Hand-crafted ales and lagers, brewed with only the finest ingredients available ~barley, hops, water, yeast, and spices~

Finally got some New Albion Pale Ale.  Pretty good overall.
Blackstone Brewery Oatmeal Stout.

One of the best breweries in Nashville.
Jak O’ The Shadows
Black Lager
A month in the bottle and it keeps getting better.
Edema Rye
Rye California Common
2 months in the bottle. I love this beer. Tied with my Double E.S.B. as my all time favorite. It’s one of those brews where you say to yourself, “I would buy this , frequently.”. And it feels good.

edit : I couldn’t figure out how to swap the photo so I reposted. Much nicer pour and hasnt beeen sitting in the glass for 10 minutes already.
This one was in the wifes stocking. Its amazing how much like a cappuccino it tastes like.
Found this in my stocking this morning.
Jak O’ The Shadows, my house black lager, is currently bubbling away.  Should be ready to be bottled up in about 12 days.  Can’t wait, this is one of my favorite recipes. It also happens to be my wife’s favorite beer. 
I will get some photos of it poured when the time comes.
Upcoming: photos and description of my Rye Tennessee Common.

Cider is kind of shitty.

Bottled up the cider on saturday.  For some reason it’s kind of watery.  It went from 1.060 to 1.010 3 days and then I bottled it up.  It’s not even really dry. Just sweet but watered down tasting.   I don’t even know.

Must Read: "Big Beer Dresses Up in Craft Brewers' Clothing" via CNN



This is arguably one of the best craft beer vs. big beer reads I’ve come across in a while!

This is a really good, and for the most part objective article.

I look at the issue in two parts.

  • There’s the actual brewing aspect. And the AB-InBev exec was right on the money- people who know beer know that making a good light adjunct lager is INCREDIBLY difficult. And there’s respect going both ways between craft and macro in this regard. I actually take issue with some of the article’s way of trivializing this aspect (for example, using corn or rice in beer are not necessarily cheaper, and can at times actually increase cost).
  • Then there’s the economic side, the business practices. This is where the macro brewers are downright fucked up. I think the muscling out craft brewers through the three tier system is the only example you really need, all the others are icing on the cake. And this is where the BA craft distinctions of size and ownership matter. 

That said, people who vow never to drink a beer cause it’s made or owned in some form by BMC are idiots.

Not a bad article.  Jim Koch makes me laugh.  He is the AB of “craft beer”.  In my experience most craft beer flavored offerings from macro brewers are lacking, so I don’t buy them.  That said, I love me an ice cold Budweiser every now and then. 

Cider and Mead

Started up a gallon of simple cider that will be ready just in time for thanks giving.  Started out at 1.060 and should be down to 1.020 in the next few days.  Also finishing off a stuck metheglin (spiced mead) with ale yeast.  Hopefully it finishes up in time for christmas.

I will get some photos soon.  Maybe not though, because I am pretty apathetic about blogging.

updated the label for this stout.

that’s right.  that’s a motherfucking hop.

Label for the stout I brewed this past weekend.  Half of it will be bottled with organic vanilla extract.
Made a couple changes before I give away some beer this weekend. 
This is the final version…for now anyway.

Label is finished.

Now that I have returned to and decided to stick with my brewery name, I asked a friend of mine to draw up a logo for me
(credit: www.smallideasforbigminds.tumblr.com)
I got the image and threw this label together.  I am happy with how it came out.  Simple and to the point.

Front Label


Back Label


Waystone Double ESB/Anker’s Small Beer BIAB Parti-gyle Brew Day!

NOTE: I tried everything and could not get the pictures rotated.  Deal with it.

So I finally got my new equipment set up.  15 gallon kettle, 2 burner brewstand (academy sports frycart), and biab pulley system.  Decided to break it in with a BIAB parti-gyle brew session.  Now to be clear, I may be doing something not so parti-gyle, if I am I don’t realize it.  The documentation about parti-gyle-ing (legit word) and BIAB is hard to find at best.  However, when you think about it, it is pretty straight forward.  I just did the no sparge BIAB method.  However, I skipped the usual mash out phase and saved that for my second runnings.  Based on what I found online for tradtional parti-gyle brewing, my two batches would be .010 over and .010 under (respectively) my target OG of the overall 10 gallon batch recipe.  I hit that pretty much on the head, being only .003 over my target OG’s for each batch. Not too shabby or winging it. As far as water volume, I went with beersmith for my initial mash volume and just subtracted the absorbtion from my first runnings to calculate my second mash volume.  Also, for my OG’s, I built the recipe as a 10 gallon batch, then upped the efficiency to 80% for the first runnings and lowered it to 40% for the second.  I was off by about 5 percent.

First off, a shot at the new set up.

And the command center.

Doughing in and mashing for the first runnings.  I did a standard 60 minute mash at 154* F.

After and hour I hoist up the grains (need to revise the pulley system, as 10 gal worth of grains are mighty heavy after a mash).

After letting the bag drain out 7 gallons of wort, I drained off the first runnings and set them to boil.

Hops weighed out.

45 minutes later (30 minute “remash-mashout” and the grains draining for 15 minutes) I have my second runnings, which I promptly set to a boil.

Chilling the first runnings (OG 1.070.  Only off my projected OG by .0003 on the h)

And the second runnings (OG 1.037. Once again only off by .003 on the high side)

And after a long, hot, trying brew day…