Saturday, September 27, 2008

It ain't just good. It's Freaky Good!!!!


It isn't very often that I get all braggadocios about our beers.... Well, maybe I do. All I have to say is that E and I are starting to brew some beers that are "Freaky Good" or, should I say "Scary Good"?! As you know we have been brewing for a long, long time (since 1991) but, we are starting to turn out some beers that are on a level that is as good or better than many commercial brewers are putting out these days. This wheat beer is a perfect example of a perfect beer. I'm telling you.... It is really good! At only 3 weeks old, it is tasting like the best wheat beer you have ever had in your life! That ain't sayin' much, as wheat beers are gay but, I like making the fucking things. Not only that but, I have found that it is harder to make a good light beer than it is to make a good dark, full body, beer. It is harder to cover up the flaws. It is really cool when you can make a beer that looks and tastes as clean as this one does. Yet, it is malty and crisp with a perfect hop balance. It is time to perfect the pils I believe! This is as close as you can get to a pils when you are using 6 row malt and wheat. I have no idea how we get it to be so crisp and clear. It ain't filtered! It must be the protein rest or just the freakiness of our brewing process. Wicked, scary, good stuff!

Freak

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Don't Toss Your 2nd Runnings!

Check out this video! This is a beer I made from the second runnings of 3 different beers. They were a porter, a stout and a wheat beer. I ended up with about 11 gallons of runnings. I added 6 lbs. of DME and boiled it for 3 hours. That's right! 3 hours! I added 2 oz. of cascade hops. 1 oz. at 2 hrs., a 1/2 oz. at 30 mins. and a 1/2 oz. at the end. I boiled it down to 5 gallons and, that gave me an OG of 1.096! I pitched 1 packet of Safale US-05 and it is fermenting like a mother fucker! See for yourself! Watch the video!

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The primary finished in about 3 days. There is a ton of yeast in the bottom. About 4 inches! I have never seen anything like it! I should end up with about 3 1/2 gallons of Jet Fuel! I don't think I should be smoking when I'm drinking this stuff. He He!!!! I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Freakin' Secondary Fermentor

Here it is folks! The new secondary fermentor on it's maiden voyage! I have tried several configurations and, this one seems to make the most sense. I wanted to do a test run with water but, the primary fermentor was full of beer. I did some water runs in the other configurations and, I didn't have any leaks. I was a bit nervous during this process (I would hate to bust a leak and loose $100 worth of beer on the floor) but, it all went well. This will be a nice addition to the Freak Brothers Brewery. We used to secondary in 3 different glass carboys. I have always felt like we were making 3 different beers. This fermentor will allow us to keep our batches together, in a single vessel, all the way to the end. I guess our next step will be 15 gallon Sankey Kegs! Well.... Maybe. Time will tell. Take a look as I rack the beer from the primary to the new secondary. You can make one of these for under $200. Give it a try. Cool stuff!

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Take 2! Sorry folks. I did this while drinkin' a high gravity IPA. I ran out of talent. Take a look at take 2. It ain't much better than the first one. I made one hell of an effort but, it sucked too! I gave up after take 2. I should stick to brewing (and drinking) not video commentary. Enjoy!

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If you would like more info on how to build this fermentor, or where to get the parts, e-mail me at gordie691@mchsi.com.

Freak Out!