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Title: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: klickitat jim on December 18, 2013, 06:01:25 AM
Tomorrow I'm brewing up a lager and a mild. I don't think I'll have room in my fermentor chamber after that until after the first. Good thing because I think that will put me about a pint short of the annual limit. ;-)
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: ynotbrusum on December 18, 2013, 11:14:50 AM
I'm in the same boat...final brew Saturday, then bottling a bunch for gifts.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: fmader on December 18, 2013, 01:20:45 PM
I'll be brewing my 20th batch at some point before the new year.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: duboman on December 18, 2013, 02:03:33 PM
I just brewed up my last batch a few days ago so I can get it packaged before I head out on my first vacation in 5 years!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: theDarkSide on December 18, 2013, 02:09:29 PM
I'm trying to get one more in before the end of the year, but last weekend it snowed and this weekend they are expecting rain.

I really need to look into an electric setup so I can brew inside.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 18, 2013, 02:15:35 PM
Gonna brew an alt this weekend.  It'll be my last this year.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on December 18, 2013, 02:20:01 PM
Ya...I failed to buy the supplies for one last brew...thanks for the salt in the wound  :'(

On the upside I have perfect plans for the upcoming year and a great brew schedule!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on December 18, 2013, 02:41:42 PM
Just moved to St. Louis, and my cold-side equipment isn't here yet...

Looking like I might not brew until mid-JANUARY!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: erockrph on December 18, 2013, 02:52:46 PM
Got a Wee Heavy mashing right now, and then doing a basic lambic this afternoon since it's been a few months since I've fed my sour bugs.

If the big box in my front hallway is what I think it is, then there will be plenty o' lagers coming once I can get back to brewing next year.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: beersk on December 18, 2013, 07:29:36 PM
Last Saturday might've been my last of the year. It put me at 36 batches for the year, I think. A lot of 3 and 4 gallon batches. I'd like to brew one more time, an IPA, but not sure I'll have the time/fermenter free. Got a pilsner going right now.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: 69franx on December 18, 2013, 07:51:13 PM
My last brew for the year was on Sunday. It is a smoked porter. Its my 6th batch, and 1st all grain. Cant wait to try it out and compare to the extract version (same basic recipe) that was my 3rd batch back in August.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: denny on December 19, 2013, 04:42:46 PM
I got all geared up to brew and then turned the water to the brewery back on after our recent freezing spell.  Looks like I'm gonna have to be a plumber before I can be a brewer.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: klickitat jim on December 19, 2013, 09:53:46 PM
That blows! I had two water freeze sitchiations during out several week freeze. All good now due to aluminum bubble wrap and spray Styrofoam.

I decided to prep yesterday. Brewing today. Great brew day! Discovered BN brew strong on my smart phone. Learning laughing brewing drinking. Quadfecta
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: snowtiger87 on December 19, 2013, 10:12:43 PM
It was -15 degrees here not too long ago and I did not have any pipe busting problems so I was lucky there. Electric is the way to go, I can brew if its 0 or 100 comfortably.

I am waiting for the next snow storm to brew just so I can look out my brewery window as the flakes fall  ;D
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Slowbrew on December 19, 2013, 10:40:01 PM
I'm going knock out an American Wheat very early on Saturday.  It will very likely be my last brew of the year.  Very busy 2 weeks coming up.

May get in the first brews of 2014 on the 2nd or 3rd of January.  Not sure yet.

Paul
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on December 19, 2013, 11:33:29 PM
im brewing 30 gals before year end.....15 down 15 to go!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: ynotbrusum on December 20, 2013, 04:08:29 AM
I'm jealous.  Not enough time nor space at this point.  Brewed 20 gallons last weekend, though!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: kgs on December 20, 2013, 05:38:41 AM
Might brew this weekend but more likely mash Monday night, brew Tuesday morning. Have not brewed since September, due to a heavy work/school schedule. I'm hoping to brew at least two times before late January.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: tschmidlin on December 20, 2013, 06:20:47 AM
Today might have been my last one for this year, I'll have to see if I get motivated to brew a batch at home in the next 12 days.  I'll have to check my malt on hand too :)
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: dzlater on December 20, 2013, 12:02:07 PM
I'm going to brew up something this weekend. I might even do two batches.
Sunday they are calling a high of 70 that might not happen again for quite a while.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: majorvices on December 20, 2013, 12:33:40 PM
Today is most likely my last brewday of the year. Looking forward to some much needed R & R.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: dannyjed on December 20, 2013, 01:02:52 PM
I going to try and get in a APA and BW before the New Year. Then I'm going to focus on some lagers and Belgians.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: dbarber on December 20, 2013, 01:53:14 PM
I'll be brewing this weekend since they are forecasting 65 degrees.  I'll probably brew one more time between xmas and new years.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: redbeerman on December 20, 2013, 02:32:43 PM
I got all geared up to brew and then turned the water to the brewery back on after our recent freezing spell.  Looks like I'm gonna have to be a plumber before I can be a brewer.

I hate when that happens!  Good luck Denny!  I may fit one more in the weekend after Christmas.  That will be the beginning of my Lambic experiment.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: pinnah on December 20, 2013, 03:51:46 PM
Yeesh Denny.  Frozen pipes are bad but digging them up is the worst!!  :( I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

I have a few planned during the holidays...little late on that Saison Noel, a Celebration, a Baltic, looking for a good American Brown recipe.....

Cheers to the end of the year Brewing.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: cheshirecat on December 20, 2013, 03:57:23 PM
Just mashed in on my first try at an American Lager, after that a Green tea Saison later today. Leaving tomorrow to go visit the gf and my family so it will be my last brew day of the year. Cheers everyone!!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: denny on December 20, 2013, 04:10:54 PM
That blows! I had two water freeze sitchiations during out several week freeze. All good now due to aluminum bubble wrap and spray Styrofoam.

I decided to prep yesterday. Brewing today. Great brew day! Discovered BN brew strong on my smart phone. Learning laughing brewing drinking. Quadfecta

My garage is plumbed with PEX and has a water shutoff and drain valve.  All of that survived fine, but a barb to thread adapter cracked right down the middle of the threads.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: boulderbrewer on December 20, 2013, 04:17:55 PM
I hope to get two more in before the end. That will make it 39 batches for the year. A touch over 8000 gallons. ;)
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: klickitat jim on December 20, 2013, 04:28:57 PM
Glad it was an easy fix Denny
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on December 20, 2013, 04:33:47 PM
Looks like I will be able to get one last session in late next week. Gonna take advantage of cooler fermentation temps and go for my first Kolsch. Will be using Magnum for bittering and American hops for late additions so it won't be very traditional...
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: denny on December 20, 2013, 05:22:36 PM
Glad it was an easy fix Denny

Not fixed yet!  As soon as the freezing rain we're getting ends, I'm heading into town to look for parts.  Maybe I can brew next week.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: klickitat jim on December 20, 2013, 05:29:27 PM
Freezing rain? Double yuk.
Our forecast is 40/30 and partial sun for the next several days. Just lucky I guess
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: micsager on December 20, 2013, 08:41:53 PM
We had planned to brew some more of our Amber Saturday.  But were down at the bar that sells our beer, and half the crowd there was asking for more of our Woody Warmer.  So, I'm headed down to the LHBS shop for some Carafa II.......
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 20, 2013, 09:03:26 PM
Done for the year after a double batch two weeks ago.

Starting to plan the first 2014 brew though.

Glad it was an easy fix Denny

Not fixed yet!  As soon as the freezing rain we're getting ends, I'm heading into town to look for parts.  Maybe I can brew next week.

I have a great hardware store blocks from my house.  I still have to schedule time to get there.  It's unbelievable.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: denny on December 20, 2013, 10:13:43 PM
I have a great hardware store blocks from my house.  I still have to schedule time to get there.  It's unbelievable.

We have a locally owned home improvement store (think Home Depot, but locally owned with great selection and friendly, knowledgeable sales people) that's on the edge of town closest to me.  So, it's only a 25 min. drive!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 20, 2013, 10:52:50 PM
We have a locally owned home improvement store (think Home Depot, but locally owned with great selection and friendly, knowledgeable sales people) that's on the edge of town closest to me.  So, it's only a 25 min. drive!

The place by me is the same deal, though I'm not sure how local the owners are anymore.  They may have left for the suburbs. 

They have EVERYTHING, though.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: drjones on December 23, 2013, 06:57:32 PM
Did a double 5-gallon batch yesterday with my brewing buddy to create 1.051 70 schilling and 1.037 60 schilling ales.  Started this malty combo by topping out my poor 8-gallon mash tun with 15+ pounds of grain to produce an 8.5-gallon batch that was appropriately split and watered down to hit the final target gravities.  I'm looking forward to these smaller malty ales as a good palette rest after my last over-the-top IPA.  With three fermenters now bubbling, this was certainly the last batch of the year!
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: jeffy on December 23, 2013, 07:34:59 PM
We have a locally owned home improvement store (think Home Depot, but locally owned with great selection and friendly, knowledgeable sales people) that's on the edge of town closest to me.  So, it's only a 25 min. drive!

The place by me is the same deal, though I'm not sure how local the owners are anymore.  They may have left for the suburbs. 

They have EVERYTHING, though.

My local hardware store burned down a few years ago.  It was one of those places that had a cat on the front counter and brass parts in stock for my 1956 era toilets, plus the cheapest propane refills in town.  They also had a leather/tool maker attached that made holsters for all the cops in the area.  It was sad to see it go.

I made ten gallons of a light-colored smoked Festbier yesterday using the malt I cold-smoked last weekend.  Nine pounds of munich malt, 7 pounds of alder-smoked 2-row pale malt and 4 pounds of 2-row smoked over citrus chips.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on December 23, 2013, 07:43:48 PM
Managed to sneak in a last minute Irish Red since we just "happened" to be in the area of my LHBS for some Christmas shopping  ;D
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: koop3700 on December 23, 2013, 07:50:04 PM
Well just starting to recover from my trip to my local ace hardware which i must say has everything you need as far as brass and piping to knowledge in one spot nicely organized with common sense.Bit more costly but my first disappointment from the big box stores bouncing isle to isle this over there that over here and all in all poor quality brass and not everything i needed.So i put everything back and went to Ace returned home with all my components to finalize my all grain set up finally. all going well actually very well looking good to try my first all grain before the new year then my luck came into play and i ran a drill bit 3 inches into my left hand f.... S... so here i am getting more education and typing with one hand awesome. Glad you guys are here with this wealth of knowledge passes the time quite nice. thanks to all and merry christmas. Special note auto-center punch the round stock and clamp in vise to drill dont be stoopid lol we will try again to finish in a week or so hopefully.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 23, 2013, 07:54:32 PM
my luck came into play and i ran a drill bit 3 inches into my left hand f.... S...

Ouch.  I learned not to brace against the board your drilling through in a similar fashion.  Sistering rafters together and ran the drill straight through in to the heel of my hand.  No major damage, but my kids learned some new words.

Good luck on a quick recovery.
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: koop3700 on December 23, 2013, 07:58:10 PM
Thats good on the no damage i have no feeling in my index and very touchy to move. I go to specialist tomorrow hopefully good news. thanks
Title: Re: Last brew day for 2013
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on December 23, 2013, 08:50:51 PM
Thats good on the no damage i have no feeling in my index and very touchy to move. I go to specialist tomorrow hopefully good news. thanks

 :o

Best of luck!