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Finishing the week the right way! Hands up who is enjoying a can of Curious Brew this evening✋? --- Find your nearest brew at curiousbrewery.com/beerfinder --- #Staycurous #Curiousbrew #Curiousbrewery #Beerstagram #curious #curiousbrewery #iger #drinks #bar #cheers #cheerstotheweekend #beeroclock #brewoclock #weekend
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How about some cascade hop pellets to start your Friday evening. We don’t use a lot of cascade in our brews, but when we do, we usually stick them in near the end of the boil for aroma!🍻
This week we are dedicating #BrewOClock to a pretty special brew - Curiouser & Curiouser Chapter 2 - an Elderflower Saison fermented with Bacchus yeast! --- Available online at curiousbrewery.com --- #friyay #staycurious #curiousbrewery #beerstagram #beerofinstagram #iger #curiouserandcuriouser #instadaily #wearecurious #newbrew #beer
Last weekend when we picked up our supplies for our cream ale, our local homebrew shop made a very good suggestion. If you aren’t going to be near a fridge relatively quickly, it’s a really good idea to keep an ice pack with you to help keep your yeast cool (liquid of course) With the temperatures in Nova Scotia lately, this was very wise advice!
Our strawberries 🍓 for our blonde ale. We had them stored in our freezer for a month or so before we had the idea to throw em in a beer! Two weeks until kegging and then..?
How about a little vigorous boil action for your Tuesday in the hot hot heat? This is our cream ale doing its thing
When you try and cram 20 gallons of beer into your fermenting chamber it means you need to be smart with your stacking. We didn’t think we would be needing to upgrade our fermenting storage when we got our freezer...but with 10 gallons of cream ale, and 10 gallons of #strawberryblondeale things are getting tight!
Our brew day turned wet halfway through today when the skies opened up and all hell broke loose!
Getting ready for our brew day this weekend! We’re brewing up a 10 gal batch of cream ale to start our stockpiling for the weddings! 🙌
Measuring out our hop additions for our brew is always fun when we get to experiment with different varieties we haven’t used before. Although with this brew we went with a tried and true performer. Centennial helps bring a hoppy character and keeps things fresh.
Kegged our common ale last weekend. We were aiming for something similar to @propellerbeer common lager. We ended up brewing something similar but very much our own. We loved common enough to brew our own and all we can say is, we love it. It an instant classic around our circle, and it’s on the list to brew over and over.
We started kegging because bottling is a pain, but then we needed bottles to give to people and take places 🤔 So we started bottling again.....but this time we bought a new tool. The @blichmannengineering beer gun is a very useful if not essential part of our bottling day. It allows you to go right from keg to bottle easily and cleanly. There are a few quirks to work out to get the best results, but once everything is dialled in correctly it’s an awesome tool to have. 🍺
We have been going through our brew days and trying to figure out how to make them a little shorter and more efficient. One of the ways we thought could use some work was how quickly we heated water/wort, and decided to invest in our burner. We priced up a number of big brand burners and found that this banjo style burner was the best bang for the buck. Rather than waste our old stand we decided to try and repurpose it and make it work with our new burner. We cut and welded our stand to fit the new burner in. What a crazy difference it made...69k BTU to 210k BTU. We are able to boil 6.5 gallons of water in just under 10 minutes.
When we made our radler, we took a shot and went for it the way we thought it needed to be done. We added a healthy dose of grapefruit juice and tropical juice and carbonated the whole mix at once....delicious!
The second batch of Red Ale is much more red. We used a slightly lighter crystal malt to take some of the brown colour out. We bottled this one up and it is going fast. The Cream Ale and the Irish Red Ale are by far the favourites. With our NEIPA very close behind.
The heat IS ON in our neck of the woods! My BFF has a pool at her condo and it's pretty safe to say that if I happen to have time to burn I find myself making my way over there to do some chillaxin'! (#ad ) I mean, poolside with my Starbucks PLUS K-Cups Iced Coffee and a good book are like heaven x's a million, right?! Ohhhh yah! Bring more summer-time joy into your life with a dip in the pool at Brew O'Clock (yes, that's a time!) and my quick & easy iced coffee... grab some Starbucks PLUS K-Cups from @walmart, dial up a 6oz serving, add ice, and some half &half, AND that's it! Jump into summer!!🔆☕️💦#craftyourcool @starbucks #cookingwithruthie #brewoclock
A shot of our final label! We went with a single label on vinyl that we could reuse and would stay on during washing. As for the different beers, we had smaller stickers made up to replace each time. This way it’s easier for us to identify each beer without buying new labels every time.
Another shot of our NEIPA because it’s so damn good. We wanted to showcase the yeast we used to make it all happen. @whitelabsyeast WLP066 London Fog Ale is fantastic when working with Amarillo and Simcoe. It brings a residual sweetness which helps balance the hops and malt characteristics.
One of the things we learned the hard way was keeping our bottles cold before we bottled in them. We use a @blichmannengineering beer gun setup and it works amazingly....once you’ve figured out how to dial everything in and make sure your bottles are cold This helps keep the foam down when transferring from keg to bottle!
Cracking open a fresh bottle of our NEIPA. Hopped with Amarillo and simcoe. So delicious and Perfectly balanced. Something entirely different from the usual cascade hop bomb. Full of tangerine 🍊 and grapefruit goodness
We found a really nice fridge for free and put it to good use. We added three taps and we finally worked all the kinks out of our keg system. The only thing we realized is.... now we need more kegs 🙄
We wanted to try our hand at a California common ale after we found out how much we enjoyed drinking @propellerbeer California Common Lager This is the start of the mash process for us where we combine our crushed grains in a bag and mix it up before we add it into the mash tun. We hope to be kegging and carbing it this upcoming week and we’re both super excited to try it out!
We had a few prospective labels made up before we ended up picking our current label. These were designed by @jessamynvp who is an amazingly talented graphic designer. We can’t get enough of her work!
We started a small hop garden to see how they would take in our location. Started wth 4 US Goldings. 3 were our in the garden with full sun exposure, and 1 was kept in a pot with southern exposure in the morning. How do you grow your hops?
Collecting wort...... Beer?
Sometimes you make something and just need to take a picture of it. We made a radler because who doesn’t love a refreshing drink on a hot day? We started with a wheat beer (very similar to our Hefeweizen) but used a different yeast. We read all over, the different ways to make a radler but we couldn’t find any solid info from someone who had done it successfully before. So naturally we just winged it. 50/50 juice blend and wheat ale. Boy, is it ever good.
Cream ale is a terrific, lawn mowing, deck sitting, bonfire sharing, easy drinker we make by the double batch. There seems to be a stigma around home brewing, where people assume that because you made it at home, it has to be a dark, heavy or ‘stout’ beer. We love to share this beer with people and destroy that stigma. There hasn’t been a person yet who wasn’t surprised when they taste this cream ale. It’s a great beer to give a hard core domestic beer drinkers.
This is from back in the spring when we bought a load of equipment from kijiji. We got our hands on three used kegs, a regulator and tap. We also got a large amount of bottles and carboys, as well as smaller items. We went from bottle conditioning every batch to being able to force carb and enjoy our brews much sooner. The only issue we had at this point was where to store and how to serve. So went went on the hunt for a fridge.
Our Irish Red (although admittedly, not that red) is one of our all time most popular brews. Maybe we should start referring to it as an amber ale?
We brewed a very tasty blonde ale not long ago after we got our mash tun and our freezer set up. It didnt last long at all in our circle. In the future we are hoping to play with it a little bit...possibly add some strawberries? Does anyone have any tips on using strawberries or other seasonal berries in their brews? 🍓
I'm lovin' summer and as you know. . . I quite adore coffee!(#ad ) In the heat of the day, iced coffee is my magical happy place and the awesome part is- it goes with me wherever I go! It's just sooooo simple to grab a Starbucks PLUS K-Cups, dial up a 6oz serving, add ice, and some half &half THEN enjoy! A swing by the local pastry in the afternoon for a chocolate cupcake is even sweeter with Starbucks PLUS K-Cups iced coffee. Grab some at your fave Walmart and join in the fun!. . . ***Jump on our timeline- CLICK yes - to join me in my afternoon iced coffee & chocolate cupcake***🔆☕️🌀 . #joinme #brewoclock . . . #craftyourcool @starbucks @walmart #cookingwithruthie #coffee #summer #starbucks #love #summerlovin
We started brewing in the winter here in Canada, which we quickly learned isn’t great for doing BIAB outside....it led to a lot of ups and down in our mash temperatures. So we went out and picked up a mash tun. There was an immediate difference with the end product when we were finally able to monitor and control the temperature of our mash. We still make use of the BIAB bag by using in in the mash tun to help reduce the amount of grain in our wort, control stuck sparge, and it makes for REALLY easy clean up.
Way back when we bottle conditioned. This was our first attempt at an ESB. It turned out really good, but definitely got better as it aged. If we were to try it again We would be changing the recipe to bring the malt character forward slightly
This is one of those lucky moments. Got a really nice apartment sized deep freeze for super cheap off our local Kijiji. We hooked up a lightbulb and an inkbird temp controller, and we had ourselves an awesome fermenting chamber. One of the first things we did after our first few batches was throw a pack of damp rid in to help control the smell
Learning to properly read the hydrometer wasn’t the easiest at first. Our SMAaSH beer was a good way to introduce ourselves to our new equipment......but as things go, it didn’t turn out as we planned. A miss calculation in the volume of water we needed pre boil sent us way under target and a very, very light beer. Since then we make sure all our calculations are right on