Friday, July 16, 2010

Enjoying a cask porter at Mad Fox! It's packed.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Enjoying an IPA at the southernmost brewery in the US. Kelly's in Key West. Cheers!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Golden & Strong

Just like Tango & Cash, Golden & Strong make a beautiful yet deadly combination.

For my birthday, my in-laws gave me a colonna corker. As I am excited to use this nasty red corking machine, I decided to brew a golden strong belgian ale Sunday afternoon for ultimate packaging in a wire-cage belgian bottle. I think this one is going to be the 2010 HolzBrew Holiday Ale. Current front runner for a proper name is "Reindeer Games." Thoughts?

I've got a little footage from brew day, that I may package into a montage, but only when I have time to do such things. Currently, I am employing an old homebrew trick to keep my primary temperatures around 68 degrees for the first 3 days. I placed the fermenter in the bathtub with about a 2-3 inches of cool water in the tub. Then I draped an old t-shirt over the fermenter making sure that the t-shirt touches the pooled water. The water works its way up the shirt soaking it through. Next I have a fan pointed at the wet t-shirt which causes the water in the shirt to evaporate faster. As the water evaporates it takes some of the heat from the fermenter with it. Ultimately cooling the fermenter several degrees. As seen below:

It's good for dropping a fermentation a few degrees, so it's great for summertime ale brewing. It's not quite enough for lager brewing.

Keep it cool,