Monday, May 18, 2009

...and the Winner is.... WHA?

Well... Get this... the 2009 Brewmaster's Open of Alpharetta was this weekend. Homebrewers from all over the South sent in their entries...and the Judges have named... yes... The Courageous Conductor the Silver Medalist in the Porter category!

Table 12 - Porter (12 Entries)
1 . Bob Carlton, Brewmasters of Alpharetta Alpharetta,GA
BrewDepot Porter
2. Scott Hedeen, The Burnt Hickory Brewery Acworth,GA
The Courageous Conductor

3.Nick Hudson, Carboy Junkies Birmingham,AL

Chocolate Rye Porter
ok.. the rest of my children... went un rewarded.. but i'm just SO happy for this "aling ale" to get some recognition!

Here's a history of all the trauma this beer went thru to get this award.
1. Extreme Blowoff and clogged airlock... went uncovered for 2 day during primary! (i was away for the weekend!)
2. Auto Siphon broke... had to manual siphon... i literally SUCK... no pun... at that.
3. The Carboy for secondary cracked open when i placed it on the tile floor... i lost about a half of a gallon of beer.. huge mess... had to quickly transfer to new carboy (good thing i clean my carboys really well... after i empty them!)... it aerated... it was in trouble.
To think.....i even debated throwing it away!
anyway... congrats to the other winners...and here's to next year!

Cannon Dragger Pale Ale.

Wm J. Hardee's Tactical Pale Ale may have been the worse name of ALL time. SO... i'm trying a new one for the batches of my Casade hopped California style pale ale.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Brewery Update. Beers are MONSTERS.

Working today and tomorrow here in the brewery. Several projects going on.
1. Bottled the latest version of Old Wooden Head IPA. it's a raging one... the OG was 1075 .
here's the recipe!
18lbs American 2 row.
4 lbs Crystal malt.
1 lb White wheat malt
30 mins at 130
45 mins at 155
1oz Chinook 90 mins of boil
1 oz Warrior 60 mins of boil
1 oz Columbus 30 mins of boil
1 oz Centennial 10 mins of boil
1 oz Centennial 2 mins of boil
FORGOT THE IRISH MOSS !? (oh dear. WTF huh?)
White Labs 001 CA ale. (propregated 3 days... got about a 6 oz slurry)
Added 2oz of Centennial Cone/Plugs in secondary.
OG 1075
FG 1005
ABV 9.5%
ALSO... i'm gonna produce 2 brewings of the Hardee's Tactic Ale back to back.
moved Hardee 1 to secondary it's at 1010. (OG 1062. it's 7.3! MONSTER!)
Working on a duplicate tomorrow to get in the tanks.
Hop Rhizomes coming from Delaware. Let the hops gardening begin!

Monday, May 4, 2009

HOPS! i moved the 3rd version of Old Wooden Head to the secondary... Gravity at 1009... and with a OG of 1075... it puts the alcohol level at 9%. Added Centennial Cones (2 ozs) to the secondary as a dry hop... plan to bottle in a week.


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