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NHC is This Week!

18 Jun

CDBC Schwag

Just a few updates…with NHC right around the corner excitement has been brewing at the CDBC. We will be pouring at club night and in the hospitality suite, finally a chance to really share our beer with a wider audience. Hopefully we’ll get good feedback and kill the kegs! To make sure people remember us, we’ll be handing out all sorts of goodies (pictured above).

If you are curious, here is a list of the beer we’ll be sharing:

  • Winey Devil. Belgian Golden Strong
  • Cleetus the Fetus Imperial CDA. Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Bourbon Oaked Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stout
  • Simarillo Pale Ale. American Pale Ale
  • Existential Awakening. Saison

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May 19th Brew Day

25 Apr

Saturday May 19th is our next brew day!

Come on by, same bat time, same bat channel. Drink some beer. Brew some beer. Offend someone. Drink some more beer. But do that all responsibly, remember, don’t drink and drive. Arrive Alive.

See you at the Brewery!

 

February 25th Brew Day

16 Feb

Saturday February 25th we are brewing a porter!

Come on by, same bat time, same bat channel. Drink some beer. Brew some beer. Offend someone. Drink some more beer. But do that all responsibly, remember, don’t drink and drive. Arrive Alive.

See you at the Brewery!

Mmmm, Three-Quarter Ton of Grain (almost)

10 Feb

If you ever wondered what just over 1400 pounds of malted grain looks like:

sacks of grain

This grain will all go into yummy beer.

We picked all this up a few weeks ago, hopefully it lasts more than six months.

IPA Brew Sat Feb. 4th 2012

1 Feb

Per Jason: Kevin got some Falconer’s Flight hops a while back, and we want to test this sucker out – by brewing a simple IPA. Anyone interested in joining us and lending a hand? Starts ~ 10 and ends when Kevin starts to make uncomfortably long eye contact with people…so around 11 🙂 (all kidding aside – 4ish).

I’m sure there will be some sports thing on the TV, and good times will be had by most.

CDBC looks into the future, all the way to the year 2012

27 Jan

Now that we are getting back on track after the holidays, things at the brewery are going to start heating up again.

Some upcoming items:
  • We are picking up something like 1300 pounds of grain this weekend. That should get us at least a couple brews.
  • We will have a monthly meeting, the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 to taste beers and welcome people who want to learn more. This is in addition to our brew days.
  • Next Brew Day is tentatively set for this Sunday, January 29th.
  • We hope to put together a schedule of brew days for the next few months.
  • The National Homebrew Conference is in Bellevue this year! June 21–23. (They say Seattle…but really it’s across the lake in Bellevue.) The CDBC plans to be there somehow. Maybe just pouring some beer, maybe some in competition, maybe just there to drink everyone else’s beer.

We had our first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 26th. We tasted a lot of homebrew. We also set up more of a structure to hopefully get more people into the collective and brewing beer. 2012 looks off to a good start!

See you at the Brewery!

Ninkasi + 21st Amendement = Nirvana in a can

8 Nov
Headline News!

Headline News!

Look at the box!

The whole package

Ninkasi and 21st Amendement have teamed up to create one of the most delicious ales I have ever had. It’s just an ale, nothing special, except the dates…but they compliment the flavor, not provide it. Normally I am skeptical of 21st Amendment, I want to like their beer but it is never as good as I think it should be. On the other hand, Ninkasi has yet to make a beer I don’t like.

“Allies Win The War” is their collaboration. And it is quite simply one of the best ales I’ve ever had. I can’t even explain it. The flavors are perfectly balanced. If this beer wasn’t over 8% ABV I could drink a few more….nevermind, I can drink a few more. And the packaging…GOOD LORD the packaging is just as good as the beer inside it.

I highly recommend you get your hands on some of this. If the CDBC is lucky I’ll have a can left to bring to brew day in a couple weeks….or I may have to buy more just to share. I am hoping this is not a one off, never to be seen again creation.

In the glass

Shot o’ the Dark Recipe

19 Sep
BeerSmith Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Shot o' the Dark
Brewer: Central District Brewer's Collective
Asst Brewer: 
Style: Oatmeal Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0) 

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 6.00 gal      
Boil Size: 8.24 gal
Estimated OG: 1.071 SG
Estimated Color: 37.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 23.0 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 75 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU      
12 lbs        Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        74.07 %       
1 lbs 3.2 oz  Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)     Grain        7.41 %        
14.4 oz       Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                     Grain        5.56 %        
9.6 oz        Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM)                Grain        3.70 %        
9.6 oz        Roasted Barley (500.0 SRM)                Grain        3.70 %        
9.6 oz        Special B Malt (180.0 SRM)                Grain        3.70 %        
4.8 oz        Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)                Grain        1.85 %        
0.53 oz       Magnum [14.00 %]  (90 min)                Hops         20.9 IBU      
0.53 oz       Saaz [4.00 %]  (10 min)                   Hops         2.0 IBU       
0.60 oz       Saaz [4.00 %]  (0 min)                    Hops          -            
1.00 T        Pumkin Pie Spice (Boil 5.0 min)           Misc                       
1.20 items    Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min)          Misc                       
1.20 tsp      Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days)         Misc                       
29.00 oz      Canned Pumpkin (Boil 60.0 min)            Misc                       
29.00 oz      Canned Pumpkin (Mash 60.0 min)            Misc   

Actual Pre Boil Gravity: 1.046
Actual OG: 1.062
Efficiency: 65%
Final Batch size: 5 gallons

Updates from the Brewmaster

14 Sep

Every once in a while (especially when I’m trying to put off other work), I’ll try to update you all on what I’ve been doing with the brewery when you’re not around.

Adventures in Dry Hopping with Simcoe: Tragically Hopped Amber Ale

We’re lucky enough to live in a part of the country that is really close to where the majority of hops are produced. That means that when the hops are harvested, we often get first dibs on the hops, and can make “fresh hop” beers more easily than almost anywhere else.

So I ordered a pound of fresh Simcoe hops (because they are a CDBC favorite). You’re supposed to use them within a few days of when you get them. Unfortunately for me, Mountain Homebrew emailed me to say that my hops would be arriving on Friday, 9/5, the exact day I was leaving for a trip to Winthrop. Luckily for us, you can dry-hop with fresh hops, and we’d just brewed round #2 of the Tragically Hopped Amber Ale the week before. So, BLAMMO, those hops got pwned right into the Amber:
One half pound of fresh Simcoe awesomeness. Apparently the water content of fresh hops makes them equivalent to about 20% the same weight of dried whole or pellet hops, so this was like adding around 2 ounces of dried Simcoe.

Kegging Update

I spent some time cleaning the whole kegerator system and the kegs themselves.

I also kegged the amber ales (coming in at 7% ABV)  last night so we can bottle them off of the BeerGun, and added a half gallon of “hop tea” to one keg. I did this by making a light wort with 6 ounces of DME and a half gallon of water, boiling it, and then adding 1 ounce each of Amarillo, Warrior and Centennial to the “tea” in a hop bag after I turned the flame off. I let it steep for about 10 minutes, then cooled the wort and added it to the bottom of the keg before filling the keg up. This may add some nice hop aroma to the beer, or it may completely kill the beer. We’ll see!

Right now we have 4 kegs of beer in the kegerator, almost all of which are scheduled for bottling: the Brown Ale and IPA from the Pork n Pie (ready to bottle this Saturday), and the 2 kegs of Amber Ale.

The Count’s Red Ale

Finally, we’ve been commissioned by The Count vonAbbittstein himself to brew a beer for his annual Halloween Spooktacular (or something). Scott and I met last Wednesday to conduct this mission, trying out a new Red Ale Recipe (adapted from  http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/mojave-red-112308/).

The brew went well, with no major hiccups. We achieved an efficiency in the low 70s, and hit most of our targets spot on. It’s fermented quite nicely already, and is in the final week or so of conditioning before it’ll be ready to be kegged.

Recipe: The Count’s Red Ale (Mojave Red)

Brewer: Central District Brewer's Collective
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0) 

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 6.00 gal
Boil Size: 8.24 gal
Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated Color: 18.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 39.7 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU
11 lbs 5.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)            Grain        83.54 %
11.0 oz       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)     Grain        5.06 %
11.0 oz       Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)     Grain        5.06 %
5.5 oz        Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                     Grain        2.53 %
5.5 oz        Special B Malt (180.0 SRM)                Grain        2.53 %
2.7 oz        Carafa II (412.0 SRM)                     Grain        1.27 %
0.53 oz       Warrior [18.20 %]  (60 min)               Hops         28.6 IBU
0.53 oz       Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.00 %]  (10 min)   Hops         6.7 IBU
0.53 oz       Amarillo Gold [8.50 %]  (10 min)          Hops         4.4 IBU
0.60 oz       Citra [12.00 %]  (0 min)                  Hops          -
0.60 oz       Columbus (Tomahawk) [13.00 %]  (0 min)    Hops          -
0.60 oz       Amarillo Gold [8.50 %]  (0 min)           Hops          -
2.68 gm       Salt (Mash 60.0 min)                      Misc
8.05 gm       Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 min)        Misc
13.41 gm      Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 min)  Misc
10.73 gal     Randy Mosher Adjustment to Seattle Water  Water
1 Pkgs        American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)          Yeast-Ale                  

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 13.54 lb
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Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time     Name               Description                         Step Temp
60 min        Mash In            Add 16.93 qt of water at 165.9 F    154.0 F

Brew Day: September 17th: Now Tripel-Dubbel Header Day!!

9 Sep

Just a little update, we will be brewing a Pumpkin beer. I don’t think we have the final recipe yet. Brew day is Sunday September 18th, Saturday, September 17th at 11am.  it’s a Sunday during football season, but we all have smart phones to follow the games right?

Let’s celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer and the coming of Fall and Winter with a festival of beer, cornhole and soccer.

This Tripel-Dubbel Header Day will try to combine sports AND beer.
This includes:
1. Backyard Cornhole Tournament. Set up teams, keep score, try to keep Indy from eating the bags.
2. Belgian Beer Tasting. Go to the store and find any Dubbels, Tripels, Quadruppels, and any other Belgian Beer that you think looks interesting. Bring a bottle or two to share. As always, there will also be CDBC beer on tap, and possible some Lucille IPA if enough people RSVP.
3. Sounders Game. We can all bus or cab or drive to the Sounders game around 5:30pm

After that, in the following weeks we are looking to brew a porter and some high gravity beers. If you haven’t brewed for a while, you really should come on by and checkout our full stationary system. No more lifting pots of boiling wort!

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