Posts Tagged ‘san pedro brewing co.’

experimental black lager

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

a couple weeks ago, JW of san pedro brew co. fame and his dad swung by, along with ML, to conduct an experiment.

  • inspired by full sail’s session black lager, JW was looking to try out a new recipe, but wanted a brew a small batch to minimize risk.  it was a perfect scenario for the new brew setup, which was designed specifically for one-off, experimental batches!
  • the following 10 gal. recipe for the black lager was based on JW’s award winning standard lager, with a dark element:
    • 19.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 93.98 %
      1.25 lb Carafa I (337.0 SRM) Grain 6.02 %
      1.00 oz Tradition [6.00 %] (90 min) Hops 11.4 IBU
      0.50 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [4.00 %] (30 min) Hops 2.7 IBU
      1.00 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops 3.5 IBU
  • while we were brewing, a magnum of JW’s barleywine was cracked.  it had a great backing bitterness and was dry without getting boozy.  it was a great example of the style and I am looking forward to seeing it on draft in the next month or so.
  • the brew day went well, and at the end we had 10 gallons of 1.049 wort, ready to hit the fermenters.  I split the batch – half with a saflager starter @50F, and half with a white labs english ale yeast starter at ~72F.
  • the ale finished at 1.01 (4.91% abv), while the lager finished at 1.014 (4.5% abv).  based on the small sample I took while kegging these, I think they will be worth the risk…

completing the keezer and going pro for a day: WIR 06/04-06/07

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

last weekend was full of brew related accomplishments and surprises.

  • on thursday night I finished up the keezer collar, and AP and I lugged the thing down to the basement, where I fitted the taps and ran the beer lines.
  • after wiring up the ranco temperature controller with some help online, I ran the temp probe and the gas lines and fired everything up.
  • the thing works like a charm, and it’s great to have so much fridge space for storing kegs and other bulky items.  I can even lager in my brew bucket if I want to, but I will probably lager in kegs the old kegerator.
  • on friday DH drove down and we skipped over to naja’s for an afternoon brew.  I got to try a taster of ‘dark side imperial stout’ or something like that from sierra nevada, but ended up with an ’08 alaskan barleywine, which was nice and malty but still relatively drinkable.  we finished up in style with a bottle of fantome saison, which had a great fruity aroma and finish.
  • I am always amazed at the number of homebrewers that roll by naja’s for a pour – they are always friendly and can talk beer all night long.  friday was no exception – we ran into bob, a member of pacific gravity with a sick all-grain gravity system and a vast brew knowledge.  hopefully we’ll meet up again bob, maybe at a pacific gravity meeting!
  • friday night the smoker was fired up, and by saturday afternoon 20 lbs of pulled pork was ready to rock, in addition to 3 beer can chickens and a couple dozen smoked brats.  that along with a the kegs of alt and kolsch kept friends and family busy for hours.
  • both kegs were a hit and got kicked before the sun went down.  they were very drinkable and great session beers, but my only complaint was the clarity (both had a little haze from only being lagered for a week or so).  unfortunately, no pictures were taken (again) due to entertaining duties.  next time, I swear…
  • just when I thought my beer weekend was coming to a close, I got a call sunday from james of san pedro brew co. he had tried my brews on saturday and wanted to know if I was interested in swinging by the brewery this week to check out a brew session.  I jumped at the chance and told him I would be by monday.
  • monday morning I met up with jason, the award-winning brewer at san pedro brew co.  he had already started mashing an experimental amber ale and patiently explained the entire process on their 5 bbl. system.  he let me help out with the mash, explained their lauter and sparge process, and let me participate with some hop additions.  I was flipping switches, pulling levers, and loving every minute of it.
  • when it came time to empty the mash tun, he must have though I was an idiot since I practically begged him to do it.  he let me stick around for the entirety of the boil all the way to racking the wort into their conical and let me help out with the crush and line sanitation for the next day’s brew.  it was an awesome experience, and I was like a kid in a candy store, ogling all the equipment and trying out jason’s killer brews.  thanks again jason, and good luck with your latest comp results!

san pedro brewing co.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

san pedro brew co sign

last week, while AP and I were down south for thanksgiving, we stopped by san pedro brewing co. in our home town for a couple pints.

  • san pedro brew co. is on 6th street, a stone’s throw from some greek restaurant I’ve heard good things about.
  • the place is cozy and relaxing, with plenty of tables and a great bar.
  • they brew on-site and have a consistent lineup.  there were six house beers on draft when we rolled in – AP grabbed a shanghai red and I picked up a point fermin pale ale.
  • the pale was sessionable and well-balanced.  however, AP’s red turned out to be a seasonal pumpkin ale we were told was out – I think the lines got crossed or something.
  • the best part about this place? the hospitality, which I have to say is the best I have ever experienced.  while we were sipping our pints, louie, one of the brew co. employees, came up and asked if I wanted a tour.  he proceeded to show me the entire underground brew premises, including the lagering cooler, and was proud to show off the many awards pulled in by the brew co. over the years.  thanks again man!
  • after getting stoked checking out all the pro gear downstairs, I came back up and finished up the night with a longshoreman lager, which was smooth and clean, with a little hop aroma.
  • overall, I’m proud that such a friendly local bar with good house brews exists where I grew up, and I am looking forward to hitting up san pedro brew co. for many years to come.

bar at san pedro brew co.

some hardware at san pedro brew co.

the "red" at san pedro brew co.

conicals at san pedro brew co.

pale at san pedro brew co.

lagering conicals and serving kegs

lager at san pedro brew co.

kegs at san pedro brew co.