Category: Brett’s Beer Company

Rob’s Belgian Dubbel- Batch 37 bottled

Yesterday my boss Rob and I bottled up our 10 gallons of Belgian Dubbel.  Final gravity came out to 1.018.  Doing the math we have 1.086-1.018=.068 x 105= 7.14 x 1.25= 8.9% alcohol by volume.  8.9%!!!  That’s the highest alcohol by volume for any beer I’ve done, not counting my mead. Tasting it I knew …

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Brewing a Belgian Dubbel- Batch 37

So, my amazingly cool boss, Rob Morrison, wanted to brew a Belgian Dubbel. No problem, I told him.  Grabbed my clone recipe book, we flipped through it, and we decided on doing the clone of Ommegang Abbey Ale.  Wanting to know what I’m brewing, I of course grabbed a bottle for Rob and I to …

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Liberty Pale Ale bottled- Batch 36

Last night (10/13/2010) I finally got around to bottling my Liberty Pale ale.  I had run out of the regular sanitizer solution I use, so I resorted to a Papazian suggestion:  Using bleach and then rinsing with hot water.  Sampling the beer I was glad to not notice any bleach in it (thanks, Charlie!)  I …

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Liberty Pale Ale redux- Batch 36

Friday afternoon I decided I was going to make some beer.  So, I grabbed the kids, threw them in the van and headed off to Steinbarts.  On the way, I began to ponder what beer I would make.  Hmmm….. I was tempted to redo my standard hefeweizen (i.e. my half-a-weizen), but I began to think …

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Mead Bottled- Batch 35

I brewed this batch of mead at the beginning of January, and on today July 3rd I finally bottled it. The first thing I noticed was the aroma.  A definite strong alcohol smell with the wonderful esters of honey.  The yeast looked very strange at the bottom of the carboy, like some undersea silt with …

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Lucky Stout Bottled- Batch 36

Finally got around to bottling my Beamish clone.  Bottling 10 gallons of beer is a task, let me tell you.  To make things more difficult, I thought my bottle filler was broke, as it wouldn’t stop pouring.  After a bit I got it working again, but it was still dripping slowly.  Will have to replace …

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A New Pot and A Batch of Stout- Batch 36

My wife got me the best birthday present ever.  She got me a 15 gallon brew pot. This thing is so stinking big I can stick both my boys in it and have room for veggies!  (Note:  I am NOT endorsing cannibalism!  I’ll leave that to the British Navy. 😉  ) So, what do you …

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Mead – Batch 35

Ok, I’ve been negligent lately on my blog.  So much so that I can’t remember the exact day I brewed by first batch of mead.  I believe it was the 23rd of December, so I’ll go with that. Deciding to brave this journey, I began with a very basic mead recipe.  15 pounds of honey, …

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Unspoken Passion and Holiday Cheer Bottled

Last Friday (12/11) I was finally able to get to bottling my two batches of beer, my Holiday Cheer and my Unspoken Passion Imperial Stout (batches 33 and 34).  I had originally planned on transferring the stout to a secondary to help it settle, but with my time limitations I just went straight to bottling. …

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How To Use 11lbs of Raspberries – Batch 34

So, if you have 11lbs of raspberries, want something reminiscent of chocolate and raspberries, and you love beer, what do you do?  Easy!  Make Papazian’s Unspoken Passion Imperial Stout. So, this freaking expensive beer makes 6.5 gallons, and takes 6lbs light malt extract, TWO 4lb stout kits, 1.5lbs crystal malt, 1/2lb black roasted malt, 3/4lb …

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