Monday, August 02, 2010

Just Brew It!

On Sunday, the Backyard Brewing Association held brew day, and what a day it was. In the two years we have been convening, brew day has definitely turned into a well oiled process. Everyone knows their role and as Eric pointed out, the best part for him as an extract brewer is he can show up an hour late, after the all-grain guys, and still finish on time.

Although we are still working on our official brew day logo and matching attire, Todd from Boston Beer Company was too kind in supplying us with Sam Adams t-shirts and glasses. The "Just Brew It" motto certainly fit the day.

Just Brew It!


With all of us feeling good in our new shirts, Eric, as usual, showed up to put his own spin on things. Don't call it a skirt, because Eric came sporting his new kilt!

A man, his kelt, & a kettle


Yes, someone amongst us spent the previous evening at the Celtic Festival. I wonder who?

Arghhhh, it's my pot!


We all got quite a kick out of his new look and felt it added something to his presence at his brew kettle.

Keith Stirs


Dave brewed an English style Pale Ale, and Drew and I brewed Porters. Based on our styles, we're all thinking of Fall. As always, Keith and Brian pitched in too.

Kettle & Cylinders


My Porter has been dubbed Mighty Maple Porter. I pulled the idea from a couple different porter recipes I came across. My anticipated readings keep it within the Porter style guideline's, so I am hoping to get this sweet yet wonderful roasted Porter. It is one of my favorite styles.

Sweet, sweet syrup


While our brewing process is fairly smooth, we have updated our feeding schedule. Let's just say our food intake system has been based on trial and error, but mostly error. When you spend all day in the sun brewing beer and tasting "a few" while you are at it, it's a pretty good idea to graze continuously. As much as our end of brew day feasts were great, we've decided the gradual approach works best.

Drew mashes


Our first meal was a pair of uber huge fatties stuffed with cheddar and basil.

Uber Big Fatties


In between salsa and chips, we worked up to BBQ Cabbage.

BBQ Cabbage x 2


And finally, thanks to The Drew, grilled marinated Tri-Tip, which was absolutely delicious.

Tri Tip Goodness


All in all, my brewing process went real well. As always though, time will be the ultimate judge. Eric even mentioned brewing again this week to replenish his homebrew stash which, with all of our socializing lately, has been depleted.

Chillin


The ole tip & pour


We had beer, food, and kilts. After ten hours together, we walked away with 20 gallons of fermenting beer, full bellies, and a sociological understanding of man's fashion's functional movement to trousers. Not bad for a day with food, beer, and kilts.

The Backyard Brewing Assocation


Storytime


Thanks again to Todd for the swag, too. Sam Adams, like so many other craft brewers, began at home, or like us, in the backyard.

The end of the day...

5 comments:

Andrew said...

As a sociologist and the son of a Scot, I am strongly pro-kilt. Really the only drawback are are ventilators you find on the street, but hey, those are the risks one takes!

I also wonder what tarten that kilt is-it strongly resembles my own clan, the Lemonts, famous for routinely getting pushed around by more powerful clans like the MacGregors.

Rene said...

Guys I have to say this day looks likeone to be envied. I tried my hand at homebrew a few times in my yard with my bayou cooker with mixed results, what's left is only fit for use in smoker water-pans. Just to make sure I understand correctly- did each guy brew a pot? If so, is it all being left at your house to ferment, or is there a way they can transport it during the fermentation process?

THe food looks out of this world-

-Rene
TheBackyardSmoker.blogspot.com

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ewtotel said...

@Andrew:

Hi, Kilt man here... I'd wear a kilt everywhere now if I could get away with it and not end up divorced.

Rather than representing a clan, the tartan on mine is Blackwatch, which is a Scottish military regiment that dates back to the 1700's and is still active today.

Andrew said...

@ ewtotal-very cool; every time I go back to Scotland I always intend to get a kilt. Maybe my wife will cave if my two sons get them as well.