Here it is, the start of the holiday season. The Freak brothers have been on hiatus for a couple of weeks now with both of us juggling family commitments and making the rounds for Thanksgiving meals. It is now time to start brewing again. I'm pretty sure Freak is getting low on beer, 36 gallons won't last forever you know. So far, since the end of September, we have made: Red Cock Ale, E's Special Bitter, Shit Brown Ale, E's Fucking Stout and WTF (What the Fuck) Pale Ale. That's not to bad for a couple of months brewing. It's time to start with a new yeast strain for the next batch of beers in December. We are looking to use a British strain probably "ESB" and jacking up the malt content in the recipes. The beer has been good but a little thin on body, I think it has to do with the yeast fermenting down so low and only 25lbs 2 row per recipe, which would be good for 15 gallons but not so much for 18 gallons. We should start brewing again this weekend and we will update the blog accordingly with drunken video clips, pictures and other nonsense. Until then "relax, don't worry, have a home brew". "E" out...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here it is folk's! This is the Oatmeal Stout from 2 weeks ago. I killed a keg of brown ale and made room in the fridge for some EFS! God I Love Beer! Take a look!
I'm 6 pints to the wind so, sorry about the poor quality of the video. I guess you are used to it by now. So, no big deal!
Posted by Keith Gordon at 12:17 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This is a really cool idea that I got from a friend in the beer club. It is a good way to label your beer so you know what is what. If you brew a lot of beer, and you need a way to keep track of it, this is a great way to do it. If you enter beer competitions, this will help you keep track of what you have in stock. Just take the sticker off when it is time to enter your beer. Check out the video!
I hope this tip was helpful. Thanks for the idea Brian! Brew on brother!
Posted by Keith Gordon at 10:43 PM
The pale ale is gone and I need a good brew to cure what ales me. So, it is time to keg the brown ale. I would love to secondary it for 6 months E but, I'm fucking thirsty right now! No time to wait. As I have always said, "You never know when your drinkin' your last homebrew".
Not sure if you noticed but, the brown ale is lookin' real good and so am I! Not! He He! It really turned out nice. However, just as we predicted, it is closer to a porter than a brown ale. The OG was 1.050. That clearly puts it inside the BJCP guidelines for a brown but, it also fits the profile of a porter. E suggests we enter it in the state fair in both categories. I suggest we both enter the same beer, in either (or both) category, and see who wins. That would be some funny shit. Those beer nerds would trash one of us and say the other was the best beer they ever had. Trust me I have seen that kind of objectivity take place before. I say we should do it. That would be some funny shit!
Here Is what she looks like. One thing I must say is that we never have a problem with head or head retention. It always seems to be great!
Posted by Keith Gordon at 8:50 PM
Monday, November 5, 2007
On November 3, 2007 we brewed a batch of Oatmeal Stout. In addition, we re-pitched the yeast (1056) from a Brown Ale that we made the week before. That same yeast was also used in the Pale Ale that you can see us drinking, in the videos posted, since October 20th. The Pale Ale was brewed the week prior to the Brown. As you can tell, we have been very busy boys. This series of videos, "wobbly" as they may be, documents the process of back to back batches of beer. One after the other. The first video is the addition of the grain (for the EFS) to the mash tank.
The grain bill goes as follows:
25 lbs. Briess 2 Row Pale Malt
3 lbs. Flaked Oats
3 lbs. Crystal 60 L
1.5 lbs. Chocolate Malt
1.5 lbs. Roasted Barley
Total Grain: 34 lbs.
Mash recirculation. The damn thing kept getting plugged with grain. Not sure why. That never happens. Oh well. It's still gonna be a great stout.
While we are mashing out, we are pulling yeast off of the bottom of a previous batch of beer. It is a brown ale. This is the 3rd time we have used this yeast.
Here I am putting the brown ale into glass carboys (I do a secondary fermentation in glass to free up the primary fermenter) after I removed the yeast for re-pitching into the stout.
Filling the carboys with brown ale! But, I must inform you all that this is not water! E was too drunk to commentate this video properly. Drunk Fucker!
This is the sparge process. I have a 20 gallon sparge tank and this shower head type sparge ring. We are sparging at 170 degrees. This works real well.
We are cleaning the fermenter to get it ready for the oatmeal stout.
The brew pot is full, the grain is spent and so are we.
Let the boil begin! The chinook (12.9 alpha acid) hops smelled great! Watch this thing boil.
If you have ever boiled over on your stove top, you ain't seen nothin' yet! I have done it twice. Both times I lost more wort than most of you have ever brewed in a single session. It makes a hell of a mess. Good thing my brewery is all contained. I just bust out the hose and wash it down the floor drain. Kinda sucks loosing 5 gallons of wort.
In go the aroma hops. Cascades (5.0 alpha acid) and some Irish moss. Notice the pale ale setting on top the fermenter. Mmmmmmmm. We is toasted!
The boil is done and the fun begins! If you don't have a wort chiller (or you have a sucky one), you gotta see the next clip.
This is how you go about spilling a 1/2 gallon of wort on the floor. The next take went better and we appear less intoxicated.
Just kickin' back and chillin'! The wort that is.
I'm not going to waste my time turning this video upright just because E thinks he is some kind of fancy schmantzy videographer. Turn the fucking camera the right way next time E!
I like the way E pitches the yeast but, I can't believe he drank some of it. Watch that goofy fucker at the end. I think he took a swig!
Well, thats it. Homebrew, Freak Brother Style! I hope you enjoyed the videos. Please leave your comments and insults. We look forward to showing you what can be accomplish even if you are an alcoholic. He He!
Posted by Keith Gordon at 9:40 PM
Friday, November 2, 2007
The Pale Ale is ready and, it has been requested that I video myself as I get intoxicated. Well, I'll do my best to give you what you want. I'm on my 5th pint and I will pour my 6th on camera. Other videos will follow.
Gettin' ripped with Freak and The Dead Kennedy's! Pint #6 is better than pint #5. I expect #7 to be even better. #8 should be real good! #9 is gonna blow my mind!!! Too bad you aren't here E! It sucks to be you! I promise I will save a few drops for tomorrow's brew session. He He!!!!
I was right, as I always am. Pint # 7 is better than #6. I think I will kick back and listen to some more tunes while I suck down the Pale Ale that E is so desperately waiting to drink tomorrow. I hope I have some left. That would suck if I drank it all tonight and, we didn't have any beer to drink in the morning. He He! Sucks to be sitting on the South side of Des Moines, miles away from what I am enjoying right now. Doesn't it E?
I am laughing my ass off, as I watch our efforts go down my throat!
This is some good beer! Just think how good it will taste tomorrow! I'm at 7.5 now. 8 is coming soon. After that will be 9 followed by 10. Then comes 11. I can count still. Thats good. I won't even need to count tomorrow because we will have 0 beers left. It is easy to count to zero. You must be pissed right now. He He!
Pouring #8 was easier than #7 because, I knew I was 1 beer closer to keeping you from getting one of your own. Freak on full display for all to see! God Save the Queen!
PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS... Ahhhh!! He He!
This is some funny shit! Filming myself getting tanked! F.U.B.A.R.ed!
Posted by Keith Gordon at 9:28 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Well E! Too bad I'm here and you are there! Cause I'm gettin' good head and your not! He He! Look at the froth! Well, I guess you will just have to sit and wait to taste this one. It tastes great. Sorry that I'm the one that has to tell you about it. It is pretty hoppy. Not quite an IPA but, close to it. You were going for the Sierra Nevada and, I think you came close to it. I will know more when it is colder. Sorry Sucker!
Hey Freak I would like to say that you've shown your usual patience when waiting to keg up the beer. I'm glad it looks and tastes good and can't wait have a few while we're brewing the next batch "E"
Posted by Keith Gordon at 12:27 AM