Archive for August, 2009

Single Hop IPA

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I just pitched the yeast into my first batch of Single Hop IPA.  I used Centennial Hops.  1 oz. at 75, 60, 30, and 10 minutes.   It was a 90 minute boil.  I have one more oz. to dry hop it with.  In the process of doing that, I prepared to bottle the Wit Bier and moved the Belgian Imperial IPA to secondary fermentation.


The Wit Bier produced 23-22 oz. bottles and 6-12 oz. bottles.

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FIG Restaurant

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I had the opportunity to eat at FIG in Charleston this past week. Definitely the best place in town for dinner.   What once was a restaurant that focussed mainly on wine to compliment the cuisine, has now diversified their beer selection.   It’s nice to see some good beers grace the drink list.  I tried the Sweetbreads as an appetizer with a Chimay, and Trigger Fish with a Victory Prima Pils.  Awesome…….


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Belgian Imperial IPA

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

We brewed the Belgian Imperial IPA yesterday and it seems to have turned out well so far.  We used about 15lbs of Pale Ale Malt, 1 lb Cara Pils, and some Special Malt.   During the boil we used  6 oz of hops icluding Amarillo, Centennial, Willamette, UK  Challenger and Fuggles.  At the end we used a Belgian Strong yeast strain. It weighed in at 7.75% abv and seemed to have a pretty good balance.  Fermentation took off quick.  I think I want to add some more hops for secondary fermentation.  If anybody has any suggestions or recommendations for dry hopping this style, let me know. BelgianImperialIPA

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Dispensary Course At Micro Matic

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I recently took a great three day course at Micro Matic in Florida on how to install, clean and maintain draught beer systems.  The class consisted of 2 instructors and about 15 participants all from different areas of the beer industry.  We were taught how to install direct draw, air cooled, glycole systems, etc….. I went to the course to learn the best way to clean lines, but walked away having gained a ton of knowledge on the complete breakdown of keg systems and quality control for beer.  I highly recommend the course.  Here’s a link……


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Southern Tier un-earthly

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I tried a Southern Tier Un-earthly Imperial Pale Ale for the first time.  It’s amazing how well balanced this beer is.  At 11% abv, this drinks incredibly smooth.  Medium bodied, citrusy, floral and herbaceous.  I had it with roasted fish, potatoes and corn and it worked well.  SouthernTierUnearthly

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My Current Beers

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

This past Wednesday, August 12th me and a friend brewed a Wit Beer for the first time.  We only used about 10 lb of wheat and 3 oz of hops for a 5.5 gl batch.  I’m thinking it’ll be a nice easy drinking, end of the summertime beer.  Fermentation took off quick and it smells delicious.  I also went ahead and bought ingredients for the next batch.  I felt like doing a Belgian IPA so I went ahead and got about 17 lb of grain, 6 oz of hops, and a Belgian Strong Ale yeast.  I figure it’s something that I can stash away and drink with everybody at Thanksgiving.  It should be pretty strong.

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