Monday, July 26, 2010

Zahm Shake #1

In the perpetual quest to create Smuttynose TV content, we're beginning a series of videos that document the Zahm shaking techniques of our brewers. In this first clip, Dan Schubert, our lead brewer, explains the process of checking the carbonation level in finished beer. It involves the copious shaking of a Zahm-Nagel SS-60. If you want to know more you should just watch the video.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tank 21 Joins Smutty!

On June 10th, 2010, a rainy Thursday, we got a new fermenter. It's the last tank we can install at our current site on Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth. The fermenter, also know as Tank 21, was made by JV Northwest in Canby, Oregon. It's 22.5' tall and 9' 10" in diameter. This 7,200 pound behemoth can hold 8,024 gallons of Smuttynose beer and weighs almost four tons!

The rain meant we had to split the process over two days. Thursday saw the unloading of the tank onto our lawn. The next day was sunny, so we were able to take the roof off the fermentation room and drop the tank in. Here are some videos from this process.

We are very proud to say that the tank is now online and filled with around 220 barrels of IPA.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bacon and Beer Fest

Excellent video coverage of Boston's recent Bacon & Beer Fest, courtesy of French Oak TV. Here JT explains the alchemy behind Charlie's Bacon Brown Dog Ale.

How to Make a Man Cry: The Bacon & Beer Fest from French Oak TV on Vimeo.