Monday, October 30, 2006


A recent Miller Light commercial discussed putting fruits in beers. I've compiled a list of exceptions to the "No Fruiting Beer" Man-Law:

- Lime wedge in Dos Equis Amber Lager. I'm not sure why, but lime bits in this Vienna style lager is a tasty treat.
- Lime in Corona. Similar to above, but in this case the lime gives the beer flavor (Corona doesn't really have a lot of "flavor" of it's own.)


- Orange Slice in wheat beers. Who the hell started that?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Bringing it around, stability

The upgrades to the RCBC have come out well. I've been able to stabilize my wort volumes, original gravities, and mash temps. Good thing, because I need to bring my A-game to the plate next weekend when we brew the club's bourbon vanilla porter.

Friday, October 20, 2006

RCBC v1.1 Online...

It's like seeing your child ride a bike w/o training wheels for the first time. After nearly a month of upgrading I brewed the first batch in the newly renovated brewery. Here's a list of the additions:

- 15 gallon mash tun (up from 12 gal)
- Fully automated pumping system including wort recirculation
- plumbed water delivery to HLT and wort chiller
- graduated sight tube for boil pot

Pump in action (note the clear tube for determining wort clarity)

Wort recirculation in progress

Graduated sight tube (so I start collecting the proper volumes!)
Oh yeah, I found my camera...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

And...we're back...

Following a week of the plague, and vacation I am back in the saddle. Modifications on the brewery are complete, and I plan to brew a stout tomorrow, and perhaps something else Saturday. Last week Drank Tank and I brewed up some chestnut mead (custom recipe) which will be ready sometime in mid-late 2007, and I started another gallon of hard cider.

Went to Blowing Rock, Nc this past weekend and enjoyed a few more Sam Adams O'fest by the fire. Also hit the Six Pence Pub in town and had a few pints of Old Speckled Hen with some fish n was great! I can't wait to get my stout up and on tap with nitrogen!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Brewmaster Down...

Spent the weekend barfing and "blowing mud" as my buddy so eloquently puts it. Finally ate a full meal last night after 3 days of drinking gatorade. Did have a vision about our brown ale with chestnuts (actually my assistant brewmaster's idea). So I shelled a pound of nuts. It took almost two hours and my fingers still hurt! I guess an upcoming meeting will feature nut shelling...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

RCBC Bi-quarterly Meeting...

Octoberfest tasting. The only survivor: Dogtoberfest from the Flying Dog Brewery. Not sure if it is a true lager/o'fest, but it was a damn good brew. Funny, it was the only one I enjoyed. Pete liked them all, but he was hammered and would have passed ram urine...

My buddy brewer from the mountains is bringing 50+ lbs of chestnuts tomorrow...Looking forward to some chetnut brown ale!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Washington Hop Party

Anti-Hops unite against the troubling trend of maximum International Bittering Units:

Monday, October 02, 2006

My Idol

Shout out to Tom Nolan, a homebrewer from the Winston Salem Worthawgs. He teamed up with the pro at Foothills Brewery (where the Worthawgs hold meeting) and brewed up an GOLD MEDAL Baltic Porter for the Great American Beer Festival.

I'm going to get out there this week to try it out for myself!