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

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Brew day: Bogues Beauregarde

Bogues Beauregarde is a beer that may end up in our Brazen series, depending on how it works out.  The recipe its self is a pretty standard saison, dried out with some sugar and some brown sugar.  What makes it “brazen” is the fact that it is brewed using both a standard, Belgian saison yeas in addition to yeast that I cultured from the skins of blueberries.

The Ingredients...

The Ingredients… All pictures ©2015 BBxB

Enjoying a Ranger Creek San Antonio Beer Week 2015 saison whilst brewing this saison!

Enjoying a Ranger Creek San Antonio Beer Week 2015 saison whilst brewing this saison!

Had a few setbacks today… I (Ryan) brewed this one by myself so there were some issues that come with no second person for quality control.  I lost a little of the first runnings to an open valve (“Why is my foot hot… shit!”) and lost a little bit in the transfer to the fermenter just because it’s tough to move a pot that big by yourself, even if you are only brewing 3 gallons.

A beautiful day to brew.

A beautiful day to brew.

This little guy showed up to help, but he wasn't able to really lift much.  Mostly he just hung out and didn't really do much.  Slacker.

This little guy showed up to help, but he wasn’t able to really lift much. Mostly he just hung out and didn’t really do much. Slacker.

I was happy to get it done, and I was really happy to see some vigorous fermentation in less than 2 hours from the finish!  The fermenter is bubbling away right now, and I can’t wait to find out how Bogues Beauregarde ends up.

Hops go in...

Hops go in…

Enjoying a None More Black. while finishing the brew.  Damn, that's a tasty brew.

Enjoying a None More Black. while finishing the brew. Damn, that’s a tasty brew.

Hopefully this weekend, BBxB will be brewing Monogamy, our single hop IPA for our standard series.  Until then, here’s a video of the yeast burping.  Cheers!

Brew Day Playlist:
Puscifer – Conditions of my Parole
The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium
Deltron – Deltron 3030