Over the past few years brewing I've made a lot of mistakes and drank a lot of different off tasting brews to learn from them. My goal is to find one to two different recipes I really enjoy and improve on them each year. Right now I've got one really good Porter I brew on Veteran's Day and a couple IPAs I like to brew during the Spring months for a refreshing Summer ale. Once I get more comfortable with these brews I want to share them on the website. Shipping "One Good Beer at a Time," watch for more to come...
Last week I had the chance to show some people how to home brew and we made 15 gallons of a Gateway IPA. I was the lucky keeper of one of the 5 gallon carboys and timed another big brew just right to use the yeast as I transferred the Gateway to the secondary fermentor. A clone of "Unearthly IIPA" was what I chose and then decided to do a parti-gyle off of the second runnings of the grains using a nylon bag to transfer to the second mash water at 155 degrees.
For the parti-gyle we used hop additions as follows with no real calculations, just a little guess work with leftovers based on their alphas...
Half oz - German Perle at 60, 3/4 oz - Willamette at 20 and 1/2 oz German Hallertau at 5
We still have a few leftovers for some dry hopping! Also pictured is the original yeast we used on the Gateway IPA.
Last week we did a brewing demo at Once, Then, Again Antiques and Collectables and this week Gabe will be brewing in Cleghorn, IA. The Red Shed event is held every last Friday at 5869 H Ave, Cleghorn, IA by Imajining and features amazing refinished furniture and lots of unique items to add to your interior design. I'll be brewing an Extra Special Bitter from 2-row Maris Otter, Caramunich II, and Willamette, and UK Kent Golding hops. It should smell amazing at the event! Some people start a brewery in their garage but I prefer a canopy outdoors! Cheers!
Founded by brewer Gabe Fletcher, Anchorage Brewing Company is one of the newest breweries to open in Alaska. Specializing in barrel fermentation with brettanomyces and souring cultures. Blurring the lines between new and old styles of beer and brewing procedures, we take extreme steps to produce some of the most unique beers ever made.
"WHERE BREWING IS AN ART & BRETTANOMYCES IS KING!" I wrote Gabe for a recipe and this is what he sent back! Love their beer!
I grew up in a small town and the most important thing in that small town was the people. Without them there is no small town. There are all kinds of hopes and dreams in small town USA that it is hard to soak them all in. I believe that if you listen enough and ask the right questions you can learn a lot. While in banking my favorite thing to do was to listen to the people that came in on a daily basis. There were stories from fame and glory, war and tragedy, success and failures, to simple matters like what they were making for dinner. It didn't matter. Each person was happy to share and to have someone listen. That's how I made a small difference everyday.
I am thankful to be able to be versed in different cultures and want to learn more about people. Also, I'm happy to have been taught there is a balance between money and happiness. As a person you have to realize that money isn't everything and if you find a passion it will come naturally. I may still be looking for that passion myself but I am enjoying the ride along the way. With the help of all the people I have met I have not only learned some about what I want to be but also what I don't want to be.
I was talking to a person I met while in Las Vegas and she was really concerned that she wasn't making a difference in her life. I turned and said the world is a big place and you probably make a small difference in peoples lives and don't even realize it. A simple smile everyday and asking how people are doing is a small difference that can ripple like dropping a small pebble in a pond of water. I told her a story of during the financial collapse when I was worried about my job at Bank of America as the stock dropped like a rock to $3.50. How I was internalizing others problems and driving myself crazy. Then one day, I had a customer come in smiling, oblivious to what was going on and somehow it gave me hope. I looked out and cars were still driving down the road, people were still shopping at the stores nearby and things weren't as bad as the news had reported. Some just get caught up in the past and future that they don't realize that they should be happy to just still be here. "Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?"-Henry James
So I guess what I am saying is with all the people I have met what matters the most is that you be optimistic, dream big, and don't let the nay-sayers get to you. Life will change with the tides and as long as you roll with them you will be all right. Just go after what you want and things will fall into place. Get out there and enjoy today! Cheers!
The corner of 36th & Farnam Street in Omaha, Nebraska has been the place to be since 1996! Anchored by the Crescent Moon Alehouse, this location is now home to four of the finest in beer experiences in the Omaha area and together offer over 50 beers on draught! In 2005, Omaha's only true German Beer Hall was opened on the lower level of the Moon. (Holds the recipe to the best Sauerkraut you have ever tasted!)
The Huber Haus welcomes you with Bier, Brats and Boots!
The newest members of the family were opened in late 2006....
Max and Joe's takes you back to the neighborhood tavern. Now available for special occasions by reservation, we are open to the public Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights if there is not a prior private reservation.
Beertopia, Omaha's premier beer emporium.
Nearly 600 specialty beers from around the world await you.
"Drink Global - Shop Local" at Beertopia!
So what are you waiting for?
Meet us at Moon on the corner of 36th and Farnam Street in Omaha, Nebraska!
Founded in February of 1996, the Crescent Moon has been dedicated to providing Omaha’s beer lovers a truly unique selection of draft beers from the world’s best breweries with an emphasis on local and regional beers.
Firm believers in the neighborhood tavern and its importance as an integral part of any neighborhood, a place where friends can gather and discuss the news of the day over a pint of their favorite brew.... an oasis in a world that sometimes seems just a little too complicated.
So come to the Crescent Moon and experience it for yourself…
Requires a Drink Purchase -- Served Til We Run Out! -- Dine In Only
Nebraska Beer Night. Enjoy pints of Nebraska made beer at a $1.00 discount and all UV vodka drinks for only $2.75. Plus 60¢ tacos.
Lunch Grilled 6oz Top Sirloin Sandwich - $7.25
Pint Night. Buy the featured beer and keep the glass. Selected 1/2 price appetizers from 4-7pm.
LunchCheesy Chicken Enchilada - $7.25
New Belgium Draft Beers are just $3.00 per pint. $3.00 Long Islands. Get a ½ pound burger and fries for just $5.50.
Lunch Chef's Selection
The Moon's Famous Wing Fling. Get as many of our great Inferno wings for just .40 each. Sorry, no to-go boxes. Also Boulevard beers are just $3.00 per pint.
Lunch Hand Breaded 6oz Pork Tenderloin Sandwich - $7.25
Free Food Happy Hour. Free food while it lasts. Happy Hour priced drafts, wine and premium well drinks from 4-7pm.
Lunch Cajun Chicken Sandwich - $7.15
$1.50 off all pitchers (some exclusions). Karaoke at 10pm! All Day - Classic sliders just $1.00 each.
Gotta say this was the best tour I went on so far. I got a chance to go out to Colorado and visit the makers of Fat Tire and they really have their shit together! One easy tip that stood out was the transfer of steam on their cooking vats to decrease the amount of energy used to heat each one. They also said that they prefer to use stainless steel instead of copper because it is easier to clean and sanitize.
I would like to know why all other breweries I have seen in the past use copper...
Try their new Sour beers! Crescent Moon does a tasting. They are like nothing else you have ever tasted before! If you want to taste them in Omaha, NE go to Crescent Moon!