Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nano Brewery

I have in the past referred to SheppyBrew as a "nano-brewery" in this blog.

Last night, while listening to a podcast of the Brewing Network's "The Sunday Session", I discovered that there is actually a classification (unofficial) of commercial breweries of "Nano-Brewery".  I thought I was being clever coming up with the term, but apparently, I was not so original.  Basically, a "nano-brewery" is one that brews commercially on a home-brew scale.  One of the guest of the show was actually brewing in his home.

I just want to make it clear, you cannot buy my beer.  If you want to drink it, you have to come over, ask nicely, and let me give you some.  Sorry, but that is just the way it has to be.


I'm thinking about brewing a Rye Beer sometime in the near future.  My recipe will sort of be based on the "Can You Brew It: Terrapin Rye Pale" podcast.  I have not plugged it into Beer Smith yet, but here is what I'm thinking:

70%  -  2 Row / Light LME
10%  -  Munich Malt
10%  -  Malted Rye
5%  -  Victory Malt
5%  -  Honey Malt

14 IBU Magnum Hops (60 minutes)
5 IBU Fuggle Hops (30 minutes)
2 IBU EKG Hops (20 minutes)
2 IBU EKG Hops (10 minutes)
2 IBU Cascade (1 minute)
Amarillo Gold Hops -- Dry Hop (.75 oz)
Probably Fermentis US - 05 (Terrapin Brewing company uses WY1272 ... which is what I use for Phat & Tyred and BlackHawk Black, so maybe I'll harvest that from my current batch of P&T)

Eventually, I'll plug this into Beer Smith and get a finalized recipe.  Might brew it up right after Phat & Tyred gets bottled up.


I tried one of my Tweedle Beetle Stouts side-by-side with an Old Rasputin Imperial Stout.  I have to say, my beer compares very favorably.  Color of both the beer and the head is identical.  Body is identical.  The roasty malt flavor is identical.  The only differences are that my beer is a bit more carbonated and seems to have a better head, and that my beer has a bit more of a hoppy bite to it.  I expect that if I am able to save some of my beer for a few months, the beers will taste identical, though.

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