Think & Brew

Think & Brew

It’s been a couple of years, but over the holidays we dusted off the home brew equipment and jumped back into one of our favorite hobbies: custom beer fabrication. Head brewmaster Patrick Barth directed the operations which entailed a batch of Four Seasons Pale Ale followed by an Extra Special Bitter. Thanks to our friends at Bitter & Esters, we used some primo ingredients to ensure our brew would be extra tasty.

After a slightly messy but fun mashing and boiling process, we let the beer ferment for a couple of weeks and monitored it carefully. Another entertaining session of bottling and capping followed to set up the conditioning process which allows the beer to naturally carbonate. Two weeks later, we had some pretty tasty brew on our hands (and in our mugs). The process and the results were so much fun that we’re ready to start on our next batch. If you’ve got a suggestion or want to come by for a taste test, let us know!

image of beer making ingredients

We started with quality ingredients: dry malt extract, malt extract, grains, and hops.

Pouring dry malt extract into boiling pot of wort

Patrick adds the dry malt extract to make the wort.

Measuring temperature of the wort while the grains steep in the pot

We monitor the temperature carefully to ensure the wort doesn’t boil.

Image of open bag of dried, green hops to be added to the wort

Mmmm! Fresh, delicious hops!

Dennis smelling bag of open hops

Dennis inspects the hops. Smells like beer…or something.

Patrick pouring hot wort into container to be cooled

Patrick transfers the wort to be cooled and strained.

Beer is poured into a 5 gallon glass jug for fermentation

The cooled wort is transferred to the vessel where it will ferment for a couple of weeks as the yeast does its magic.

Patrick measuring alcohol by volume with beer with tube device

Patrick measures the ABV level in the first batch. Looks good!

Beer in 5 gallon jug is transferred to bucket with spigot for bottling

The beer is transferred from the fermenting vessel to the bucket for easy bottling.

Dan fills a bottle from the spigot

Dan bottles the flat beer so that it can condition and naturally carbonate.

Corinne uses cap crimping tool in the bottling process

Corinne caps and seals with the handy crimper.

Image of a dozen bottles with orange beer caps in a cardboard case

The first case!

Image of two bottles with custom New Project labels

The finished product. Thanks to Thiago for the label design.

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