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Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:24:11 PM »
Here are some pics from my brew day yesterday at Thirsty Bear brewery in San Francisco.

The day went well. no major mishaps apart from a few grazed knuckles while stirring the mash.

The 8 barrels that will contain the brew in a couple weeks are on the right. the two fermenters in back are 30 bbl for the flagship brews, the two on the left are two of the 4 15 bbl fermenters.


This is the fermenter that now contains the base beer for bugs and cherries.



Me and Talula, the events coordinator at 7 Bridges in front of the barrels.



A very artsy shot of us exploring the bright tanks


Rice hulls and acid malt (I know, I always question acid malt, but it's what they use instead of 88% lactic so I'm fine with that)


I think I'm having fun


A shot of the whole fermentation area from atop the brewhouse platform


this is either the beginning of the sparge or the beginning of mashing in.


Mashing in


right about here is where the skinned knuckles happened


There go the rice hulls


Talula feeding the mill



mashing in again, this time you can see that when you are atop the brewhouse platform you are in the middle of the dining room.


recirc


Sight glass on the recirc


Brewmaster Brenden making sure the pump doesn't get away. (and rinsing the fermenter after it's acid wash)


Making sure it's clean (Are you looking at my bum? cheeky bum lookers)


just hangin out


Grain out


Hops in


Clearing the gunky yeast before transferring from a finished brew directly to the clean fermenter. We actually just pressurized the fermenter beside the new one and pushed yeast from the dump valve into the dump valve of the new fermenter.


Post brew tasting. The labelless anchor bottle in the background was mine. when we tasted it the owner suggested Brendan grab a bottle of their cherry sour to compare. they were surprisingly similar. Theirs had tart cherries instead of sweet and you could taste the difference. Theirs was also aged in the barrels and mine was not oaked. I could taste that as well. Just a note of vanilla that wasn't there in mine.


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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 03:28:09 PM »
Awesome!

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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 03:32:15 PM »
Man, that's fantastic !  Had to be pretty exciting.
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 03:41:21 PM »
Man, that's fantastic !  Had to be pretty exciting.

most fun I've had doing hard physical labor maybe ever.
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 03:43:07 PM »
That looks like fun! Very nice.
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 03:47:02 PM »
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to brew in a hat. ;)
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 03:48:25 PM »
Great pictures! What a day!
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 03:53:16 PM »
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to brew in a hat. ;)

That hat has seen me through some times. looking pretty rough at this point but I still love it and can't find another that I like and that fits my enormous head
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 04:05:55 PM »
Looks like a fun day. Hard physical work indeed when you get to brew on that scale.
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 05:52:38 PM »
Awesome! Wish I could pop in and sample some when it's ready...
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 07:38:49 PM »
Pure awesomeness!   Nicely done!
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 09:22:18 PM »
Looks like a fun day Mort, can't wait to hear how it turns out!
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 09:33:50 PM »
Congrats! That's sure going to be an awesome feeling when you finally get to sample the results of all your hard work.
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2014, 09:37:15 PM »
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to brew in a hat. ;)

The hat's ok, I'm just glad he had pants!
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Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2014, 11:36:53 PM »
Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to brew in a hat. ;)

The hat's ok, I'm just glad he had pants!

it was a close call. went with pants at the last minute. wore the kilt to brew club tonight though. unfortunately no pictures
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