Growing, Growing, Gone! (Hops Update)

Posting some pictures of the hop progress. The 4th years have reached the top of the trellis and beyond. The first years have taken off in the last 3 days. Pictures go from Oldest (top pic) to newest (bottom pic). I've made the first year trellis much smaller than the fourth years. Next season we will bump it up in size.

Brew day was pushed from last Saturday to this weekend sometime. Transfering Hoppy as Hell IPA to secondary before Friday.

The Masters

No, not brew masters. I was lucky enough to attend the Masters this past April with my father. It had always been a dream to go. To this brewer, The Masters is bigger than the Super bowl, NCAA Championship, and all other major sporting events combined. During the practice rounds you are allowed to bring a camera. I have posted some of the pictures I took. It’s a little change from the normal topics, but I had such a great time that I wanted to share it with you all.

The place is beyond perfect. Not a single blade of grass that isn’t supposed to be there. Not a bad spot anywhere. The skills of the guys playing is beyond imagination. I've been "playing" golf for over half my life. If I could just have one shot per round that’s on the levels as almost every one of theirs, I'd be thrilled. Food was incredibly affordable. Sandwiches were $1.50, most expensive import beer was $3 for 16oz. Not bad at all. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Brew day this weekend. Post will follow immediately after. CHEERS!

Crooked Donkey Brew Day

This past Sunday saw the first ever Crooked Oak and Atomic Donkey Brewery collaboration. We moved our equipment into the new brewery and went from there. The move went without incident. With all the equipment I wasn’t sure if it would all get there in one piece. Somehow we managed. Next was getting it through the door. A few hinge removals later and we fit through no problem. Some adjustments had to be made once we were inside. After roughly an hour or so the brew day began.

Things at Crooked Oak are very accessible and well placed. It was very nice. Very few hiccups along the way. Our brew this day was an IPA. Recipe will be posted shortly after this article is complete. It was a 5 gallon batch. Didn’t want to tackle much more on our first day in the brewery. Be on the lookout for some 10 and 15 gallon batches very soon. While things were mashing and boiling we did some work along the outside of the brewery. Some hop trellises were hung and hop vines wrapped. It was a nice day for all things beer related.

Big thanks to Carl at Crooked Oak. Good people, good brewing, and good beer.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale US-05
Yeast Starter: NO
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.074
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 140
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: 8 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 days @ 68F
Tasting Notes: Mash 152F for 60min

13.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 86.67 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt (7.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
0.50 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
2.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (60 min) Hops 95.5 IBU
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (20 min) Hops 9.6 IBU
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (20 min) Hops 12.5 IBU
0.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (10 min) Hops 5.8 IBU
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (10 min) Hops 7.5 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (Dry Hop 10 days) Hops -
2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (Dry Hop 10 days) Hops -