Going Dark: Snofari

Today begins the most awesome winter offroad event of the year!

With that being said I’ll be out of touch for a couple days.

But don’t worry,  I shall return with good stories of Jeeps, craft beers, and other shenanigans.

Have a great weekend all.

Cleaning The Conical

Recently I posted up about my 7 Gallon Chronical Stainless Steel Conical  from SS Brewing Technologies. One of the best things about having a stainless steel conical is how easy they are to clean. Since it’s always more fun to watch someone else do the cleaning lets get to it.

Here we are in the kitchen, unfortunately. Eventually I’ll have my cleaning station set up down in the brewery so that I don’t have to work in a small sink.


This is what the inside of the conical looks like after fermentation and emptying out the beer. It looks like it might be a tough road ahead…


One of the things that makes this process so easy is how compact the conical is. It fits well in the sink allowing me to use the sprayer from the faucet to hose it down.


This is how it looks after just a little hot water. Isn’t it amazing how little effort it takes to get it clean? Gunk really doesn’t seem to stick to the stainless.


It’s not completely without effort, but my little friend Scrub Daddy
makes quick work of any bits of stuck on gunk.


All of the fittings get disassembled and a good, hot soak in my favorite brewery cleaner, PBW. PBW, or Powdered Brewery Wash, is an alkali cleaner that is great for soaking and cleaning all the parts and pieces of your brewery.  Soak for as long as you need and rinse off this safe, environmentally friendly cleaner.

PBW can be bought in a couple sizes, but I like to get the 4lb containers. I still have a bunch left from the container I bought from Adventures In Homebrewing months ago and I use it for all sorts of stuff around the brewery and the house.

PBW 4lb Tub – Adventures In Homebrewing


It only took about 10 minutes to get to this point.


All clean and drying. Now the conical is ready to make yet another batch of beer.



February Dogfish Head Tap Nights

It looks like Dogfish Head is having a couple tap nights next month in Michigan.

First up is the Dogfish Head IPA Night February 4th at Crunchy’s of East Lansing. The highlight of the night will be two years of their 120 Minute IPA.

The following night is An Evening w/ DFH Randall’s & Rare Bottles on February 5th at Fuel Woodfire Grill in Port Huron. That night they will be pouring 4 beers through the Randall and even serving some bottles of the 120 Minute IPA.

After all of that craziness they must need to take a little time off, head back to Delaware, and reload because the next night is the Dogfish Head Tap Night on February 18th at The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom in Fenton. That night is going to be a full on tap takeover. The highlight, for me personally, is the 90 Minute IPA passed through a Randall of Amarillo Hops. You know how I love my Amarillo Hops. Sadly, we will be out of town that night though. So go have a pint or two and let me know what I missed.

Brew Dogs at Founders!

The Brew Dogs are at Founders!

This is such awesome news.

You may have never heard of Brew Dogs. Maybe because you aren’t that big of a beer nerd or your cable package doesn’t include the Esquire Network. Either way, you need to fix that.

Brew Dogs is a cool show hosted by the Scottish brewing duo of James Watt and Martin Dickie. They have made some of the highest gravity beers ever and continue to push the envelope every time they brew.

For two seasons now they have crisscrossed the country brewing special and odd beers with some of the biggest and most trend setting breweries in the United States. Their recipes have included a beer in Philly with DNA encoded with the Declaration of Independence for the 4th of July to a spruce tip glacier water Kvass in Alaska to a swamp water voodoo beer brewed on an airboat in New Orleans. Those are just a few of the crazy things they have done. In addition to brewing something very unique they also visit local breweries, brew pubs, and craft beer bars and give their top 5 for each area they travel to.

The problem has been the lack of love for Michigan beer. Michigan has some of the biggest and best craft breweries in the country. Some cities have such a large gathering of breweries its hard to throw a rock and not have it bounce off a few of them. Grand Rapids was even voted “Beer City USA”.  Yet still, after two seasons there wasn’t even a single mention of Michigan. Even with some hints at what season three had in store there were big questions of whether or not a Michigan brewery would make the cut. Thankfully that is all about to change.

It’s so cool that they will be featuring some of our Michigan made beer on the show that I won’t complain about the brewery they picked. Honestly there really isn’t much to complain about. Founders is a huge brewery with amazing beer. They have a ton of national craft beer appeal and their special releases like KBS seem to just get bigger and bigger each year. I’d imagine that’s why they were picked and I’m sure it will be awesome. I just can’t help to wonder what it would have been like had these goofy guys paired up with some of the other off the wall breweries in the state like Dark Horse Brewing for example.

So set your DVR’s people and see if you can’t catch an episode or two of the Brew Dogs before we get to see Michigan craft beer finally get the recognition it deserves.

Recipe: Debbie Does Amarillo

I’m not sure the best way to post that I’ve added recipes to the site yet, but we will start like this.

Debbie Does Amarillo Dirty Blonde Ale

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 60 min 18.1 IBUs 6.9 SRM 1.049 SG 1.011 SG 5.0 %


Name Amount %
Pale Ale Malt (Avangard) 11.5 lbs 82.14
Carapils (Briess) 1 lbs 7.14
Honey Malt (Gambrinus) 1 lbs 7.14
Caramel Malt - 10L (Briess) 0.5 lbs 3.57


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Amarillo 0.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 8.8
Amarillo 0.25 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 8.8
Amarillo 0.25 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 8.8


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F


Brew day began at 11:00AM. Outside temp 32 degrees. Very windy.
Added Caramel 10 30 minutes into mash...oops.
O.G. - 1.046

Blew off trub. Tried sample. Gravity: 1.010

Sweet, malty, very slight hop flavor and aroma, no noticible bitterness.
F.G.: 1.008
ABV: 5.0%

It’s also available from the main page under the drop down menu for Recipes.

Maybe you should brew it up this weekend and let me know how it turns out.