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I know, probably the saddest title I’ve ever read too. No tears though, friends, there’s plenty of great content ahead! This past Friday Brian, Seth and I got together to brew our final beer for the Breese Fall Festival. The event is less than a month away so I suggest you put it on your calendars, smartphones, write on your palm, tie a string around your finger, whatever you have to do! Just be there. October 8th everybody. Now, on to the beer!

Beer 4 of 4

If we take a trip down memory lane, you may recall a story about when we first started brewing beer. Our first beer was awful, our next couple were better, but not great. Our first all grain beer was what I imagine drinking gasoline would be like, but we kept at it. We got better. Our fourth beer for the Breese Fall Festival is a beer that is very near and dear to our hearts. It was the first beer that we brewed that was not only drinkable, but also very enjoyable. Beer 4 of 4 is our award winning Hot Blonde Jalapeño Blonde Ale. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. 

The table is set, the guests are here, time to bring out the classic!

Here’s Brian doughing in.

And Brian giving the mash tun a little stir.

Seth calibrating the temperature probes.

Starting to fill the kettle.

First runnings complete.

A full kettle, waiting for the boil to begin.

During the last 10 minutes of the boil we add the jalapeños. I don’t think this picture does any justice for what we experience.

So here’s a video instead!

Hot Blonde filling up the fermentation buckets. Freaking gorgeous.

And of course, aerating before pitching the yeast. Why do I always include a picture of this? I like the way the beer looks.

Oh but that’s not all friends! Today you get a peek at our White IPA as well! On Friday, secondary was complete and it was time to filter and keg a pretty special beer. Like I said before, this was the first time we had brewed this beer, so we didn’t really know how it would fit with the competition. All I can say is, Seth is a recipe building genius! For an uncarbonated, room temperature beer, it was outstanding! We can’t wait to share this with you guys! Here’s the pretty.

10 gallons all snuggled up in the big conical.

The pale beauty being filtered. It was so clear, it was hard to tell if it was moving through the hoses!

And finally into the kegs for carbonation. Don’t let the light color fool you, this one clocks in at 6% ABV!

Well everybody, that’s all I’ve got for today. Hot Blonde hit all the right numbers, efficiency was right where we wanted it, and we were pleased with how the White IPA is coming along.

Until next time…