More Equipment (pt.1)

Yesterday I took one more trip to San Diego to pickup the remainder of the equipment we purchased from Alesmith.  This time it was a small load, so I was able to do it all with my 4-Runner and a small U-Haul trailer.  Two pumps, a filter, and a big old-school scale.  Not terribly exciting for some people…but here’s a few pictures anyway.  Also, on Monday our bottling line & keg-filling head should arrive along with some other various parts we ordered.  And our Glycol Chiller should be arriving on Tuesday!  Yee-haw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s our plate & frame Velo filter.  This thing is way heavier than it looks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s our three pumps.  The two in the right are the ones that came up with me on this trip.  All are wheel mounted and the two on either end are variable speed (which has to do with the type of motor that drives the pump and how it’s controlled).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And our cool looking, old-school malt scale.

 

Oh…and Happy Halloween!

A Few Beers

As I mentioned in the last post, we’ve been playing around with a few new beers over the last several weeks, and trying some new ideas.  These beers aren’t necessarily the “main beers” we’ll be offering at Eagle Rock Brewery, but we were happy enough with these experiments that we’ll certainly be brewing them in the future, and tweaking the recipes as we go.

So here they are, along with some of our impressions…

Black Mild

“Mild” refers to an English-style beer that is malt-accented yet light flavored and low in alcohol.

Our Black Mild is dark and almost completely opaque, but has a surprising light body and an extreme drinkability.  We use a variety of roasted malts to provide toasty, nutty flavors and a bit of complexity, with notes of toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke.

 

Color: 24 SRM

Gravity: 1.038

Bitterness: 14.5 IBU

ABV: 3.3% 

 

Lemongrass Wit

Belgian-style ‘wit-bier’ or white ale has a light wheat base and is typically spiced with coriander and orange peel. We’ve added a unique twist by adding lemongrass and kefir lime leaves instead.

Our Lemongrass Wit is pale straw colored and slightly hazy in appearance, with invigorating spicy and floral aromas. The light body and subtle sweetness of this beer accentuate the peppery citrus flavors. These lively flavors, combined with the slight tartness in the finish create a crisp and refreshing experience. 

Color: 3 SRM

Gravity: 1.045

Bitterness: 11.2 IBU

ABV: 4.7% 


XPA

Extra Pale Ale (XPA) is our version of American Pale Ale, a medium-bodied ale with a moderate alcohol content and a substantial presence of hops.

Our XPA is light copper-colored, with a subtle malt backbone and medium body.  A process called ‘dry-hopping’ delivers big hop aromas with the essence of citrus, freshly cut grass, and bold hop bitterness. These assertive flavors then give way to a subtle tartness and a hint of bread that linger on the palate. 

Color: 9 SRM

Gravity: 1.054

Bitterness: 52 IBU

ABV: 5.3% 

 


Unfortunately we haven’t yet figured out the ‘scratch-n-sniff’ feature on WordPress, and from what I’m told, licking the computer screen doesn’t work either, so my apologies…

Blogging Hiatus

Ok, so I guess I took a little blogging hiatus there for awhile.  Wow!  I can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything in almost an entire month!  Man oh man, time sure does fly…

As you’ve probably guessed though, not a lot of exciting activity has occurred with the brewery in the last several weeks.  We DID get the support of many local community groups, which was fantastic and will be extremely helpful in the near future.  However, the “big event” that we are still waiting for is that stamp of approval from the Planning Department for our project.  Without that approval we can’t do business in our current location, and therefore can’t generate any income…

I wish there was some sort of action I could take to make this process happen faster but unfortunately, in this case, we are at the mercy of the bureaucratic process.  Just to give you an idea, I recently spoke with someone in the Planning Department, and he said our case file was on his desk, but there were 20 other cases ahead of ours, so it would probably take a few more weeks before he even gets to it.  Also, because the issuance of an alcohol permit is subject to a public hearing, a notice must be posted for 30 days before the actual hearing can take place.

It has been extremely frustrating (and a huge test of my patience) to not have direct control over the timeline of our project at this point in time – AND to try waiting patiently while also paying rent on a big, empty building!  Aaarrrggghhh!!!

Well, as a wise man named Captian Beer once pointed out to me, at the end of this road of bureaucracy and frustration lies really good beer!  I know we’ll get there eventually…

Actually, there is one other slightly-exciting thing I should mention.  At the request of several friends (who happened to be having parties or special events) I’ve been brewing at home again!  Even though the last few weeks have had me entangled in tedious and boring stuff, I’m glad I made the time to dust off the old brewkettle and put a few batches into the fermenters.  It has definitely re-energized my passions, and reminded me why we’re doing this crazy thing in the first place!  More details on these new beers coming soon….