Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday? More like Brew Friday!

What better way to beat the crowds on the craziest shopping day ever than by dropping the "s" and having the craziest HOPPING brew day EVER!!!  Black Friday we are going to be brewing up this years batch Octane Wayne IIPA by popular demand.  OW features 1 lb. of hops!!! We add hops every chance we get during the making of this glorious beer.  We start out by first wort hopping with 2 ounces. Follow that up with an ounce of bittering hops and then we add 7 ounces in the last 15 minutes of the boil for flavor and aroma. After we are done fermenting, we use another 6 ounces during dry hopping!  "Don't make me go nitro on your ASS!"



Friday, November 16, 2012

Ruby - Imperial Red Ale

Whats up Fluke Brew followers!

Sorry for the delay on this post, but better late than never as my Great Grandpa's Nephew's Son's Sister's Neighbor used to say.

A couple months ago Flop and I set out to create an Imperial Red Ale this was inspired by the recent addition to the Fluke Brew Crew, my new pup Ruby.

Ruby, guarding the first wort runnings.

We researched the style and found some recipes that seemed to be similar to what we wanted in our Red Ale. Those characteristics we were looking for are: good maltiness/body, pronounced hoppiness, and a Ruby red color. From the recipes we found, we gained some good ideas that helped us develop our own recipe. The hops in this beer include: Northern Brewer (bittering), Columbus (aroma), and Amarillo Gold (dry hopped). This is sure to beer a great winter beer with enough kick to warm you up in this Minnesota winter!

Lots of Hops!
Fermentation is almost complete and last time I tasted it, the flavor pretty fantastic. This beer will be dry hopped soon and we're expecting to have it in the keg within a week. We'll let you know how it tastes! Well that's all folks! I need to get back to work...


Luke and Ruby

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sippin' on Summits at the Springsteen Concert

Enjoyed a few Summit EPAs last night at the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert!!!   They played no stop for over 3.5 hours!!!  Over the course of the night Bruce crowd surfed the pit, brought an 88 year old on stage and danced with her, and had the crowd going all night!  No wonder they call him the Boss.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Spooky Wagon Pumpkin Ale

Spooky Wagon Pumpkin Ale
Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Type: All GrainDate: 10/30/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.000 galBrewer: Fluke Brewing
Boil Size: 6.090 galAsst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 minEquipment: Fluke Brew ( 5 Gal/19 L) - All Grain
End of Boil Volume 5.460 galBrewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 4.750 galEst Mash Efficiency 73.5 %
Fermentation: Ale, Two StageTaste Rating(out of 50): 30.0
Taste Notes:

Ruby Imperial Red Ale

Ruby Imperial Red
American Amber Ale
Type: All GrainDate: 9/12/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.000 galBrewer: Philip Dunn
Boil Size: 8.195 galAsst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 minEquipment: Fluke Brewing 5 Gal - All Grain
End of Boil Volume 6.500 galBrewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.500 galEst Mash Efficiency 75.0 %
Fermentation: Ale, Single StageTaste Rating(out of 50): 0.0
Taste Notes:

Hop Yard Build & Harvest! 2012 Part 4

A few months have passed since the last Hop Yard update. It is a busy time of year for us but we managed to find time to harvest our first batch of home grown hops. I will cut straight to the stats and spare you the agony of reading on anymore.

Our totals looked like this...

September 1st we harvested 6oz of mature, Cascade hops and used them to wet hop our first attempt at a Harvest Ale which turned out great.

Roughly a week later we harvested the remaining Cascade hops which totaled another 2lb of wet hops. After drying this equated to roughly 13oz of dried, leafy hops.

Finally, in the third week of September, we harvested the Centennial hops which equaled out to 0.5lb wet and after drying resulted in 1.5oz of dry leafy hops.

Monster Cascades ready for harvesting