New Brewery!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by levain, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Chaos-in-MT

    Chaos-in-MT OK lets GO!

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    I use allot of dry yeast now days,(many more on the market now) I use liquid when I have to. I also grow 14 kinds of hops and supply the local homebrewers. (I am a KLR rider so I save a buck were I can).

    I think we need to do something Brew\ride related in NW Montana.
    Lets get something going. I live near Glacier and you guys in the Bitterroot it don't get any better.

    May be even a brew-day at my place. I do have 20 plus years of homebrewing experience and a two story brewery at my place, plus lots of room to camp out.

    What do you Montana boys think? Its time to start planing now.
    :freaky
    Chaos
  2. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Giddy.
    Up.
  3. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Care to share pix??? :evil

    Also, how hard is it to grow your own hops?
  4. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Show us some pictures!!
  5. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    As long as you experienced guys are answering questions, will I be able to taste the difference between LME and DME, assuming I do the math to use the right amounts? Does one end up making a better tasting beer?

    I know, I know, I should go to all grain. But I haven't yet.
  6. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I've only made one extract beer, so, I'm not the one to ask. I use LME for starters. It would certainly be alot easier to use than liquid. There are so many variables with yeast strain/health, specialty grains, fermentation temps. etc, etc, etc. I doubt you'd ever really see a difference.
  7. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Yeah, Shady, I know Paul. I used to do food down at the old building on the weekends, before they moved to their new digs.

    Have you been over to the Blacksmith in Stevi?
  8. 13

    13 __________

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    I got nothing on the OP but here is my brewery. :lol3

    I mostly do hard cider but the mill is done pressing for the year so I went out today and picked up a box extract kit that supposed to be an American Cream Ale. Followed the instuctions to the tee and now its in the busket. Hope it turns out well.

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  9. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    No, I've been trying to come up with a good excuse to head up there. Haven't seen Pam forever. Wanna meet up there for a beer? :1drink
  10. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    A lively cask of best bitter!

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  11. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Nice timing on this thread. I've been nano-brewing for almost two years now.

    Yesterday I brewed up an American Lager:

    7 lbs 2-row
    1.75 lbs Instant Rice
    1 oz Hallertau @ 60 min
    1 gal. starter of 2035, decant the "beer", pitch slurry
    Mash at 148 for 90 min, boil for 90 min

    Right now it's down in the little cutout of my basement where the well and water pump are. It's 46*F in there. Perfect for fermenting lagers. One of these days I'll get a fridge.
  12. Chaos-in-MT

    Chaos-in-MT OK lets GO!

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    Right now it's down in the little cutout of my basement where the well and water pump are. It's 46*F in there. Perfect for fermenting lagers. One of these days I'll get a fridge.[/quote]

    I also use my my watter closet as it has two large pressure tanks that are filled from 550 feet below. This means in the winter I must heat this small space anyhow as it is in an outbuilding (brewery formally two story shop that was slowly consumed), and in the summer it is always cool.

    I always try and use what I can and this setup works very well for me.
    I am starting to lean more towards bigger fermenters 15 gal converted kegs and the ability to just to roll them in and out with a hand truck is now very important.

    Chaos
  13. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    bump for hodag
  14. Chaos-in-MT

    Chaos-in-MT OK lets GO!

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    The brewery will reopen next weekend (unless I can get one of my boats off the mountain).
    Just finished repairing plumbing and installing a new water line to hot liquor tank. I'm either getting to old to carry buckets up the ladder or am drinking to much wile brewing. Both are another story:evil
    Anyhow now I just turn a valve and the hot liquor tank fills. It has a sight tube on it so no worries about over filling, it is also graduated in gallons and has O-rings on it so you can slide them and mark strike,infusion and sparge volumes.
    Now what to brew
    I just got 100# of base malt so it must be time to brew.
    2 empty taps at the house same at the brewery.
    Empty kegs and fermenters abound.
    Must be 10# pounds of hops in the freezer.

    What to brew?
    APA I could use all home grown hops that way.
    I'm drinking a ESB now and starting to maybe lean that way.
    Spring is cumming maybe a Blond or Koulsh.


    Chaos
  15. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    What? Hodag drinks?
  16. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    for providing the inspiration to start back up.

    Just kegged the first batch of the year, an ALT (mind you, I'm an 'extract' brewer). Last batch I brewed was ~July 2008!

    Prosit! :beer

    TT
  17. Dick

    Dick Its a big old goofy world

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    I want to make a still :lol3
  18. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Happy to see this thread living on. Nothing better than Real (homebrewed!) Ale! A couple pictures of a best bitter to start your day off right

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    and, an, almost perfect pour. This one is slightly over conditioned, but, it is tasty

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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I love ALT! 10 years ago, I did a beer tour with a friend, and, we spent 3 days in Dusseldorf going to all the alt breweries. What a great time, and, the beer was amazing, and, so different from brewery to brewery. Don't listen to what they say, interesting beer IS being brewed in Germany:lol3:lol3:lol3
  20. Hodag

    Hodag native

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    a few weeks ago I went to a brewery to pick up an experimental batch of beer to test out for them. I was offered a tour, I declined. You seen one brewery operation you've pretty much seen them all, its all just a matter of scale. The coors brewery was pretty cool though with its own malt house.


    the keg conditioned bitters looks tasty.