Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jalapeño Red Ale Bottling Day

The Brothers experimentation phase 2 is bottled. After a 14 day 2nd fermentation we are excited to unleash something new. You can smell the jalapeño everywhere. It will definitely have a different flavor and taste.

The crew is getting everything ready, sterilizing bottles, etc. for another first: Jalapeño Red. We'll have some taste testers trying it out that will post about it this coming week.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bros Toured Monday Night Brewing

Kevin, Corby, and William visited Monday Night Brewing to taste, tour and meet some new prospective members of the Brothers that Brew community. When we arrived, there was multiple alumni events going in and a whole bunch a people. 

Initially there were long, but fairly quick line that were unusual for a Thursday.  Monday Night rents out the place for events so this is to be expected sometimes.  Good people interacting and William ran into an old friend as well.

On tap was a Scotch Ale, Double IPA, IPA and a Serrano Pepper IPA.  Of all we tasted the Double IPA stood out as being the best of the bunch. Good hop flavor and aroma, the double is something we would all try again. However the Serrano pepper ale, had a little pepper feel at the end but was a little to light for William 's taste. Corby liked the 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Corby's Back

Corby's back from the San Francisco Bay Area and its brew pubs. He visited Moxy Beer Garden in Berkeley  visited Jupiter Brewing. Beer Revolution with 48 beers on tap, most California.  He even ran into someone familiar with Brothers Brewing, the 2nd African American brewery in the country.  He'll be posting about it soon.


Monday, June 3, 2013

6/2 Brew Day - Double IPA

While Corby was in Oakland having fun, Kevin and William decided to keep the brewing going with a Double IPA. We are getting the hang of home brewing because each time it gets a little easier and we're beginning to branch out on flavors.  In brew #4 Kevin added 
Oranges to the steeping process and molasses to the boil.

The rain almost got us, but we got it done and brew #4 is now fermenting.  

The Jalapeño red ale, got transferred to begin it's 2nd ferment and looked and smelled excellent. Bottling brew #3 in about a week.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fire Tiger Red Ale

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, William decided to go out of the box we his first brew.  It was our second recipe innovation after Kevin's Jackson Stoudt with Bourbon chips. William added... JALAPEÑOS for heat and flavor during the last 12 minutes of the boil. At the end of the boil we added 3 tablespoons of brown sugar for added sweetness and possibly boost the abv. We are measuring the abv with this brew as we want to get the next batches between 8-9% abv.

According to Kev (who lets the beer ferment at his crib), the brew smelled good during the first week of fermenting. Now we're gearing up for the 2nd ferment that will take about 2 weeks before we bottle and unleash pin he world.