Mea Culpa

I am just not good about updating!  I tried to make constant updates on the day of, but found that I was just juggling too much, between the actual brewing and trying to be a good host and socialize with our volunteers/observers.  So here I am, a few days later, posting a recap of Two Jews Brews’ first brew day.

Bringing the wort to a boil, just before adding hops.

Despite our best efforts to plan ahead and get everything lined up in advance, we still found ourselves running around for last minute needs in the final hours before brew time.  We had a borrowed wort chiller, but discovered that the hose attachment was the wrong size.  A “quick” run to Home Depot for a simple 3/8″ barb -> garden-hose attachment turned into a 20 minute stop for a whole series of adapters.  It took three pieces and $13, and it was totally cobbled together, but it did the trick.

After that, things went pretty smoothly.  We had a couple people stop be to observe & participate, and of course we tasted a few beers in the process.  It was almost a year ago that our friend Rob had us over to his house to brew our first beer, which we called Stone-Meyer Non-Denominational Holiday Double Milk Stout.  We still had a few bottles left, and we were excited to pull a few out on this big day.  Sadly, we were not excited by how it tasted 10 months later.  Suffice to say that the consensus was that SMNDHDMS did not age gracefully.

Primary Fermentation

And now we wait. I love my beer baby.

Lastly, Carissa snapped a couple photos and was kind enough to send them my way, and as soon as I figure out how, I’ll get those on the blog here the rest of them in some kind of photo album.  The beer is now fermenting away quietly in Andrew’s pantry, and once that settles down, I’m off to see Tony at Foundation Grounds for the freshest beans I can get.  We’ll be adding about a gallon of Goshen’s Bona Fide espresso in secondary, just before we bottle it up.  I’m also going to be setting aside a small amount of the ale without coffee, so we can get an idea of how to tweak the recipe in the future.

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