Friday, May 20, 2011

Well....

The whole band thing didn't go quite as well as we would have hoped, but we are still jamming and hoping to play shows in the not too distant future.

Life has been super busy. I'm getting married in less then 2 months!

But back to the beer. I have a Bavarian Hefe that I just bottled a week ago. Updated to come.

Also, I will be looking into working with a coffee stout. I don't have many details yet, but I will be back to report on that as well.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Been a While

Well, I haven't used this in a long time but I guess now is just as good as any to start again. I have been super busy with things. I have been putting a ton of time into my band. Breaking Sanity. Check out our facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

I am working on the design of our webpage breakingsanity.com. The site is not up yet, but I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kolsch, Haus Pale Ale and Octoberfest

Well I have had both the Kolsch and Pale Ale sitting in secondary for about 3 weeks now and I can't wait to get these beers bottled and taste one. As for my next brew, I am planning an Octoberfest Ale. Not like the traditional because it will not be lagered, but this beer is going to be amazing. Along with that I will be making a Pumpkin Ale in the not too distant future.

As for the Octoberfest, I will be tossing it on my Kolsch yeast cake and saving some money on liquid yeast. The California ale yeast used for my Pale Ale will be washed and I will save 3 or 4 mason jars for future use.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

An Interesting Idea



Well I talked to my uncle who has a greenhouse and sells an array of herbal things. His website is www.basementshaman.com/. Since I have jumped into the home brewing scene, I have been searching for ways to satisfy my need for ways to make the hobby turn into an obsession. Well I have found it, growing hops. I initially planned to grow my own to save money and it would be cool to say the only thing I bought for this beer is the grain. But because of the greenhouse I may be trying to make this into something a little bigger. I also have an acre of land in Woodstock that I have at my disposal so I plan on buying about 10 rhizomes and planting 2 in the green house and 8 in the acre of land. These plants will yield very little if any hop cones, but it is a two year investment that I plan to pursue. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but an average acre of hop plants yields about 2000 pounds of dried hops. So 2000*16*$3.00/oz = $96,000 in profit minus the cost to grow and time. I will be happy to have enough for myself to brew, but maybe in some years down the road I could make a decent amount of money on the side growing and selling hops. Hey if I could make $30,000 a year extra that would be nice! So that ends my brilliant idea, more to come.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Pretty Cool

Are you tired of having issues with you xbox 360? I am, it won't read disks and freezes sometimes too. I found this place online with a google search and it is awesome. Click here to go there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's been a while..

Well, since the last post I have opened my beer and it really enjoy it. It is a little heavy on the fusel alcohols, but I know how to fix that. I am planning on brewing my first two batches this Sunday. I'm pretty excited and plan on doing a Kolsch and a Pale ale.

But enough with the brew. I went camping this past weekend. Tons of fun! It rained hard on Friday night, but we survived. On Friday we went out on the pontoon and that is always a good time.

My girlfriend is having her endoscopy tomorrow. She is nervous, but I know everything will be alright. Goodnight.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The next step.

Well, I bottled my beer today. It all went quite well and I had no problems at all. I bottled 49 bottles. I plan on tasting one every week for three weeks until the beer is ready. The beer should be alright, but I know it will only get better after this. I invested some money into a fermentation cabinet. I made it out of oak and it has ended up being a very nice piece of furniture. This will help me keep the yeasties at their optimum range.

On a side note, my brother is going back to school tomorrow. I miss that kid, and now I don't even get the whole summer with him. I live with my girlfriend in our condo and ever since we both went away to school I have been missing him. Oh well, time goes on. I guess I will just have to take some time and go visit him at Bradley.