Updates on the journey
The saying goes that brewers only make the wort, it's the yeast that makes beer. Brewers have been making wort for millennia and the practice has literally become a science in the modern era of brewing. Fermentation, on the other hand, is a lot more guess work especially for the simple homebrewer. You have an idea of how much yeast to pitch, what temperature to keep during fermentation, and what you want your final gravity to be but other than that there's no more information to know or gain during fermentation. Even most of that information can be quite inaccurate as most homebrewers are using stick on thermometers that don't give a true reading of wort temperature and in order to check the gravity throughout fermentation you will either lose some volume of beer and/or expose the wort to the air which can be a source of infection.
Then the PLAATO Airlock was invented.
Back in July, I was continuously seeing Facebook ads for a new Kickstarter campaign for PLAATO "The Digital Airlock" and after a few ads I finally clicked on the link to see what was so special. I was immediately intrigued when I started reading up about this airlock!
Here's the run down from the PLAATO website:
Few people are aware but at the end of this month I will be relocating to St. Petersburg, FL for a new full-time job opportunity. Currently, I teach middle school math and science as my full-time gig and tend bar at Momentum Brewhouse a couple days a week on the side. Though I will not be teaching full-time after this school year or tending bar anymore, I will be continuing building The Craft Beer Social! I am moving to the Tampa Bay Area with my girlfriend who has accepted a full-time accounting job that will start in September and so I began my job search soon after. It didn't take long to get a couple of job offers. After about three months of searching I landed a job that I am more than excited to start as I will be transitioning into the engineering field. My new job will begin on May 31st so I will lose my teacher's summer vacation but will be gaining not only a great new career but also direct access to a new craft beer community.
In April of last year I decided I wanted to start a blog that revolved around craft beer. I had all of these ideas of what I would write about but one big feature would be creating "episodes" that would feature the local breweries. I figured everything would happen so smoothly and naturally but boy was I wrong! I underestimated the time and patience needed to create such work but I haven't let it discourage me.
The first week of 2017 is in the books and it's been a time to reflect on all of the beers from last year! Here is a list of my top beers of 2016 according to Untappd! I've compiled two lists..
1) Top Beers I've tried in 2016 that I gave a 5.00 out of 5.00 Untappd Rating
2) Top 10 Beers I've tried in 2016 in order of their Global Untappd Rating
Comment below to let me know which are your favorite beers or ones I should try in 2017!
Last night my girlfriend, her brother, and I started a road trip north to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul) in Minnesota from SWFL. After 12 straight hours in a car we arrived at our halfway point in Nashville, TN! We grabbed some z's for a few hours and are now about to start our brewery tour to MN!
BIG NEWS! The Craft Beer Social now has an Etsy shop! The shop came about when I was looking for a way to label my home brewed beers so I knew what was in each bottle. I looked for reusable labels but most were expensive and I wasn't sure how they would hold up over time. So, I got the bright idea to coat my bottles with a couple layers of chalkboard paint! Not only is the paint reusable but it's also durable. I figured if it worked so well for me that there would be other people interested in these as well so I began setting up this Etsy shop. As I built the shop I decided to add a few more offerings to the store front.
Are you a craft beer geek? Do you like to try new, rare, and/or hard-to-get beer?? Then you need to get on The Beer Exchange! BEX is an online community for trading and buying beer from around the world.
"We believe trading beer adds value to the craft beer community because it enables people to experience beer either too limited or not distributed where they live." -BEX
It's been a little over three months since my last post but it's been for good reasons! I've spent the last few months reworking the design and flow of the website and even got an awesome logo designed! I've got to give a huge thanks to a couple people that have helped me with this process.
This amazing logo was designed by Sarah Hand of SARA[HAND]ESIGN. She is based in Greendale, Wisconsin but her parents are frequent patrons of Momentum Brewhouse, where I work in Florida. Sarah is also a home brewer and self-proclaimed beer snob so when she got wind of my venture she offered to help me with designing my logo! She did a wonderful job and I cannot thank her enough! If you ever need any design work done please go check out SARA[HAND]ESIGN!
I'm entering my first homebrew competition! The Battle of the Brews IPA competition is sponsored by Hurricane Grill & Wings, Brew Story, Momentum Brewhouse, and the Southwest Florida Brew Crafters homebrew club. It will be held on June 11th from 6-9pm at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Coconut Point Mall in Estero, FL. You can click the flyer to the left to get to the official rules, recipe sheet, and entry form!
Oh, and did I mention... the winner gets to brew their beer with the Momentum brewers and then have it on tap there!
It's time to see how my homebrew stands up against other local brewers. Yeah it's nice to hear friends tell you how good they think your beer is but are they being brutally honest? Perhaps. This is my opportunity to get some genuine feedback.