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Oakville Bourbon Stout

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

12/21/14 Brew Date

This is an Imperial Stout we brewed three weeks ago. It will be aged on oak chips that were soaked in Evan Williams Bourbon. They will also have cacoa nibs and cold pressed coffee added. 

Please take a look at the photo gallery below. I will add photos as it progresses.

Stars & Bars Places in Top 4 at Pies & Pints Homebrew Contest

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Stars & Bars Places in Top 4 at Pies & Pints Homebrew Contest

Stars & Bars Brewing Club placed 2nd and 4th in our first homebrew contest hosted by Pies & Pints in Waterbury. Bob's Brown Ale placed second and Three Micks Irish Red Ale placed fourth overall. This was out of 20 beers submitted. Not too bad at all for our first submission. Cheers!

Bob's Brown Ale Brew

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, we're brewing Bob's Brown Ale. Dad is a big brown ale fan. Me too. This will be the first to use our homegrown Galena and Willamette hops. Photos below. 

Update: Brew went really well. The homegrown hops smelled awesome in the wort. Starting gravity was a little over over what we expected, which means the ABV will be around 6%. The yeast has been tearing through the wort. It's pushed through the airlock twice and it not screwing with my blow-off tube. I'm going to try to harvest and reuse this yeast for another batch.

Panther Head Pale Ale Brew

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, we brewed the second batch of our Panther Head Pale Ale. This is a pale ale recipe that I found and tweaked to my liking. It's hopped with 4 ounces of Mosaic hops, including two in the secondary dry hop. Awesome flavors and aromas. Please take a look at the photo gallery below.

Three Micks Irish Red Ale v1.2

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Three Micks v1.2 Brew Day 08/23/2014

Hello beer lovers. We had a small brew session on Saturday (08/23/2014). Weather was great. Brew went really well. No major issues. We brewed another variation of my Three Micks Whisky Barrel Smoked Irish Red Ale. This recipe has 2 ounces of Peated Malt, which will impart a Scotch like smokiness. This been with age in the secondary fermenter for one month. They will age on one ounce of lightly toasted oak chips that have been soaking in two ounces of Jameson Irish Whisky. The oak chips and Jameson were sealed in a vacuum sealer bag to speed up the "marinating". I think we are going to brew another batch of the Panther Head Pale Ale soon. Thanks for visiting.

Update 09/01/2014: TMIRA v1.2 was racked to a secondary keg with the oak chips and leftover Jamesons. This will age and mellow out for 1 month before it's kegged and carbonated. 

Photos in the Gallery below.