March 26, 2013

Tap Handle Update

Its one thing for someone to tell you they're making progress, but to send a picture of the progress is even better!  Here's the latest on our tap handle, hopefully we'll have the prototype in a few weeks

March 7, 2013

Test Brew Two

We've always wanted to make a Scottish Ale, and there's no day like today!  Plus Roger Roger is getting antsy, he doesn't like to sit still for too long.  After working out most of Roger's kinks last week, brewing went much smoother (and faster) than the first time. 

As with all new recipes, we're not exactly sure how its going to turn out, but the smell in the brewery was delicious!  This brew combines maris otter and smoked whisky malt to create slightly sweet flavors of caramel and toffee.  [Unnamed Scottish Ale] will be perfect at summer barbecues with its refreshing light-medium body and smoked aroma.

March 5, 2013

Our First Pilot Brew

Now that Roger Roger is settled in, its time to brew!  We've been told that your first brew day is usually a long one, and that definitely true.  From initial cleaning & sanitizing to end-of-brewing clean up spanned 9.5 hours.  We encountered plenty of speed bumps, delays and kinks as Jason (our brewer) learned the system, but we expect (well...hope) our next brew session to speedier!

For our first pilot batch, it was only fitting to brew our homebrew fan favorite, Lawnmower.  If unfamiliar, Lawnmower is a light-bodied blonde ale that drinks easily for hot summer days.  Though light in color and body, Lawnmower is surprising flavorful with a mild hop finish.

It'll be ready in 2 weeks, I'll report back with the results.  Slainte! 

Jason checking the connects
Adding sanitizer to the kettle
Yum, nice mas (this is the grains soaking
in hot water to extract the sugars)
Adding the wort (unfermented beer)
to the kettle for boiling

March 4, 2013

Tap Handles...check!

We placed our first order for tap handles today, woo hoo!  A prototype will be made and delivered in about 4 weeks, then 6 weeks for production.  We kept the design simple, so when you see a blackthorn (shillelagh) tap at your favorite Jersey bar, you'll know its Blackthorn!

Tap handle prototype