Brew Day:Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight & Whizdoodle

Yep, Whipple (S.B.D.) and Whizdoodle.  As you might have guessed, these beers are Roald Dahl influenced, and that’s because they are a spin on Bogue Beauregarde… named for Violet Beauregarde in Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It all comes full circle.

Bogues was first fermented on a mixture of a saison yeast and wild yeast culled from the outside of some blueberries.  Just the outside though; we didn’t use the blueberries for anything other than the yeast.  For a long time we had been wanting to do a blueberry beer, so a version of Bogues seemed a perfect candidate.  Ryan re-did the recipe to make it work better with fruit, and then it was named Whipple Scrumptious Blueberry Delight.  To up it a bit more, we also decided to sour some of the wort as well, and this we dubbed Whizdoodle.

Today was a perfect brew day.  We hit all of our numbers almost perfectly, and the wort we collected at the end was deep purple!  What makes the color all the more amazing is that we’ve only used 4 of the 20 pounds of blueberries that are going to go into these beers… we’ve only got 20% of the blueberries in there.

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In go the blueberries… causing Ryan to burn his face with wort.  For the 2nd time.

Once the yeast (now a saison and brettanomyces blend) gets going, both beers will have more blueberries added, as well as additional Brettanomyces claussenii.  Once the secondary fermentation on the blueberries is complete, Whizdoodle will have a sour bacteria blend (and potentially some oak) added, then both beers will be left to age for at least a couple of months.

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It’s. So. Purple.

These beers are the first of a long list that we are going to brew and store up in order to throw a potential investor dinner in the spring.  We have a pretty aggressive goal to brew between now and then!  Hopefully we will get a chance to share some of these (and the many more we are making) with you soon.

Brewday Playlist:
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
Death – …For The World To See
CZARFACE – Every Hero Needs a Villain
Apollo 440 – Electro Glide in Blue
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Brother Ali – Us
Flobots – Fight with tools

Brew Day: Mehoopany, iPA (x2!)

Back on October 1st, we brewed BBxB’s first ever “Northeast Style IPA,” named “Mehoopany, iPA” after the small town in Pennsylvania that Ryan’s family comes from.  We wanted to make a beer that is soft, juicy, and super-hazy, and we feel like we succeeded in that.  This beer will be available for sampling in the next Ceverceros competition on November 12th. Many of the people to try it so far feel like it is “alcoholic pineapple juice” and we are ok with that!

We wanted to bring a beer style to Texas that has been very underrepresented, so we brought the NEIPA here.  This beer will be available for sampling 11/12/2016 from 1-5 at La Villita as part of the Cerverceros competition.  We took this first batch out for some sampling by a few people, and the feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive!

As of right now, Mehoopany, iPA has a rating of 4.267 out of 5 on Untappd.  Some of the comments were: “Hazy and delicious.” “NE comes to Tejas” and my favorite so far “F*cking killed it!”  We are looking forward to taking this second batch that we brewed for the competition out to get more feedback and more ratings.

For the second batch (that will be available at the comp), we made some slight changes.  It is still über-hoppy (with 12oz of hops in a 5 gallon batch), but we reduced the bitterness just a little bit, changed some of the hops used,  and changed up the dry hopping a bit.  In addition there were some slight changes to the malt bill to try to add a little bit more body to the beer.  We are really excited to share it with you and hope you come out to try it!

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BBxB – Coming Soon!

Also, we are starting to look more seriously at our business plans as we are looking to get a location sooner rather than later.  We will likely be looking into Kickstarter or GoFundMe as a place to get some of our beginning monies, but also looking at investors to find a base for our brand.  Hopefully in the not too distant future you can buy our beer!  In the meantime you can come out to the homebrew competition at La Villita on 11/12 and at least buy our glasses!!!

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Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary, Andy’s homebrewed NEIPA (the space), 2015 Firestone Stickee Monkee, Feb. 2014 Real Ale Sisyphus, Real Ale Brewer’s Cut 14: Kriek, some Mehoopany, iPA (Space #2) and Heavy Melon (thumbs down on that one) (Batch #2 Share)


And here’s a fly that had too much Mehoopany, iPA.

Brew Day Playlists:
Batch #1
The Clash – London Calling
Digable Planets – Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Pink Floyd – Is There Anybody Out There?
TOOL – Salival
Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Lice Two: Still Buggin’
Batch #2
Suicide Machine – Battle Hymns
Less Than Jake – Pezcore
The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain
NoFX – I Heard They Suck Live!
Pink Floyd – The Film
The White Stripes – Elephant

Brew Day: Nebula (v.3) and Supernova

After many, many, many years of refusing, I finally gave in and bought a setup to keg my beer.  I gave in for a few reasons… I have WAY too many bottles cluttering up my garage (and found a broken bomber out there just before we started brewing, no bueno), a lot of the more popular competitions here in town require kegged beer and Manny and I want to start competing, and it’s just sweet to be able to go pour yourself a draft at home.  If I want a 1/2 a glass, I can do that and not have to worry about wasting the rest of the bottle.  So I went on Craigslist and found a good double-tap kegerator, and got all the fixings to make it work with some corny kegs.  So now we have this.

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Yes, I made a chalk board tap list. Shut up.

So of course, since there are kegs to be filled, we needed to fill some kegs!  I decided it was time to try our nearly traditional tripel, Nebula, again.  In the past it has been too hop forward, so I dialed down the bitterness and got rid of the dry hopping.  We still use Magnum for the bittering (which is pretty traditional) and Galaxy for the aroma (which is not), but no dry hopping on Nebula this time.  Also, we switched yeasts and are experimenting with Northeast Abbey Yeast from the Yeast Bay (aka the Ommegang house yeast strain, supposedly).

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Mmm hops

However, since Manny and I are both fans of hops, we made 2 batches of Nebula, and are dry hopping one of them.  Dry hopped Nebula has been dubbed Supernova.

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Nebula (L) and Supernova (R)

So we decided we’d make a big double batch of Nebula and have them side by side for the first tapping of the kegerator.  While our mash tun fit the 26.5 pounds of grain, the 8.5 gallons of water to go on top was a bit of a stretch!  We only got about 7 in, so we had to make our first sparge a bit larger than normal.  I was actually surprised, we didn’t lose very much efficiency even with the unintentional changes… the recipe was slated to hit 1.083 SG and we got to 1.080, so if the yeast ferments out as much as it should, we will be sitting at about 8.27%, only about a 1/4 of a percent lower than expected.  C’mon yeasties, do your thing!

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Popped a bottle of the #150.

We had a pretty packed brewday, as there were the most guests we’ve ever had in one day. Which made for some fun rounds of Exploding Kittens (so much better with 5 people instead of 2!) Overall, besides the mash tun issue, everything went pretty darn smooth.  Two brews in a row of smoothness.  I could get used to that.  I PROBABLY JUST JINXED IT.

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Manny stirs as Mike adds some sugar to the brew.

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Exploding…

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Kittens!

So in about 10 days we will keg these, and not long after we will have the reveal party!  Woot!  Until next time, cheers.

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Smellovision needs to be invented. Please scratch your screen… and imagine.

Brew Day Playlist:
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Dawn to Dusk
Mega Gem: Colors of the West
Propellerheads: Decksanddrumsandrockandroll
Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris
Incubus: Fungus Amongus
Prophets of Rage: Zen Gravy
Primus: Suck on This
Beastie Boys: The Mix Up
Pearl Jam: Vs.

Brew Day: Barry Mangilow (formerly “beer.”)

Well, helllllooooooooo there.  It’s been a while.  We took a short hiatus at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, but are now back to brewing, and to start the year off we decided to do something different.  I wanted to do a beer that is very complex, and counterpoint that with a name that is very simple.  What we ended up making is a Mango Triple IPA named “beer.”

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Just a little Repo Man influence on this one.

EDIT! We served this beer to some people and our buddy Augie came up with a MUCH BETTER NAME because this brew is sooooooooooooo mango.  So beer. no more (I’m sure we will re-use that one at some point later for a complex brew), intoducing: Barry Mangilow!

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Barry Mangilow has left the building.

Manny and I got together and first off we had some cleaning to do.  A lot of the equipment had been sitting for a while.  I spent Saturday cleaning out the garage, and then before we got started together Sunday morning we cleaned (and pressure washed) the equipment to get all the dust and whatnot out.

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Got to try out our sweet custom-made brewing paddle FINALLY!

So once we got everything cleaned up and ready to go, time to start the brew.  beer. is a big brew, with 15 pounds of grain for the mash tun and then another 6 pounds of light malt extract in the boil.  We wanted to make something big and complex, so we used lots of tropical hops (Simcoe, Citra, and Hull Melon) and we are going to balance them with mango puree in the secondary.

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Mashing in and it smells so good

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Putting the paddle to good use

Once we get through our primary fermentation (with Conan yeast), we are adding 5.25 pounds of mango puree.  This will add additional sugars and should send the beer in to even bigger territory.  If we hit our expected final gravity, it’s already going to be about 11.5% alcohol BEFORE the mango gets added.  This will be a sipper fo’ sho’.

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1.112!

We played a few games of Yahtzee and drank some beers like we usually do, but we added in The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens (NSFW Edition) to the mix and that was a lot of fun.  Hopefully one of these brew day sessions soon we will get a few guests so we can see how the game plays out with more than 2 players.  Overall, it was an incredibly smooth brew day and we could not ask for much more than that.

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Awaken the Narnope!

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It’s cloudy and cool as we get the transfer to the carboy going

I am really looking forward to sharing this beer with you all.  Hopefully we will have some events getting set up sometime soon that you can come out and get a taste of some BBxB beers, including beer., sometime soon!  Who knows, #150 (our bourbon barrel aged barleywine) might even make an appearance! …no guarantees…

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Such a pretty color

 

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Happy yeasties doing happy yeasty things

Brew Day Playlist:
Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly
Kendra Morris: Mockingbird
Eagles of Death Metal: Peace, Love, Death Metal
Atmosphere: The Lake Nokomis Maxi Single
Puscifer: Money Shot
Incubus: When Incubus Attacks, vol. 1

Brew Day: #150

First off, just in case anyone was wondering, our last beer is #lovewins – as in: hashtag love wins.  This beer is number 150.  Back before the time of Twitter and social media, that symbol used to be a sign signifying number… or time to start playing tic tac toe.  So this beer is #150 because it is going into  Ranger Creek’s .44 Rye Whiskey barrel #150.  When we acquired the barrel, we knew we had to make something worth of going in it, so we decided on a big, badass barleywine.

Look at that color... it's even prettier in person.

Look at that color… it’s even prettier in person.

Vorlauf

Vorlauf

If we hit our numbers as planned, this beer should be 12+% and should be pushing close to 100 IBUs.  Our intention is to let it sit for a few weeks in the barrel (since this is a much smaller barrel, it will take on those flavors much more rapidly that the beer would if it were sitting in a full-size vessel), then bottle condition until at least the new year.  Then we’re going to see how things play out over time.  Who knows; maybe when we open our brewpub publicly there  could be a bottle or two of this popped in celebration!

Manny soaking in the scents of barleywine-to-be

Manny soaking in the scents of barleywine-to-be

Passing the time during the 120 minute boil

Passing the time during the 120 minute boil

The brew day went pretty well overall, except when we ran out of gas while heating the sparge water!  That probably is why we got such good efficiency, as I continued to sparge with wort while Manny went to get more propane.  Other than that one hiccup, everything went exceptionally smooth.  We also decided that since we were brewing a barleywine, we were going to drink some barleywines, including a vertical tasting of Real Ale’s Sisyphus.  It was a good day.

With such a high amount of expected alcohol, aerating the wort was especially important on this one

With such a high amount of expected alcohol, aerating the wort was especially important on this one

It's a big'un!

It’s a big’un!

To try to be sure that we’d not have any troubles getting through the fermentation process with such a high alcohol content, we pitched quite a bit of Safale-05 and then supplemented that with some Super High Gravity yeast.  Between the two we should sail right up to that 12.6% or so that we are expecting #150 to finish out at.  We look forward to sharing a bottle with you, but until then… Cheers!

Brew Day Playlist:
Prophets of Rage: Zen Gravy
Rage Against the Machine: Demo, Rare, and Live
TOOL: Ænima
NoFX: Punk in Drublic

Boardwalk on Bulverde

Hey everyone!  Just a reminder that THIS SATURDAY, 7/18, we will be at Boardwalk on Bulverde (14732 Bulverde Rd) giving out free beer samples!  All we ask in return is that you give us some feedback (on the handy dandy feedback forms that will be provided), and if you really like it, social media love is always nice!

Agrio Inked, looking all Agrio and stuff

Agrio Inked, looking all Agrio and stuff

We will be pouring Nebula (Tripel), Bogues Beauregarde (Saison), Cap’n ‘Murica (Pale Ale), Tetahi e Waru Tekau (Double IPA), Inked (Oatmeal Stout), Something Wild This Way Comes (Sour), and we will be premiering Agrio Inked (Sour Stout) and Monogamous: Citra (Single Hop IPA)!  And it’s all free!!!  We will also have some glasses for sale separately, but there is no obligation to buy anything to get free beer.  The beer is free, the glasses are on their own.

Monogamous: Citra is ready for your tasting enjoyment...

Monogamous: Citra is ready for your tasting enjoyment…

We hope to see you there.  FREE BEER.  FREE.  BEER.  FREE BEER!!!

*Double* Brew Day: Tetahi e Waru Tekau (aka 81) and Cap’n ‘Murica

So in getting prepped for our event later this month, we decided to double up on this brewday and brew 2 different beers that use the same yeast, so we could ferment them at the same time.  First up was version 2 of Tetahi e Waru Tekau aka 81, our Imperial New Zealand IPA.  The last time we brewed 81, it was a combination of American and NZ hops, but in trying to go with a NZ theme (the name is the Māori word for 81) we changed the hop bill to Pacific Gem, Pacific Jade, and NZ Hallertau aka Wakatau.  This time around we also upped the variety of hop additions to make a more interesting beer.

Vorlauf on 81.  All images © 2015 BBxB

Vorlauf on 81. All images © 2015 BBxB

The crazy hopping schedule.

The crazy hopping schedule.

Once we had the boil going, we cleaned out the mash tun (and for about the first time ever, EVER, we didn’t spill a bunch of grain on the ground… or on my feet!) to get prepared for Cap’n ‘Murica.  This is our Pale Ale that is dry hopped with Citra.  It was our first Homebrew Competition entry, and it took 3rd so that’s not too shabby!

Mashing the CM

Mashing the CM

Hops go in... tasty elixir comes out

Hops go in… tasty elixir comes out

Today we used dry yeast that we did not do a starter on, and that was a first-in-a-long-time.  I think next time the starter will most certainly be made, because both beers took quite a bit longer to get going than I’d like (81 more so).  Our original gravities ended up a bit low on both brews, but not too too much, so we’ll see if there’s a significant difference in the end.  This is why we’re brewing so much now: to get our recipes dialed in.

The tastiest of steam...

The tastiest of steam…

...makes the tastiest of steam baths!

…makes the tastiest of steam baths!

And recipes… if you want to come try some… you can.  Soon.  You can even buy a glass if you so desire.  See our Facebook page for more details!!! http://www.facebook.com/BrazenBeXarBrewing

Limited edition (144) first BBxB glass, available for $6

Limited edition (144) first BBxB glass, available for $6

Brew Day Playlist:

Suicide Machines – Destruction by Definition
That Handsome Devil – Jungle Book
Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers
Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels
Clutch – Blast Tyrant
MC Frontalot – Question Bedtime
NOFX – White Trash, Two Heebs, and a Bean
Wu Tang Clan & Jimi Hendrix – Black Gold