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Title: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 09:14:02 am
8 AM and we just mashed in for 15 bbl. of Rye IPA for the conference.  We're brewing at Rogue's Buckman Brewhouse in PDX.  My friend Tom came along to help...he's the guy in the picture...

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/307704bd.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: ccfoo242 on May 07, 2012, 09:18:31 am
*jealous*

-Sent from the future.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: theDarkSide on May 07, 2012, 09:21:24 am
Is the Rye IPA going to be at the banquet or is it the bottle they give to the attendees?

Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 09:30:07 am
Is the Rye IPA going to be at the banquet or is it the bottle they give to the attendees?

It's one of the commemorative beers you get when you register.  Rogue is also bringing some kegs for various events.  We didn't have time to get 1450 cultured up for it so we're using Pacman.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 09:33:15 am
(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/64f93359.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 07, 2012, 09:41:36 am
You guys look right at home, it must be the beards.

Edit - Have fun today. Will look forward to the beer at NHC.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: beersk on May 07, 2012, 09:43:43 am
Sweet!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: nateo on May 07, 2012, 09:44:38 am
I hope I'm that cool when I'm 60.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 09:54:33 am
Kettle filling now....

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/cc558c17.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tonyp on May 07, 2012, 10:01:47 am
awesome denny, enjoy it!

edit: and on your way out, grab me one of those brew kettles!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 10:04:38 am
awesome denny, enjoy it!

edit: and on your way out, grab me one of those brew kettles!

Don't think it'll fit in my 98 Civic.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: Pinski on May 07, 2012, 10:11:44 am
Very cool Denny! I got to brew there on the pilot system last March. Have fun!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: redbeerman on May 07, 2012, 10:16:31 am
Awesome Denny! 8)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: ccfoo242 on May 07, 2012, 10:22:15 am
Kettle filling now....

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/cc558c17.jpg)

Dang, Denny, that's a frothy stream!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tschmidlin on May 07, 2012, 10:36:32 am
Glad this batch is going Denny, it's the first of the conference beers to be brewed!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 10:39:30 am
Glad this batch is going Denny, it's the first of the conference beers to be brewed!

Wow, I thought the other ones were done already.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tschmidlin on May 07, 2012, 10:43:17 am
Glad this batch is going Denny, it's the first of the conference beers to be brewed!

Wow, I thought the other ones were done already.
maybe I'm misinformed :)  One may have been brewed yesterday but I thought it was next weekend, another is being brewed this week or next I think.  And I'm not sure about the 4th.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: homebrewgamecock on May 07, 2012, 12:28:42 pm
Looks like some great brewing fun at Rogue.  Makes me thirsty!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: bluesman on May 07, 2012, 12:33:21 pm
Really cool experience Denny.  8)

Wish I was there with you.
Title: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 12:39:51 pm
Just had a boilover.....on a 15 bbl. batch, it's pretty impressive!


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Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tomsawyer on May 07, 2012, 12:56:10 pm
Rye strikes again!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: saintpierre on May 07, 2012, 01:20:23 pm
Very awesome Denny! SO jealous.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 01:41:42 pm
Hops going in...

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/89468610.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 01:43:23 pm
Emptying 1200 lb. of spent grain

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/43c98571.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: Joe Sr. on May 07, 2012, 01:43:43 pm
Hops by the bucket full.  Nice.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 01:44:12 pm
Empty mash tun

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/5ce60a39.jpg)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tom on May 07, 2012, 02:06:45 pm
No problem with the lautering?
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tomsawyer on May 07, 2012, 02:50:38 pm
What was the grain bill, 1500lb?  That'd be about what I figure 15bbl of wry smile would take.  And something like 23lb of hops not counting the dry hops.

Edited to add:  Oops I see the grain bill was 1200lb, must be light beer.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 07, 2012, 02:52:03 pm
No problem with the lautering?
Where is the braided hose?   :)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 04:39:07 pm
No problem with the lautering?

None whatsoever.  They were paranoid since they've had issues before, but it went fine.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 04:40:15 pm
What was the grain bill, 1500lb?  That'd be about what I figure 15bbl of wry smile would take.  And something like 23lb of hops not counting the dry hops.

Edited to add:  Oops I see the grain bill was 1200lb, must be light beer.

We ended up doing only about 13 bbl.  Used 12 lb. of grain and 18 lb. of hops.  Hit 18P on the money.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 07, 2012, 04:41:18 pm
No problem with the lautering?
Where is the braided hose?   :)

I asked John to line up 200 blue coolers for me, but it didn't happen.  ;)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: mroakley on May 07, 2012, 05:17:15 pm
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: nateo on May 07, 2012, 05:19:11 pm
I asked John to line up 200 blue coolers for me, but it didn't happen.  ;)

Is it weird that I think about that every time I walk by the giant cooler displays at Walmart?
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: narvin on May 07, 2012, 05:20:26 pm
What was the grain bill, 1500lb?  That'd be about what I figure 15bbl of wry smile would take.  And something like 23lb of hops not counting the dry hops.

Edited to add:  Oops I see the grain bill was 1200lb, must be light beer.

We ended up doing only about 13 bbl.  Used 12 lb. of grain and 18 lb. of hops.  Hit 18P on the money.

Your efficiency is off the charts!

Very cool, looking forward to finally trying this beer as brewed by denny.
Title: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 05:33:23 pm
Awesome, I can't wait to try it!!!
Title: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 05:35:50 pm
Bet you sleep well tonight! ;)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 07, 2012, 06:34:45 pm
No problem with the lautering?
Where is the braided hose?   :)

I asked John to line up 200 blue coolers for me, but it didn't happen.  ;)
That is funny!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: maxieboy on May 07, 2012, 06:39:12 pm
Way cool...  8)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: bluesman on May 07, 2012, 07:31:58 pm
I can't wait to try this beer Denny.  Man...You should be proud.  8)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: kgs on May 07, 2012, 07:50:07 pm
What a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing with us so we can enjoy it vicariously.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: ccfoo242 on May 07, 2012, 08:30:00 pm
So what's it feel like throwing in hops by the pound? Must feel good...knowing the end product will make so many people happy.  8)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 08:39:39 pm
It feels expensive.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: ccfoo242 on May 07, 2012, 08:41:26 pm
It feels expensive.

 ;D Not if he didn't pay for it!  :P
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: majorvices on May 07, 2012, 08:44:47 pm
Good point ;)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: skyler on May 07, 2012, 11:08:13 pm
It feels expensive.

Aren't CTZ and Mt. Hood among the cheaper hops?
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: majorvices on May 08, 2012, 05:07:23 am
I get CTZ for around $5/lb so, yeah. I guess not that expensive. I never brewed the beer before so I have no idea what hops are in it.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: davidgzach on May 08, 2012, 05:59:26 am
Denny,

That was VERY cool.  Thanks for sharing!

Dave
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 09:17:24 am
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.

Hey, Dan, please make sure to find me there.  I'd love to finally meet you in person.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 09:19:09 am
So what's it feel like throwing in hops by the pound? Must feel good...knowing the end product will make so many people happy.  8)

4 3/4 lb. Mt. Hood FWH
7 lb. Columbus at 60
2 lb. 6 oz. Mt. Hood at 30
4 3/4 lb. Mt. Hood at 0
15 lb. Columbus dry hop
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 09:22:42 am
It feels expensive.

 ;D Not if he didn't pay for it!  :P

Grain was donated by Great Western.  We used their OR Select pale malt, grown here in OR.  Hops were donated by HopUnion.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: ccfoo242 on May 08, 2012, 09:24:08 am
So what's it feel like throwing in hops by the pound? Must feel good...knowing the end product will make so many people happy.  8)

4 3/4 lb. Mt. Hood FWH
7 lb. Columbus at 60
2 lb. 6 oz. Mt. Hood at 30
4 3/4 lb. Mt. Hood at 0
15 lb. Columbus dry hop

Hehe, at homebrew prices that's like $500-600 in hops.  :o
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 09:25:05 am
Last 2 pics...

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/2012-05-07_11-51-14_788.jpg)

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/2012-05-07_13-09-13_716.jpg)

L to R...John Maier, Danny Conners (brewer at Rogue's Buckman Brewhouse), me, Tom Fries
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 08, 2012, 10:28:42 am
Reading John's T-Shirt, I think he is a Super-Hero! "Call Hopman, we need to add more hops!"

That had to be a fun day.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 10:53:56 am
Reading John's T-Shirt, I think he is a Super-Hero! "Call Hopman, we need to add more hops!"

That had to be a fun day.

It was a great day...everything went very smoothly.  The only downside was that Tom and I had to get up at 3:30 AM to be in PDX ready to brew by 7!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: mroakley on May 08, 2012, 11:12:00 am
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.

Hey, Dan, please make sure to find me there.  I'd love to finally meet you in person.

You going to be at club night?  Normally I man the booth, serve beer and chat it up (my favorite parts) but since most of our club members didn't sign up in time, we won't have a booth this year.  I'm going to be doing plenty of wandering and will try and find you though.  Will be great meeting you.   :)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tfries on May 08, 2012, 11:21:18 am
Reading John's T-Shirt, I think he is a Super-Hero! "Call Hopman, we need to add more hops!"

That had to be a fun day.

Yes, it was indeed a fun day.  I was glad to have had the opportunity to participate.

Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 11:41:05 am
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.

Hey, Dan, please make sure to find me there.  I'd love to finally meet you in person.

You going to be at club night?  Normally I man the booth, serve beer and chat it up (my favorite parts) but since most of our club members didn't sign up in time, we won't have a booth this year.  I'm going to be doing plenty of wandering and will try and find you though.  Will be great meeting you.   :)

Yeah, our club is swerving at club night.  Look for a booth that looks like Ken Kesey's bus!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: tfries on May 08, 2012, 11:56:02 am

Yeah, our club is swerving at club night.  Look for a booth that looks like Ken Kesey's bus!

That depends on who we let drive the bus.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 08, 2012, 11:58:52 am

Yeah, our club is swerving at club night.  Look for a booth that looks like Ken Kesey's bus!

That depends on who we let drive the bus.

 ;D
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: Poobah58 on May 08, 2012, 12:16:19 pm
Sweet! Looks like it was fun...
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: brewmichigan on May 09, 2012, 07:27:42 am
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 09, 2012, 09:48:25 am
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 09, 2012, 10:13:52 am
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.

So John is not into clicking icons on the display to do the brewing?  :)

Edit - Not that there is anything wrong with that. We did one of our beers at a local Brewpub, and there was no manway on the mash tun.  The wet spent grain from 7 bbls. of a Baltic Porter had to come up and over- good thing it was wide and shallow. They are getting a 14 barrel system soon, with a manway on the mashtun. My friend Bob told the brewer that with that, he had gotten a raise! Those guys work hard, real hard.

Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 09, 2012, 12:22:38 pm
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.

So John is not into clicking icons on the display to do the brewing?  :)

Edit - Not that there is anything wrong with that. We did one of our beers at a local Brewpub, and there was no manway on the mash tun.  The wet spent grain from 7 bbls. of a Baltic Porter had to come up and over- good thing it was wide and shallow. They are getting a 14 barrel system soon, with a manway on the mashtun. My friend Bob told the brewer that with that, he had gotten a raise! Those guys work hard, real hard.

Man, I can't imagine having to do that!

I don't know about your Beer Camp, but for us "brewing" involved weighing out the hops and grain and watching Scott and his crew do the work.

BTW, all gravity readings were taken with a hydrometer at the Rogue brew.  John hates refractometers!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: brewmichigan on May 10, 2012, 07:41:20 am

BTW, all gravity readings were taken with a hydrometer at the Rogue brew.  John hates refractometers!

I do to but 3 broken hydrometers can change a man. I'm sure John has a fancy hydrometer holding station like a "drawer" or something. Man, pro brewers have all the cool toys.  :D
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 10, 2012, 08:05:28 am
Thanks for sharing Denny. Looked like that brew day was a lot harder than our brew day at SN  ;)

It sure was!  I told John about the "brewing" at SN and he laughed.

So John is not into clicking icons on the display to do the brewing?  :)

Edit - Not that there is anything wrong with that. We did one of our beers at a local Brewpub, and there was no manway on the mash tun.  The wet spent grain from 7 bbls. of a Baltic Porter had to come up and over- good thing it was wide and shallow. They are getting a 14 barrel system soon, with a manway on the mashtun. My friend Bob told the brewer that with that, he had gotten a raise! Those guys work hard, real hard.

Man, I can't imagine having to do that!

I don't know about your Beer Camp, but for us "brewing" involved weighing out the hops and grain and watching Scott and his crew do the work.

BTW, all gravity readings were taken with a hydrometer at the Rogue brew.  John hates refractometers!
You didn't get to dump the hops into the boil kettle?  That and what you said.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 10, 2012, 08:56:13 am
You didn't get to dump the hops into the boil kettle?  That and what you said.

Oh, yeah, that too....one of the other guys did it and I forgot that part.  The Rogue brew was much more physical!
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: bluesman on May 10, 2012, 10:27:01 am
Denny, How would you rate the processes of SN vs. Rogue?  Which brewery impressed you the most?
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: denny on May 10, 2012, 10:38:22 am
Denny, How would you rate the processes of SN vs. Rogue?  Which brewery impressed you the most?

Keep in mind that I brewed at a small satellite Rogue brewery, although I've been to the main brewery many times.  Obviously SN is much larger.  I also think SN is more geeky/techy/tightly controlled (in terms of the brewing process) than Rogue.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: brewmichigan on May 11, 2012, 07:38:56 am
Denny, How would you rate the processes of SN vs. Rogue?  Which brewery impressed you the most?

Keep in mind that I brewed at a small satellite Rogue brewery, although I've been to the main brewery many times.  Obviously SN is much larger.  I also think SN is more geeky/techy/tightly controlled (in terms of the brewing process) than Rogue.

 I would imagine. I've never been to Rogue or know anything about their brewing process but SN is on top of everything. They have made into a science! I was blown away by how much control they have over the product when you're making hundreds of thousands of barrels of beer.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 11, 2012, 09:22:59 am
When we toured Rogue about 8 to 9 years back, it looked like a big homebrew set up.  That is to be a compliment to John, who was a AHA homebrewer of the year.

Sierra Nevada is a very technical brewery. It is the cleanest brewery I have ever been in. It is the most beautiful brewery I have been in. I think these points are all reflections of Ken Grossman view of what his brewery should be.
Title: Re: Brewing at Rogue today
Post by: mroakley on May 11, 2012, 11:06:35 am
Sierra Nevada is a very technical brewery. It is the cleanest brewery I have ever been in. It is the most beautiful brewery I have been in. I think these points are all reflections of Ken Grossman view of what his brewery should be.

I agree. 

The hop freezer is my favorite part.  "Go get your hands dirty!"  Well, okay, if you absolutely insist.   :)