Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Brewing With The Frothy Beard Brewing Company!

Yesterday, I got the chance to brew with the guys from The Frothy Beard Brewing Company.  If you haven't heard of them, check out this post.  They are local guys looking to open up a brewery in the Charleston area in the near future.  I am also lucky to call them my friends.  We recently formed a "team" (we call ourselves the HopStars) and entered the "Iron Brew" Homebrewing Competition.  This is a homebrewing contest put on by Mellow Mushroom (King St. and Avondale) and Holy City Brewing.  They had a happy hour party in June, where they announced the "secret ingredient" that all homebrewers had to use in their recipe.   The "secret ingredient" turned out to be honey.   The "winner receives a Mellow-Holy City prize pack, and the grand prize of a limited edition production of the winning beer to be sold as a draft beer exclusively at Mellow Mushroom Avondale and Mellow Mushroom King St."  The judging will take place in early September.  We got all the ingredients for this brew day at Holy City Brewing, who now sell grains, yeast, and hops!

I won't reveal what beers we brewed or what we are entering for the competition, as we don't even know yet.  We took the day yesterday to brew a few batches and in a few weeks we'll brew a few more.  Sometime in August we'll get together and see which one we like best, try not to drink it all and enter it.  As for the rest of the beer that we don't enter, I guess we'll just have to drink it! Who wants to come try it?  The only bummer of the day was that Steve (the 3rd member of The Frothy Beard crew) wasn't there, due to he had to work.  Here are the pics from the brew day!

 Made a yeast starter the night before

 Joey stirring the mash

 Grains galore!

 Joey and Michael (I was behind the camera)

 He's grinning cuz he knows he makes good beer!

 Getting ready to Mash

 Joey's CRAZY kitty!
 Loving the color

 The boil

 Spent grains getting ready to go on the compost pile

 Joey hooking up the pump

 Those pots are bigger than they look! (25 gallons)

 Michael kegging a previous batch

 Hop Pellets!


Other Adventures!


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