No more UnderDogBrewing.co??

Not exactly... But over the last 12 months or so there's not been much update with underdog brewing as I have been focusing myself on a lot of other projects. There also seems to be a few microbreweries & brewpubs apparently opening over in U.S. and Canada with similar names, so between getting tagged on Twitter as beer festivals, receiving congrats on Facebook for the opening of a restaurant and the odd email now & again to see if I need various commercial equipment & services, or provide beer for various event from across the pond, as much as I'd love to say I'm in the business to accommodate it, I'm not.

So I think it's time for a new name, new motive and a new approach, updating all the existing content on underdogbrewing.co, broadening the scope but at the same time from the perspective of an Irish amateur brewer & craft beer enthusiast (aka another beer geek!) I have a new website, brand, the lot on the way, so watch this space!!

Feeling Unique! 🙊 

Feeling Unique! 🙊 

Ps. Some hints are floating around the underdogbrewing.co site of what's to come! ;) 

Build Your Own Brewery (BYOB) Project

This is what I've been up to for the last last few weeks (months) anyway, the Build Your Own Brewery (BYOB) project, building a Mash Tun, Boil Kettle and Wort Chiller using reasonably priced materials. The aim here was to make the required 'brewday' equipment for All Grain brewing.  If you're not up to speed with the brewing process have a look at this video giving a quick overview on how beer is made - keep an eye on the what brewing equipment is used and why we need it in any brewery (whether that be home or otherwise) 

For the first part of the task I've decided to go with making a wort chiller first. The wort chiller is going to be the last piece of equipment I'll need to use on a Brewday, it's used to cool down the wort as quick as possible for the yeast to be pitched at right temperature. It also helps with the beers clarity and reduces the chance of infection. There are a few different types out there, but the one I'm showing here is an Immersion Wort Chiller. This a tightly wrapped coil of copper pipe connected to 2 lengths of hose. One end connects to a cold water tap and the other drains the water out of the coil. The coil is immersed into the boiling wort and when the boil has finished, turn on the tap and wait for the cold water to pass through the coil and out the other end. during this time, the copper acts as a heat exchange 

To make the wort chiller I basically got a length copper coil, 10-15 meters would have done the job but I got 25 meters to make a double coil.

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Unfortunately I had to do some handy work to deal with the fact I ordered insulated copper, as you can see above, wasn't a problem for my friend Stanley. 

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Once I had the copper stripped it's simply a case of manipulating  it into a "neat" coil. I used two empty malt extract cans (paint tins work a charm too) and some towels to help me with this. That's the chiller sorted. Now to get down to business... Mash tun!

April Ale-ments!

It's been a bit of a stretch since my last blog post, have been up to all sorts of brewing activities in the spare time! Couple of batches done this month - honey porter from the White House recipe and a session ale for the summer!  

Headed out to the Capital Brewers Brewday at the start of the month to see the lads do a couple of all grain brews. A lot to be said for going out to your local homebrew club Brewday, you really learn so much for just the day that's in it!  (And of course a bitta good Craic!) 

 

On the website you may have noticed on the homebrew section there's now a starter guide for those interested in getting into extract brewing. There's gonna be a brew-log soon added so if there's any of the recipes you want to brew, don't be afraid to give it a bash!

And of course I had entered two beers into a homebrew competition I mentioned in my last blog - Homebrew cup @ the Twisted Pepper. The competition there was tough and there were some really good beers there. No cup for me this time round but for "Honey I shrunk the Hops" I got a decent result! Plenty more competitions coming up!  

Next few plans on the cards - the construction of the UnderDog (all grain) Brewery. A little side project of the overall side project (a side-side project)! I'll be throwing up updates as it goes along and a few photos via Instagram & Twitter! Also have just got in a fruit press - Underdog Brewing Cider will be on the way - watch this space!!. 


Plan Bee

Well the first homebrew session went down a storm! good turnout and no complaints (despite my efforts asking everyone to tell me the beer was no use!) Brought some of the brews along to the local homebrew club meetup and they went down very well! Have since done up batch on a Honey Pale Ale and there's a lot of interest on that already taking off! (If only I had a micro/nano brewery with all the bells & whistles!!) It'll be the first of three brews which will involve honey in the recipes. 

Next part of the plan is to get some brews into some local competitions and see where I stand alongside other brewers in the same boat! Keep an eye out on the usual spot (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) hopefully for some good news!

The Underdog Brewing Premier

So my last blog I said I was doing two batches of beer, Stout and Witbeer/Wheatbeer, which i've been busy away getting both together!

In the mean time thanks to the help of Facebook events, I've started the first official Underdog Brewing event, albeit a small private one. This will be the first time the beers will be out for others to consume and while the idea of any this becoming anything more than  hobby is many years away yet, to know that you've made something from scratch (give or take the odd ingredient) yourself and see what you can make it into is very encouraging!

I'll be getting some further development on website going with some useful links, more content on the Homebrew section and a new Brew Log section for anyone else looking to make their own. For folks that got Facebook invites, see you at the Homebrew Session! For the rest, don't worry I'll let you know if it's a down well or like a lead balloon