Join J Wells Brewery for Pie and Pints on November 14th 2015. There will be pie beers, and pie, of course.
This Friday November 22nd, come enjoy fish and chips by Herloom food truck while enjoying a proper pint of Defiance, a true British bitter.
Defiance is a hand pulled beer, naturally carbonated and keg conditioned. I use Marris Otter malt and East Kent Golding hops to give it that distinctive British profile. A true real ale!
I have been working on Facebook somewhat more than the blog here. I plan on keeping both up to date. The Facebook page for quick blurbs, and this blog for longer posts. Here is a link:
Brewing tomorrow. On the board:
* Wheat beer 5% mostly made from… wheat.
* Cream Ale 5.0%
I have only brewed one wheat beer before, and it was a WIT. The difference here is that with a wit beer, the yeast do all the work by providing flavor and such. You don’t have to be too picky about hop selection and such because the yest flavors will dominate. With a Wheat, the yeast don’t dominate the beer so much, so its up to me to make a careful selection of hops and malt and such to make it come out right. I’m shooting for a wheaty fruity tasting beer. I’m thinking Wheaties with and orange?
The cream ale is just a light lawnmower type beer. I’m using a different yeast than most so I hope it will come out with a characteristic signature that is unique, but quite tasty and refreshing. Something you would want to reach for after you have been sweating bullets pushing around a mower, or chopping down trees, gardening digging holes etc.
This will be the first attempt at this recipe since 1993.
ah, this is where all the magic happens. All total it cost around $1300 to purchase the parts, consisting of:
- 55 gallon stainless steel drum $300 from ebay
- 50 feet of angle iron (1″ and 2″) about $60 from home depot
- 1 55 gallon HDPE drum (blue) $55 from Colorado Zero Waste
- 1 55 gallon HDPE drum (white) $15 from Colorado Zero Waste
- 1 chugger pump, $120 from pumps for less
- 1 march pump $220 ish from morebeer.com
- 1 60 plate chiller $60 from kegcowboy.com
- 1 30 plate (12″X24″) $400 from somewhere i cant remember, but dudadesil.com has the same one
- a bunch of copper and fittings, sodder, flux etc from home depot $100
- water heater blanket from homedepot for hot liquor tun
Labor was extensive. If I had to do it again, I would have bought a false bottom for the Mash tun, and skipped the smallish 55 gallon hot liquor tank. Because I double or triple batch, I need a bigger HLT.
I have been working on getting a location for the brewery at 6549 49th street in Boulder Colorado for a little over a month. I will be modifying it significantly to add some floor drains, vent the kettles, add a fermentation room and such. Plenty of room for my small 1.5bbl kettle. It also has a small porch area for seating, in addition to a bathroom. I cant wait!
We sent in the fifth offer on the unit yesterday. I should hear back from him in a couple of days.
Looking to bottle some of the beer brewed a few weeks ago tomorrow. Will post pics of the gear and process.
Brewing on 1.5 bbls is allot of hard work. I don’t mind, but I have to keep another full time job to feed the family. I daydream of the day of upgrading to a larger system, like this one
but, I may need to settle for something smaller from Stout tanks, http://conical-fermenter.com/products/3-bbl-systems/