Tuesday 13 December 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I’m trying to be better about keeping up with the blog, a few minor updates this time:
Still working on nailing down a new home for the brewery, larger than the current 350 square feet, but still to be a small hands-on operation. Will be bigger for improved efficiency, but will still be local and artisan. We have not given up on our dream of a farm-brewery, but that may have to be further down the road.
A new smoker is on the way, my old not-so-trusty Weston smoker decided to refuse to fire up The manufacturer does not have the needed parts in stock, and a search at local hardware and plumbing supply shops yielded no solutions. That includes even Karp’s in East Northport, which has just about everything. Turns out the manufacturer uses a very odd sized set of connections, and even they are out of stock for the indefinite future.
The new smoker has a bigger capacity than my old Weston, which I’ll fire up again when I get the parts. I’m looking forward to having both smokers going simultaneously. That will be a big help for all the smoked beers I do, but especially Vlad the Inhaler, which is 100% smoked.
Sunday 20 March 2011
March 20, 2011
A fresh batch of Hellsmoke Porter
is in Fermenter No. 2. Brewed last Sunday, some of it will be on Cask at Blue Point Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Cask Ales Festival
on April 9th.Hell Gate Golden Ale
made its debut at The Cortland
in Bay Shore the week before last, it’s back at The Cortland
, as well as Bistro 25
in Sayville and Luce & Hawkins
in Jamesport. I’m working on it to more locations soon.
I’m working on getting Long Island Potato Stout
into bottles and kegs to various locations.
Will be working on more batches of the Hellsmoke and Hell Gate as well as a few other things -- including getting a big (for me, 93 gallons vs 10) of Vlad the Inhaler
out this Spring. It should be on rotation through the Summer.
Saturday 05 March 2011
March 5, 2011
Haven’t blogged in a while, here’s what’s been happening lately...(1) A few words about my bottles
I’m now force-carbonating before bottling most of my beers, rather than carbonating in the bottle. A few bottles got out that were not as carbonated as they should have been -- I’ll work on getting that right for any beers that need in-bottle carbonation. Apologies to anyone who purchased any that weren’t right, please do let me know.
Have switched from the old 22-ounce (“bomber”) bottles to 16-ounce bottles from Quebec. Well, at least I thought
they were 16-ounce bottles when I bought them. Turns out they are 16.9 ounces -- but I’ve been filling them to 16-ounce levels, which is 3 inches from the top of the bottle. So if you got one and think it’s short, it’s really 16 ounces. I’m starting to fill the bottles to 16.9 ounces since it otherwise looks short. (2) Smoking again
Have been smoking malt a few mornings this week (before heading off to work at the “day job”). Will be smoking more today to have enough ready to brew another batch of Hellsmoke Porter. (3) What’s heading out the door
Hellsmoke Porter and Long Island Potato Stout in the above-mentioned 16-ounce bottles.
Will be getting more Long Island Potato Stout out soon, need to clean more kegs first.
A bit of the Hell Gate Golden Ale will be heading out this coming week, word on where and when will be posted on the Facebook
page as well as here.(4) What’s next
Will be brewing up more of the mild-mannered ale
for the Blue Point Cask Festival, depending on feedback it may become a Spring/Summer seasonal. Also for Summer, will be bringing back my old homebrew Harborfields HefeWeizen
. And will also be smoking up lots of wheat this Spring and Summer for Vlad the Inhaler
Monday 25 October 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Kegs and bottles of Hellsmoke Porter are conditioning and carbonating. Vlad the Inhaler is just in bottles at this point, those are also conditioning.
Test batches of Long Island Potato Stout and Hellgate Golden Ale are fermenting away, as is another 3-BBL batch of Hellsmoke Porter.