Just a note to encourage our beer loving friends to check out Untappd to enjoy some social connections with your favorite brews. Brass Hat just threw its brass in the ring as a home brewer of interest...my interest anyway!
This month marked a new effort from Brass Hat Brewing. This one is essentially another IPA, initially intended to aim at a red, but ultimately looking to be closer to a nice golden hue. We employed generous amounts of Simcoe, Zythos, Galaxy & Ahtanum hops and employed Wyeast 1056. This sucker blew the lid off during it's first 24-hours in the fermenter, which leads us to great expectations in another few weeks when it should be ready for drinking. The previous couple of months included a couple somewhat hoppy brown ales preceded by a well hopped IPA. Both came out very much to our satisfaction. We plan to make further variations on the same recipes. Right now I'm just anxious to see how this IGA comes out. We seem to be on a good roll. Water issues behind us. Anyone else have something in the hopper?
Off the brewing theme a bit but I've used this provider of craft beers and the experience has been good. So with the prospect of getting a little kickback for myself (and so can you) here's a link to check out if you're interested. LetsPour
Evidence that Brass Hat Brewing is progressing through its second year with a successful transition to all grain brewing from Brewmaster Ohoove's own handcrafted recipes. Assorted IPA's and brown ales with satisfying results. The brewmaster's state-of-the-art facility shown here with assistant Durge (also known as "Igor" on brew days). We mash, we sparge, we drink, we enjoy. I'll update more specifics on the future brews and hope others will do the same here on Conicalogical.
No, it's not a play on words with the Welsh post-hardcore band or a song by this guy.
What you see pictured above was a beer tasting of epic proportions to honor our dear Twitter friend, Hipster Brewfus (the bald one with facial hair.... wait. Huh?). Many thanks need to be given to Mark, owner/brewer of Relic Brewing in Plainville, Nikki from J. Timothy's and the attendees for their unprecedented generosity. Gifts of time, space, food, beer and geekiness made this a historic event of brotherly (and sisterly) beer love.
Below is a list of beers donated for this event that took place the evening of August 14, 2012 at the space next to Relic Brewing. Please comment or e-mail with any changes or updates, as there may have been some drinking involved during compilation of said list:
*whew* There is also a comprehensive list at Brewing Some Fun's classy and informative blog, so check it out. Thanks again to everyone who made this event possible. Be on the lookout for Hipster Brewfus, who will soon be trolling through Baltimore and the surrounding areas for epic beers to trade back to CT. Again, he's the bald guy with facial hair pictured above. It just never gets old. |Gambrinus|
Cheesy title, I know.....
It's been a little while since communicating with the Conicalogical, but with the holidays are behind us and with unattainable resolutions on the horizon, I thought it fitting to check in to see what new brew developments are out there. From the Outer Bass Brewing Co. (formerly the Black IPAs, currently Nick & I) we re-named our group and also produced our first brew of the year: a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale clone from a Maltose Express kit. We think it came out pretty damn good; creamier than the commercial brew but not as hopped out. We'll have to hold another Brew Jam @ Durge's to poll results from the Conicalogical and friends.
What's in your brew kettle these days? Cheers! |Gambrinus|
During my recent, forced time off due to "winter" storm Albert, I found myself yearning to brew. Since Nick and I haven't been able to get together to do a proper brew, I decided to dust off the old Mr. Beer kit and throw together one of my nearly "expired" batches. I decided to make a brew that I've made before, their "Octoberfest" marzen-styled amber lager. For those who don't know, Mr. Beer is an all-extract "fake and bake" type of kit that yields a paltry 2-gallons of beer. I don't want to knock it too hard at all, since Mr. Beer provided my first brewing experience. What I want to know is, what's your take on the legitimacy of extract kits like Mr. Beer, all-malt deals like professional brewers and avid homebrewers utilize, or combo packs such as the ones Nick and I have used from Maltose Express in Monroe (shameless plug). Check this video of brewing legend Garret Oliver using (and even COMPLIMENTING) the Mr. Beer brewing process:
So, now that you've seen this testimonial, what's the opinion of the Collective and others alike? Do you vehemently deny that anyone should participate in all-extract brewing? Should I chuck my other Mr. Beer kits and coordinate a real brew date ASAP? Extract, all-malt ......... both? Bueller? |Gambrinus|
It seems like most of what I've read about using a refractometer to easily check specific gravity of your brew has been encouraging, yet I don't know anyone actually using one. I'm interested in anyone's input on the subject. I'm all for ease if accuracy is at least equivalent. They don't seem to cost all that much. - Craig
I'd like to kick things off with a comment about the most recent addition to the Brass Hat Brewing catalogue, our "Smokey The Beer", a smoked amber ale based on a Northern Brewers extract kit. Out of all the beers we've made to date, this is the first to come up limp. The rest have been nicely carbonated and produced bountiful heads and lacing, but this one is very tame to say the least. It tastes so good that I still enjoy it a lot, but I'm wondering what went wrong here considering we think we followed the same procedure for every beer. Having tried a few, Ron & I don't think the caps were poorly applied on all of them. Any ideas on why this would happen? Suggestions? Craig
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Craig of Brass Hat Brewing in Watertown, CT