In case you are wondering, I.M. Hammered Brewing is:
Mark -- Head brewer and drinker (brewer of over 65 batches of extract and all grain brews, drinker of many thousands of bottles and pints of beer), CEO and President of the finest Nano-brewery I know of, head bottle washer, and sanitation engineer
Liz -- Vice President in charge of bar decorating, keeping me from becoming too fanatical in my brewing habits, and is also known as "she who must be obeyed"
Michael -- Brewhouse assistant, equipment consultant, Chief IT Geek and self-appointed Official Beer Taster (great work if you can get it)
Schpankie -- Newest convert from fizzy yellow water to finely crafted beers and ales, adds little value to the brewhouse, but we like him anyway
Scooter -- The gas man (and I mean that in the kindest of ways) bringing propane and co2 when needed, also has keen interest in the brewing process
Knuckle Jefe -- Newest convert to brewing (has four batches under his belt), has began a start up nano-brewery in Kentucky known as "Double-Wide Brewing" with the catchy slogan of "double wide beers at single wide prices". Boy has a brilliant future in marketing. IMH is helping with equipment in the start up. We all work for beer, then again, why wouldn't we.
Parrot Pete, aka, Pappa Draft -- Bar designer, humidor raider, label celebrity, and Just because he should have been on the list the whole time.
We hope to make this site fun and informative and look for outside input, or inside output, whatever works.
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
 
Crazy Weekend:
It was a crazy weekend. Liz worked the Steelers vs Titans game, I worked like a rented mule around the house, my little guy had a fever of 103 and a doctor visit, watched the Steelers stink up the joint, brewed a Bavarian HefeWeizen (see recipe page), then I got my little guy's fever early Monday morning (2:30 am) and it went to 102. Now I know why he was so miserable for about 48 hours. I feel like someone beat me with a tire tool.

Grandpa Dan brought the custom stand for the hot liquor tank on the new brew system. That cost me some beer and cigars, but they were well earned. The other hardware should be here today and it will be assembly and testing, then brewing. Could be a first run as early as next weekend. Stay tuned for that. Looks like a stout will be the first go.

The Pale Ale is still going and I'm amazed at that keg's longevity. Gotta be only a couple of pints left at most (though I've been saying that now for over a week). It just keeps pouring. Angry Dog Amber is chilled and ready to tap at a moments notice so there won't be any tap down time.

Kegged the DunkleWeiss on Sunday morning. It weighed in at opening gravity of 1.045 and finished at 1.011 for a 4.33% ABV. I tasted the gravity sample and it was excellent. There is a bananna aroma with hints of chocolate and spice, the flavor started with a grainy wheat character followed by a little alcohol warming (due to no gas on it yet) and then a chocolate hint followed by a nice long dry finish with a hint of raison. I can't wait to get gas on it and get it on line. Other beer to drink first.

The Bavarian Hefe is the recipe from the recipe page, well, so far it's the only recipe on the recipe page (guess I got some work to do). The brew went without a hitch and was chilled and in the fermenter in less than 20 minutes after knockout. My new superchiller works great. I had visible fermentation in the fermenter around 10 hours in (when your up in the middle of the night sick as a dog, you gotta have something to do) so I know I had great yeast and good wort. The OG came in at 1.052 so this brew will have some kick as well. I'll update you on this brew upon kegging when we get there from here.

That's all for now. I hope anyone reading this has a great week, and thanks to those who sent recent e-mails to the brewer. I enjoyed those as well.

As always, bottoms up, refill, repeat!!!!!

Mark, the Brewer..........
Friday, September 26, 2003
 
New Guest Tap:
Got the new barrel last night to replenish the guest tap. Yea, Yuengling Traditional. They have the new barrels with Sankey tap heads available and the one I got looks like its the first time out of the brewery. Yea, beer is excellent.
IMH Taps Update:
Pale ale is still pouring, much to my delight. It doubt it will make the weekend so for those frequenters of the Secret Spot who wish to taste who haven't yet, you better hurry up. The Yinz'er Wheat is still strong and tasting good. On deck is one of my favorite brews, The Angry Dog Amber. For those uninitiated, this is a great ESB with an almost ruby amber color, great malt base and hopped to perfection with tettnang and willamette hops. If your familiar with RedHook Amber Ale, than you will love this beer as it is a clone brew of that wonderful commercial beer. That should be flowing by the middle of next week. The un-named dunkleweizen is going into a keg tonight (should be ready to serve by next weekend) and another brew session is quickly upon us. Stay tuned for that!!
Gotta run for now, that little thing known as work keeps getting in the way.
Bottoms UP, Refill, Repeat......

Mark, The Brewmaster......
Thursday, September 25, 2003
 
Too Funny: Mr. Keg Kicker below did his dirty work, so today I have to do mine which is buy another keg. This is too funny not to tell. I'm driving my Saturn to work today and in the back seat I have the empty half barrel. For anyone familiar with a Saturn, that means the entire back seat is being taken up by a beer keg laying on it's side. When I pull into my parking lot, the guy who takes the money, who by the way is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met, says his usual good morning and so on. I pay him and tell him to have a great day, and he says, "well, if you're takin' that ta work you'll have an even better day than me, but I don' think it'll fit in yer brief case (hard to write in yinz'er)". I had a real puzzled look on my face, then I realized what he was talking about and just had to laugh. Who says nobody pays attention to anything anymore!!!

Mark, The Brewmaster and Beer Store Runner
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
 
Guest Tap Update: Well, After 14 days the Guest Tap aka Moslon Golden has been officially kicked. What a sad day at IMHammeredBrewing. Luckily we have both Nano taps and a few choice bottles to keep up with the the locals. Stay tuned to see what is the next Guest Tap.....
-Michael, Self Appointed Keg Kicker
 
This Just In......

Brewmaster Jeff of Double Wide Brewing Announces the bottling of his city block renouned Bavarian HefeWeizen. This stong up and coming nano-brewery will release this fine hand crafted beer to a very small but discerning public very soon (only because its good and we don't want to share) and this writer is betting it will be a great brew. Congratulations Jeff on another batch well done........Double Wide Beers at Single Wide Prices......

--Mark, the Brewmaster
 
Some Special Thanks.....

Before this site gets much bigger and better, I want to thank several people who have made a lot of this fun and frivolity possibe:

My Dad -- Ole' Parrot Pete himself (you will see the recipe soon that commemorates him on the recipe page) was instrumental in the construction and much of the design of the bar room. We should have some photo's of that up on the photo page soon. He also was somewhat of a financial angel in the overall construction of the bar. Thanks dad, you may have all of the cigars and beer you care to want anytime you come over!!!!

My Lovely Wife Liz (aka, she who must be obeyed) -- For giving the go ahead on most of my hair brained schemes and being there to help with design and decoration. She has the talent and when you see the pic's of the bar, you'll know it's true. Without her, none of this is possible because she has the vision, I have the brewing talent, but she has the vision. Love Ya Babe!!!!

Michael -- He's not only the IT geek, but also helped with much of the construction of the bar area. Oh, and tell your wife Nina that she can stay past 8:30pm anytime she wants!!! For that, beers are on the house.

Mike and Amy -- For the gas and some of the web design. Thanks.

Jeff -- Ole' Knuckle Hefe, though in Kentucky, is often at the bar in spirit and plans his inagural visit to our new mecca sometime in October. I better get some back up kegs filled real quick as it will be a new low, and I'll be so ashamed. Jeff keeps me up to date on College football most Saturday's and I can't wait to get a bunch of strokes from him on the golf course. Should we play for..........beer????

John "the wood man" Donaldson -- My main man in New York fashioned and provided the bar top. It is a custom made top fashioned out of red oak. It has superior craftsmanship and looks great. What did you think the "Wood Man" reference meant? Beers all around.

To my clothes designer -- How do you like those holy shorts I got on in the brewing pic's. Hey, its a messy business you know. Yea, you're right, my wife hates those shorts.

Capt. Ron Park -- He provided the tunes in the bar with a fully functional stereo and CD player that he so graciously donated. The Capt along with his lovely wife Bev are welcome for brews anytime.

Grandpa Dan -- We need the platform and it will make the entire system design perfect. The humidor's are full, and the third stool from the right is reserved for ya!

Save On Beer -- My favorite beer distributor. Not only will they special order anything my little heart (or taste buds) desires, but they even stayed open late for me when we had a severe "beer emergency" recently. A great bunch of guys!!

Schpankie -- Hey, he donated a couple of the cooler signs in the bar, aka, Labatt and Sam Adams. Cool.

Any and Everyone I have forgotten -- So many either helped or donated time and equipment to the project in the last year, I'm sure I have forgotten someone. If I did, come over and have a beer and kick my butt.

I will attempt to get some recipes on line in the next couple of days. Look for two staples of the bar that I have duplicated on several occasions, "Parrot Pete's One Particular Porter" (my apologies to Jimmy Buffett), and "The Angry Dog Amber".

Until next time, bottoms up, refill, repeat!!

--Mark, the Brewmaster


 
ALL GRAIN NEWS: After carefull planning and a long design process, The Master Brewer and Myself came to the realization that we need to raise the mash tun inorder to take full advantage of gravity. (would you want to lift that barrel?) Suddenly we had a dilemma, How are we going to raise the burner and mash tun? After a long discussion and a few beers we decided we needed a stainless steel platform. The search was on.... Thanks to Grampa Dan, We have our platform being manufactured and it is on its way. WOOHOO! Thanks Grampa Dan!!!!
-Michael, Chief Taster
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
 
MORE SITE NEWS: Whoa! have I been geeking out tonight. Of course not only have I been adding to this great site but all along I have been enjoying one of the best Stouts available. Yards Brewing's Love Stout is without a doubt a great beer. Bottle conditioned to perfection, the roast creates a wonderful circus of flavors in your mouth. WOW! this beer is great. But back to the Site News..... Check out the New Recipe page that was just added... Soon our Master Brewer, Mark, will be adding his finest recipes to this site for you to try. The best part is not only will you get a recipe but also a description of how the beer turned out and of course tasted..
-Michael, Geek premier
 
SITE NEWS: I have news of an addition to this great site. As IMHammeredBrewing.com continues to grow expect to see things added to this site on a regular basis. The newest addition is a Photo Page. Check out the side bar for the link. Photos will be added regularly so check back often. CHECK OUT the PHOTOS HERE!
-Michael, Chief Taster and #1 GEEK!
 
Well, another day another dollar. I checked on my grain shipment and it is scheduled for delivery on Friday. Cool.

Still have two kettles to finish assembly on and one burner to test. Should have that done by Thursday night. Might have to find time to brew this weekend. Extra Cool.

DunkleWeiss looks great. Primary is starting to subside and I should be able to keg Thursday or Friday. I am looking forward to tasting this one.

Pale ale is hanging in there though I doubt there are more than a couple pints left. American Wheat still great.

Great football game last night. Made my wallet a little fatter.

Last night I enjoyed an El Credito cigar. Also excellent. Life is good. Double extra cool.

Can't wait to all grain in the new kettles. Stay tuned as I am sure it will be eventful as it is for any and all first brews on new systems. It will be a stout, that way if it isn't perfect, it will still be drinkable.

Later.

--Mark the brewmaster
Monday, September 22, 2003
 
Wow, what a weekend!!!!! Friday night activity at the bar was brisk with several folks stopping by. The Yinz'er Wheat was a big hit with everyone. There was also a lot of Molson Golden consumed. A good time was had by all, and after all, isn't that the most important thing.
Saturday night, believe it or not, the bar was basically closed. I was out of town and "she who must be obeyed" didn't feel very good. It was quiet, sleep was good.
Sunday, however was a different story. We opened at about 10:30 (at least that was when I had my first Fill My Grail Pale Ale) and it went down hill from there. Lots-O-food, drink, and football happened all afternoon till about 7:30 pm. A couple of great recipe's for Mexican type food were tried including a great dip and a great salad. Molson was Oh So Golden all day long and the Steelers won and covered, a very important item to my wallet.
This week will be eventful as I finish up assembly of the rest of the new system. My grain should arrive later in the week and I already have a load of yeast. The DunkleWeiss is progressing nicely with a fermentation that is so strong, I had to replace the airlock as Kreusen worked it's way up into it. One of the keys to a good strong fermentation is the aeration of the cooled wort prior to pitching the yeast. I can't tell you how important it is to provide the yeast with the best possible environment of nutrition, temperature, and oxygen to get this type of strong fermentation. This will fend off all bad bacteria that wants to grow in your wort and will make the best beer. I hope to keg this beer immediately, maybe Friday or Saturday so it will be ready to drink very quickly. The ESB should also be ready to drink by early next week. This is good as the Fill My Grail pale ale is nearly spent.
Jeff, the head brewer for Double-Wide Brewing Co, also known specifically by my 3 year old as Knuckle Jefe as the word uncle is a little difficult for him, has what sounds like a excellent Bavarian Style HefeWeizen about ready to bottle. Stay tuned for the results of this fermentable situation as Jefe's Hefe's usually turn out pretty darn good!!!!
Well, so much for the weekend. We'll see what the week will bring us and stay tuned for the first 10 gallon all grain brew on the new system. I'm sure it will be a new low and I'll be so ashamed.
--Mark, the Head Brewer, Janitor, and Chief Bottle Washer

Thursday, September 18, 2003
 
A Brewing we will go!
Excitment is in the air.... Tonight we brew... As we work hard to put together the new hardware....W e prepare to create a truely supreme Beer. Of course the best part of this evenings events is enjoying the fruits of our Labors... more to follow.....
-Michael, Official Beer Taster.
 
The brew room has been completely redone and all of the new equipment has been stowed away. The new all grain system is being assembled and will be ready to go very soon.
Last night was mellow with a couple of brews and a ball game, well a fine cigar as well. I tapped the American Wheat and it is a nice smooth soft wheat beer in the American Wheat style. The beer has a smooth malt start with a hint of tartness in the middle. It then goes to a soft honeylike maltiness and finishes quickly with a dry hop kiss at the end. It makes you want another sip.
Tonight we will be making a dunkleweiss with the new boil kettle. This will be a simple extract and grains recipe coupled with Weinhenstephan Bavarian Wheat yeast. It is a group brew so I am expecting to have some level of fun. Yes, we'll be drinking to Isabelle as she roars through our neighborhood.
Liz made some changes in the bar last night by decorating the center beam of the house with all of our beer carriers saved from fine craft brews. It looks amazing.
In case you are wondering, I.M. Hammered Brewing is:
Mark -- Head brewer and drinker (brewer of over 50 batches of extract and all grain brews, drinker of many thousands of bottles and pints of beer), CEO and President of the finest Nano-brewery I know of, head bottle washer, and sanitation engineer
Liz -- Vice President in charge of bar decorating, keeping me from becoming too fanatical in my brewing habits, and is also known as "she who must be obeyed"
Michael -- Brewhouse assistant, equipment consultant, and self-appointed Official Beer Taster (great work if you can get it)
Schpankie -- Newest convert from fizzy yellow water to finely crafted beers and ales, adds little value to the brewhouse, but we like him anyway
Scooter -- The gas man (and I mean that in the kindest of ways) bringing propane and co2 when needed, also has keen interest in the brewing process
Knuckle Jefe -- Newest convert to brewing (has four batches under his belt), has began a start up nano-brewery in Kentucky known as "Double-Wide Brewing" with the catchy slogan of "double wide beers at single wide prices". Boy has a brilliant future in marketing. IMH is helping with equipment in the start up.

We all work for beer, then again, why wouldn't we.
We hope to make this site fun and informative and look for outside input, or inside output, whatever works.
Until tomorrow, bottoms up and refill.
-Mark, IMH Headbrewer
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
 
NEWS:New Equipment Arrives.
Great news the Full Grain Mashing equipment has Arrived. WOOHOO!!! Let the mashing Begin!!!!!
-Michael, Official Beer Taster
Friday, September 05, 2003
 
News: Another eventfull night.
Well once again last night was one to remember. Not only was the secret knock for the secret spot eliminated but a secret sign took it's place. Despite all this excitement there was once again great beer to drink. the birth of "Fill my Grail Pail Ale" was complete and I only have one thing to say... OH MY GOD!
Official Beer taster, Michael

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