B-52 Brewing - Houston
Inspector Spacetime
11:25a, 02/18/13
Inspector Spacetime
4220 posts, joined 11/27/2006
oh AWESOME.

I saw that picture earlier today and didn't know what it was they were about to put out.

This makes me very excited
jetch17
11:58a, 02/18/13
jetch17
61172 posts, joined 02/05/2002
Theyve also got barn burner in wine barrels for bomber release later this year
jock itch
1:45p, 02/18/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Oh man I love saison. Definitely gonna have to try out Karbach's ASAP.

And just to brag, there's a Texas Craft Brewer's meeting tonight and the host brewery is St Arnold. Supposedly there's some Bishop's Barrel #2 for us to try, so will have to report back if true.
TxKng82
1:56p, 02/18/13
TxKng82
617 posts, joined 04/10/2009
Definitely need to report back if you try the Bishop's Barrel #2...Curious if its worth the try.
jetch17
2:03p, 02/18/13
jetch17
61172 posts, joined 02/05/2002
BB#2 gets released city-wide tonight, I know downtown saucer & petrol have starting at 5, other places like BRC & hay merchant have it tomorrow ... FYI
jock itch
2:30p, 02/18/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Damn. And I thought I was special.
tfishtex
8:41p, 02/18/13
tfishtex
1571 posts, joined 11/18/2010
Not sure if already suggested, but you could name one of your beers the b52 bomber (or stratofortress), sell it in bombers of course, and throw one of these on the lable
IMG >
Not sure of copyright/trademark whatever but I'm sure there is some way to go about it
AggieOO
9:24p, 02/18/13
AggieOO
51174 posts, joined 10/12/1999
mmmmmm...Saison. probably my favorite style right now. mine is damn good...might have to have one now.

i'm always up for trying new saisons. been excited about karbach's for a while.
Inspector Spacetime
1:01a, 02/19/13
Inspector Spacetime
4220 posts, joined 11/27/2006
My favorite current style is rauchbier, especially with the weather warming up and getting back out on the grill more often. Probably will be my next homebrew, just need need to find a friend with a smoker to borrow.
jock itch
12:27p, 02/19/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
quote:
My favorite current style is rauchbier


Carbing up ours right now. We used 97% traditional German Rauch malt w/ a little Cara-Pils for head retention.

It came out fantastic IMO, and the low SRM really throws a lot of people since they aren't expecting so much smoke flavor.
jock itch
12:28p, 02/19/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
quote:
Not sure if already suggested, but you could name one of your beers the b52 bomber (or stratofortress), sell it in bombers of course, and throw one of these on the lable


Yep, bombers are pretty much a requirement.
Elmo Lincoln
4:48p, 02/19/13
Elmo Lincoln
1128 posts, joined 10/17/2005
Pacifist IPA (or whatever type of beer you want)

IMG >
jock itch
10:00a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Ended up pushing our brew day back a day, but finally got some pics.

The recipe is a fairly standard German Weizenbock:

- 50% Munich Malt
- 50% Wheat
- Spalt Hops
- Wyeast 3068 (Weihenstephan)

Since the style is not hop-forward, we decided on a single bittering addition @ 60 min for ~20 IBU's. Final gravity came out just over 1.070, so we should end up right around 7% ABV.

Pictures to come.
TxKng82
10:06a, 02/20/13
TxKng82
617 posts, joined 04/10/2009
Looking forward to the pics...
TX AG 88
10:10a, 02/20/13
TX AG 88
11206 posts, joined 10/10/1999
I remember the thread where you asked for naming suggestions. Did you post anywhere the story behind what your leading contenders were and how you decided on B-52 Brewing? I think that woudl be interesting if you haven't already posted it.
jock itch
10:43a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Our 1/2 BBL pilot system cleaned (the fun part) and ready to go.

IMG >

Milling the grain. Fortunately we'll have slightly more sophisticated grain handling equipment for the big brewery.

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Mashing in. Ended up being 40 lbs of grain.

IMG >

[This message has been edited by jock itch (edited 2/20/2013 10:45a).]
jock itch
10:51a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
All mashed in @ 149F. Perfect. Now time to start the re-circulation and wait for about an hour.

IMG >

Almost finished running off to the kettle. Collecting ~18-19g that will boil down to our final batch size.

IMG >

Using my trusty refractometer to check our pre-boil specific gravity. Ended up dead on at ~80% extraction efficiency. Always nice when things actually go as planned!

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jock itch
10:58a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
For some reason I forgot to get a picture of the boil, but after an hour of boiling, we chill the hot wort to ~60F and rack off to the fermentor. We will be fermenting at 64F, but I like to pitch the yeast low and let their natural heat production bring us up to temperature.

IMG >

The delicious workhorses sitting in waiting. This is the first time I've had a yeast starter blow-off the top. Sometimes fermentation isn't pretty.

IMG >

Yeast is pitched, blow-off tube is setup, temperature controller is set, and now the hard part...waiting. Since this is a reasonably big beer, I'm expecting 3-4 weeks.

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jock itch
11:00a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
And just for fun/experimentation purposes...going to throw 3g into one of these bad boys.

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jetch17
11:10a, 02/20/13
jetch17
61172 posts, joined 02/05/2002
jock itch
11:11a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
quote:
I remember the thread where you asked for naming suggestions. Did you post anywhere the story behind what your leading contenders were and how you decided on B-52 Brewing? I think that woudl be interesting if you haven't already posted it.


Our majority investor visited a restaurant in Costa Rica that had the nose of a B-52 as a seating area. After mulling over names for months (seriously...it was driving us nuts), B-52 was just thrown out mostly as a joke. Honestly, at first most of us didn't really like it, but it grew on us as we started to think about all the branding opportunities such as using bombers, theming our tastings, making big/strong beers, etc.
jock itch
11:17a, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Almost spit up my coffee Jetch.
62strat
1:26p, 02/20/13
62strat
9279 posts, joined 11/05/2009
i recognize that brew stand jock
My uncle has the more beer tippy model, though his is just 10 gal model

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jock itch
4:43p, 02/20/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Yes sir, that's the one!

I definitely have my issues w/ it now that I've put a through batches through it, but overall it's a really solid system.
Jock 07
8:18p, 02/20/13
Jock 07
23154 posts, joined 05/23/2005
My personal favorite styles in no particular order are ipas, dipas, barley wines, dopplebocks, and kolschs
Jock 07
8:41p, 02/20/13
Jock 07
23154 posts, joined 05/23/2005
I know it doesn't really rhyme with anything but maybe a purp drank barleywine or something. I also think the idea of getting into the sour market could be profitable. I had my first sour (new belgium) 2 Christmas ago and couldn't even get through the bottle. Really turned me off of the style but then I tried rrbc's offerings when I drove up there last month and actually really liked Em.

Anyhow congrats on the operation and I look forward to a tour during one of my trips back to Texas.

[This message has been edited by Jock 07 (edited 2/20/2013 8:43p).]
62strat
10:22p, 02/20/13
62strat
9279 posts, joined 11/05/2009
Sours are a pretty advanced beer. Probably not the first offering you should put out unless you've really nailed it down.
jock itch
9:41a, 02/21/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
Yeah, the biggest thing w/ sours is time and getting a consistent product. This is where patience and batch blending come in handy.

I feel completely comfortable brewing them, but it will be months/years before something's ready to release. Still definitely something we'll be doing at some point!
Inspector Spacetime
9:46a, 02/21/13
Inspector Spacetime
4220 posts, joined 11/27/2006
quote:
quote:
My favorite current style is rauchbier


Carbing up ours right now. We used 97% traditional German Rauch malt w/ a little Cara-Pils for head retention.

It came out fantastic IMO, and the low SRM really throws a lot of people since they aren't expecting so much smoke flavor.



aaaaawesome... I want to taste y'alls if it's ever possible.

The only Rauchbiers I've found with any consistency are from Southern Star and Cedar Creek's smoked alt, but the latter not so much anymore.
JFrench
11:36a, 02/21/13
JFrench
213 posts, joined 04/30/2012
any leanings on what the IPA recipe will be? i'll drink a lot of them.
LCE
12:24p, 02/21/13
LCE
228 posts, joined 10/29/2002
Real Ale puts out some nice barrel aged beer.

Mysterium..imp stout aged in Four Roses barrels.

Scots Gone Wild and WT3F? were nice sours.

The Highlander and The Kraken also barrel aged.

jh0400
12:26p, 02/21/13
jh0400
15726 posts, joined 03/10/2009
Empire was by far the best thing Real Ale has ever produced.
Quantum ace
1:59p, 02/21/13
Quantum ace
17054 posts, joined 02/23/2007
quote:
Definitely need to report back if you try the Bishop's Barrel #2...Curious if its worth the try.


I had a bottle last Sunday, and I enjoyed it. It had a touch more cherry than I would have preferred, but it wasn't overwhelming. It was a nice refreshing beer, and doesn't reflect it Christmas Ale roots very much.
jock itch
4:09p, 02/21/13
jock itch
2547 posts, joined 06/23/2006
quote:
any leanings on what the IPA recipe will be? i'll drink a lot of them.


I have a lot of ideas I'd love to bounce by you guys, but one of my biggest concerns is making sure whatever hops we go w/ are actually available. A lot of the more popular/scarce varieties like Amarillo/Simcoe don't have contracts available until 2014 (and sometimes even longer)...so I'd hate to pilot the perfect IPA and not be able to get hops.

What do you guys generally prefer in your IPAs?
BSD
4:36p, 02/21/13
BSD
3267 posts, joined 12/21/2010
Simcoe, Simcoe, and more Simcoe.
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