Group Brew

I spent yesterday at an event run by the Snake River Brewing Club, the homebrewing club that I’ve been a part of for several months now. We brewed around 80 gallons of strong scotch ale and split it up into smaller portions to ferment it. We’ll be getting back together in a month or so to combine the beer into a used Merlot barrel to age for several months.

My brewing system only handles 5 gallons at a time, so I cooked a pot of chili and photodocumented the brew while the guys with 10 and 15 gallon systems did the brewing. The chili was a cheaper version of my favorite recipe– I had chipotle peppers this time, and I used ground beef instead of the tastier chuck roast. One of the other guys brought a Bacon Explosion, which I was interested to try. I’ve never seen one up close before.

Frankly, it was less bacony than I had been led to believe. If anything, the bacon *contained* the explosion, unless, of course, “explosion” refers to the effects of the dish on the digestive tract. If you really want to make your own, the official website is here:

Oh, I drank a bit of beer, too. We had a variety of homebrews on tap- a Pliny the Elder IPA clone, a irish stout, a doppelbock, a scotch ale similar to the one we were brewing, an alt, and a “winter warmer”. We also had some growlers of beer, and a lineup of commercial beers including Widmer Drifter Pale Ale (one of my favorite beers), Bitch Creek ESB, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA.

Here’s the recipe for the beer:

David’s Scotch Ale

(amounts scaled from 11 gallon batch)

Style: Strong Scotch Ale
Type: All grain Size: 5 gallons
Color: ~22 SRM
Bitterness: 30 IBU
OG: 1.093 FG: 1.023
Alcohol: 9.0% v/v

*Pale Malt (2 Row) US 13 lbs 10.9 oz
*Biscuit Malt 3 lbs 10.7 oz
*Caramel Malt – 60L 1 lbs 3.2 oz
*Caramel Malt – 40L 6.4 oz
*Special Roast 4.8 oz
*Crystal Malt -120L 3.2 oz
*Peat Smoked Malt 3.2 oz

Mash at 154 (single infusion) for 45 minutes.

*Northern Brewer [8.50 %] 0.47 oz @ 60 min (9.4 IBU )
*Fuggles [5.50 %] 0.27 oz @ 60 min (3.5 IBU )

*Fuggles [5.50 %] 0.27 oz @ 30 min (2.7 IBU )
*Centennial [10.50 %] 0.54 oz @ 30 min (10.2 IBU )

2 Pkgs Wyeast Labs #1728 Scottish Ale Yeast


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