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Thunderchief Double IPA

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Between the requests for more Hop Project Protector IPA and a strong hop bomb Double IPA, we finally decided to brew a recipe we’ve been thinking about since we’ve opened – Thunderchief Double IPA

Available starting Friday August 31st, we have 60 gallons of this hop bomb available for sale at the brewery.

Thunderchief Double IPA is a straightforward hop bomb – medium body, 9.5% ABV and a ton of hops. For this particular beer, we chose to highlight some traditional West Coast hops – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus. These hops impart a strong citrus and grapefruit flavor with hints of pine, floral and spice.

The name, Thunderchief Double IPA, has an interesting history. Back in our homebrew days, one of our neighbors brought over one of her friends while we were brewing to check out the brewery (and have some homebrew). As normal, we were listening to classic/hard rock while we brewed and AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” came on. Despite common knowledge that this is the name and lyric of the song – our neighbor’s friend kept insisting that the lyrics were “Dirty Deeds and the Thunder Chief.” Which is apparently a common misconception.

dirty deeds and the thunder chief

Common Misconception

But the kicker is she went as far as arguing with us for almost half an hour and even pulled the “My dad knows AC/DC so I know what I’m talking about” card.

Despite being incredibly confused as to why this girl was arguing a clearly incorrect lyric, we quickly realized that this would be a great name for an IPA.

So to all of you, and especially to this confused and argumentative girl, we bring you Thunderchief IPA.

We Need Pretzels, Repeat Pretzels

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

If you happened to be at the brewery the night of August 26th around 7pm, you might have seen something like this:

Afraid that our beer might be ruined, we have kept this story under wraps for the past few weeks. But as of Sunday 9/18 we declassified it. The story is as follows:

As stated above, it all started on the night of August 26th. Commander Matthew was working his side job as an accountant so Captain Chris and Chief Joe were left alone to tend the brewery by themselves. Our third batch of Protector Imperial IPA was at the end of primary fermentation and we started to cold crash it.

Our normal procedure for fermentation is: Primary fermentation, cold crash, pull off yeast, add dry hops, condition and keg.

For some reason, Chris and Joe thought “why not add the dryhops while it’s starting to cold crash?” It wasn’t our normal procedure, but we began adding the hops regardless. To this date we are not sure why.

We moved our ladder to the fermentor and climbed up top to add the hops. As the first pound was added, Commander Matt arrived, eager to help the brewery.

Matt joined Chris climbing half up on the ladder while Joe stood guard on ground in case beer stealing zombies attacked.

Second pound of hops added – no issues.

Chris, on the ladder, began to add the third pound of hops.

Chris: “Whoa! What the?”
Joe and Matt: “What?”
Chris: “Whoa Crap!”
Joe and Matt: “…..”
Chris: “Crap crap crap crap!”

The brewery crew quickly realized that beer began foaming out the top of the fermentor where we added the hops. Chris quickly covered the hole.

Beer instantly started shooting out of the vent tube near Joe’s feet while Chris clamped down the hole up top.

Now normally when something bad happens in the brewery (valve accidentally left open, hose breaks and shoots 180 degree water into the air, etc.) we quickly diagnose the problem and solve it. In this instance, we all stood there for what seemed like 30 seconds watching beer shoot out the vent tube not understanding what was going on. Then,

Chris: “JOE! DO SOMETHING”
Joe: “WHAT?!”
Chris: “COVER THE HOLE!”

Joe quickly covered the hole and the beer stopped foaming out the vent tube. Seconds later,

Chris: “Gah! Don’t cover the hole. Don’t cover the hole!!”

When Joe covered the hole, pressure in the fermentor built up and started spraying beer out the top hole all over Chris’ face and the brewery.

Joe let go.

The three brewers stood there for what seemed like nearly a minute, watching the beer shoot across the brewery not knowing what to do.

Eventually Matt had the good sense to grab one of our grain buckets and put it underneath the vent tube to catch all the beer.

We stood there, beer/foam flowing freely into the bucket until the foaming subsided. Not fully understanding what just happened, covered in yeast and beer, worried that we had just ruined our batch of Protector, we began to clean up the mess.

Luckily the beer turned out fine – though a bit hoppier than batches past. We learned valuable lessons… like never add dryhops to a fermentor without cold crashing the fermentation unless you want a mess of beer over the brewery.

And if you are lucky enough to try this batch of Protector over the next couple weeks, you can really taste the explosion in it.

First Brew

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Last weekend we brewed our first batch of beer – Protector, our Imperial IPA. Wouldn’t say that it went smoothly, but it did create a batch of beer that after week 1 tastes pretty good. We started on Saturday at 7:30am and finished up around 11am Sunday. It was a long brew.

Things went slowly because we were getting used to our new system and some things did not go according to plan. But we learned a few lessons and can’t wait to do it again. Here’s what we learned:

  1. When pumping the mash from the mash-kettle to the lauter tun, a lot of the wort pulls out first and leaves a very thick mash solution – it doesn’t move through pipes too well. Taking the hose and, using filtered water, spraying the mash into the drain to the pump speeds up the process and prevents clogging.
  2. Adding a small mesh filter on our lauter grant (aka Ulysses S Lautering Grant) would greatly improve vorlauf time.
  3. Unless you want hot wort shooting several feet up into the air, always close the sight-tube valve before initiating the whirlpool.
  4. One gets a lot dirtier when brewing in a 3 bbl system than a homebrew system.
  5. Shortage of buckets on brew day is not fun.
  6. When vorlaufing, start pulling directly from the base of the mash tun before going through Ulysses S Lautering Grant. This gets a lot of the small particles out quicker.
  7. Our kettle evaporation rate is half as much as we estimated (aka, we brewed more beer than we wanted to)
  8. If one plans on a long brew, be sure to put insoles in your rubber brewboots unless you want numb toes for a few days.
  9. Pump #1 sounds exactly like a goat when you turn it off. It is now lovingly called Goat Pump. Coincidentally, goats also eat our spent grain.

Pics from the brew day: