It was a perfect harvest brewday for a Pumpkin and an Octoberfest -cool and crisp outside which made brewing a lot more tolerable and not just a weekend weightloss program (lot’s of heat/sweat in a small space). I will preface this by saying that we pulled a late night at the brewery working on Thursday. On Friday I had to return rental equipment, order and pick up grain, filter and keg two beers and clean the fermentors before the brewday on Saturday. Needless to say, Jesse, John and I were already tired.
The night before I filtered the Session IPA and the India Pale Lager. The session was, by far, the quickest to filter to date. The other one was a different story as it was still cloudy. I had to break pressure and change filters after the first 5 gallons.
I got up at 6:30 am to light the fires to heat up the water. I never quite got the fermentors cleaned the night before so I was rushing to do this too.
Anyways, Jesse and Doug showed up around 8am. We got the mill setup and got to work!
I brewed the pumpkin a lot different than the prior years. I came across a great article on how the bigger breweries brew pumpkins: How to Brew Pumpkin Beer: Tips from the Pro’s. It differed greatly from the homebrew method mainly just due to the ability to process raw pumpkin at a commercial brewery size. Essentially, Libby’s will always have a market amongst commercial breweries for a long time. I’m about to scale up 6x so I best pay attention.
Now, we did taste one of the pumpkin beers that I have been saving. I figured if we were brewing pumpkin beer we should be drinking it.
My wife, worked and debut a Chili recipe for the brewery – Chili to be chili, chili to put on hot dogs and chili on nachos – food that has utility.
I have to thank Jesse for his great assistant brewer abilities – you impress me more and more everytime we brew. To Michael and Richard for the support, hot dog grilling skills and laughs. To Rebecca and Erika for a woman’s point-of-view on the beers and also shandy tasting. To Daniel for his great input. To Ross and Kelly, I learn a lot talking to you everytime (congrats on the engagement! – I know a guy that could provide some wedding beer). TO THE NEW GUY DOUG! It was great to meet and talk to a fellow polymer guy. You seem to have some great beer knowledge and homebrew ‘out of the box’ recipes. I hope to see more of you. To John, I know we broke you the other night but it was great to have you stop by. Thanks to everyone for making it a fun day. I got a lot of feedback on the Amarillo IPA which was a great success. The IPL and the Session IPA were OK but need some work and I know just the trick. Jesse and I will continue to work on those recipes. I mean, you can’t get ‘first time prime’ everytime!