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: Monogamous – Citra (and FREE BEER events!!!)

I (Ryan) have a week off from work, and since I didn’t really get a chance to go anywhere, I’m dubbing it my Beercation.  Let me be clear, that is a vacation WITH beer, not a vacation FROM beer!  A good friend from high school (in Germany!), Chris, came to town as well.  Chris has recently started brewing himself, so we decided that one of the activities while he was here is that we would do his first all-grain brew day, and I decided that I’d try my updated malt bill for Monogamous.  This time it’s Monogamous: Citra.

Our nice digital thermometer broke, so we had to use the manual one (which means sitting over a hot pot in a hot garage...)

Our nice digital thermometer broke, so we had to use the manual one (which means sitting over a hot pot in a hot garage…)

Chris stirring the mash

Chris stirring the mash

I built a yeast starter a few days earlier of Conan aka Vermont Ale yeast (aka the yeast that is in Heady Topper), and on Wednesday we got to it.  This was a pretty uneventful brew day… no major spillage, no major accidents, and the drinking was a bit more reserved on this one.  That is partially because of past experience, and partially because it was hot as hell in the garage.

Mmmmmmmm... Citra!

Mmmmmmmm… Citra!

...and Turbinado!

…and Turbinado!

We ended up getting a little lower volume than expected from the mash/sparge, and it ended up boiling a bit longer than expected, so the overall volume of beer was a bit diminished.  The OG ended up a tiny bit lower than was anticipated as well, but not significantly so.  I have high hopes that M:C is going to be a much better IPA than Monogamous: Simcoe was.  Once I get the malt bill dialed in to exactly what I want, I will eventually re-visit Simcoe hops and see the difference.

In goes Conan, the beer barbarian!

In goes Conan, the beer barbarian!

Fermenting away!

Fermenting away!

And you can come out and try our beers… SOON!  Really!  It’s official!!!  Wednesday, July 1st, BBxB will be pouring FREE BEER and selling glasses at Home Brew Party Bandera (8407 Bandera Rd, Ste 103) from 5-8 https://www.facebook.com/events/411086812419558/ and on Saturday, July 18th, at Boardwalk on Bulverde food truck park (14732 Bulverde Rd) from 3 – ??? https://www.facebook.com/events/1622071531394881/ Hope to see you there!

Brew Day Playlist:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom
Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off
Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust