than a regular beer.

I don’t know how I would have done this step by myself. It took all three of us to make this happen. Now in two weeks we can put it in the fridge overnight and then drink! I’m hoping after all this work that we actually did it correctly and it will taste like beer.

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Texas Craft Brews

7 Jul

My Uncle Lee just got back last week from his bird expedition in Texas and brought back some Texas craft brews for us to try. I don’t know much about the beer so i’ll offer what I thought about each of the brews. He said each pack is probably around $8 for 4 to 6 beers.

Karback Brewing Weiss Versa from Houston, Texas: This one was one of my favorites. It was light and fruity.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Icon Amarillo Hefe from Houston, Texas: Lee said it was the oldest micro brewery in Houston. It was a little hoppier than i’d usually pick in a brew but still pretty good.

Independence Brewing Stash IPA from Austin, Texas: IPA’s are not my favorite and this one was very bitter for my liking.

No Label Brewing Company Ridgeback Ale from Katy, Texas: It had a carmel taste and was smooth and rich, very refreshing.

Southern Star Brewing Company Buried Hatchet Stout from Conroe, Texas: I enjoy stouts but this one was a little bitter for me.

Real Ale Brewing Company Devil’s Backbone Abbey Style Ale from Blanco, Texas: This is a Belgian style tripel, sweet and smooth with medium hops. Lee said it was made with rock candy that they also make in house.

 

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Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

15 Apr

My dad just got back from a work trip to Wisconsin last week and informed me I would love it there because of all the breweries. I believed him except for the fact that I can’t stand the cold weather. He bought a six pack of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy for me to try mentioning that he knew I would like the way it tasted. He was so right, this beer is delicious. Brewed in Chippewa Falls, WI this weiss beer is brewed with honey and has natural lemonade flavor added. They had me at lemonade flavor. It costs around $6.99 for a six pack from ABC. It smells like lemonade and doesn’t really taste that much like beer. It has a refreshing balance of sweet and tart. This would be a great brew for someone who doesn’t really like the taste or hops or yeast very much. It almost reminds me of an alcoholic soda. If you could make this beer into a slushy it would be the perfect summer treat. 

Gallery 15 Apr

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Yuengling Factory

5 Feb

Part of my 23rd birthday gift from my father was to take me on a tour of the Yuengling brewery in Tampa. There was so much information given I wish I had brought my voice recorder to help me remember it all. I was seriously impressed. They have been family owned since 1829 making it literally America’s oldest brewery. The factory makes about a million bottles a day and they are currently expanding to double that.

The tour takes you through all aspects of the brewing process. You get to see the mash press and all the huge equipment they use to sterilize and bottle the beer with. They even take you into the lab and let you smell the different ingredients they use. I had no idea that beer tasting was more complicated than wine tasting. Apparently there are around 2,000 flavors to a beer that a taster has to be able to identify versus around 200 per wine. And I thought wine was more complicated.

At the end of the about hour long tour visitors get to taste their brews on tap. They don’t have a liquor license so they can’t sell you the beer but they can give it away for free, although they limit you to two small pours. I tried the Lord Chesterfield Ale and the Bock since I had never heard of them before. The Lord Chesterfield was too hoppy for my liking but the Bock was a darker brew that went down much smoother. 

Tours are free and they have about three a day. Check out their calendar and plan a visit so next time you grab some brews you can even further appreciate the years or expertise that went into the delicious Yuengling you’re drinking.

Gallery 5 Feb

Tour of the Yuengling brewery in Tampa, FLA.