Emperial Brewing Wins (Second Place)!

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Aug 112013


We mentioned before that Emperial Brewing was making a showing at the Denver County Fair, and

we’re pleased to announce we won second place with Admiral Pale Ale (recipe forthcoming) in the combined IPA/American Pale Ale category! We were incredibly excited to be participating in the BJCP judged competition, and pleasantly surprised to see how well we did.

We’ll be uploading a picture of the actual ribbon etc. when we get it, but for now, celebrations are in order. We’ll be celebrating with some homemade rootbeer. Oh ya, we’re doing that now too.

That said, next year we’re gunning for first place. Watch out Denver.

Long Time No See…

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Jul 302013

So, we know things have been a bit quiet lately, but we’ve been hard at work on a number of projects that will hopefully see the light of day this fall.

To begin with: beta 0.9.0! Beta 0.9.0 brings two new recipes/labels/logos along with a number of tweaks to existing recipes. It also marks a shift from Emperial Brewing being primarily an online project no one cares about (no seriously, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re friends of ours in real life) to being a more traditional homebrew club. We’re not entirely sure how that’s going to work, but suffice to say we’ll be putting some feelers out in the local Denver community and possibly online through the AHA. More news on that when we’re not insanely busy with real life.

In addition to beta 0.9.0, we’re working on a couple write-ups of some builds we’ve done that people might find interesting. To start, we have a fairly simple mini-fridge lagering chamber (nothing quite like not having to use a temperature controller), a full on coffin keezer/kegerator design using the GE 7.0 cu ft freezer we posted a while back, and an STC-1000 build using templates to cut “pretty” holes instead of the often jagged or skewed holes that result from free-hand cuts. If this last project doesn’t sound that exciting to you, you’re not as anal as we are. Congrats. We’re still going to post it, because we’re anal—but you could probably tell that from the recipes/packaging etc.

Emperial Brewing is also going to make an “appearance” at the Denver County Fair this coming weekend. We’ve entered a Cider (“Apple Sauce”—this would be a third non-beer recipe we’ll be adding), India Ink, and a new Pale Ale recipe we are calling “Admiral” into their “Liquid Libations” competition. I suppose we’ll find out how we stack up to some of the other brewers here in Denver. We hope to report back that we’re awesome, but word around town is that the competition is pretty fierce.


Beer Jelly? Yes Please.

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Jan 272013

We at Emperial Brewing recently ran across an ingenious idea. While having beer with breakfast is sure to be frowned upon by some segments of society, having beer jelly with breakfast—well that’s a whole different issue isn’t it? The recipe we found uses Guinness, which would certainly make for some pretty tasty jelly, but we’re planning to use Emperial when we make ours. If you’re careful, you might even be able to pull off an IPA jelly, but you might lose out on aroma in the process. If you try making some jelly, let us know how it goes!

Without further ado: Beer Jelly.

BrewPi — It’s A Thing

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Sep 302012

If you’ve never heard of RaspberryPi before, it’s a micro computer—about the size of credit card—that is intended to be used as an educational tool for teaching kids (and interested adults!) how to program. It’s also seeing use in a variety of applications in which a computer of some sort might be beneficial, but a beefy full-size machine isn’t necessarily warranted. One of these projects is BrewPi (we think it ought to be called BrewberryPi—but c’est la vie).

BrewPi is an open source fridge automation project for use in temperature controlling fermentation or  kegerators (keezers). Some of you more advanced electronics DIYers ought to check it out. It has all the good qualities of an open source project, and it helps you brew your beer.

We here at Emperial Brewing can’t wait to see what develops now that BrewPi is available.

Avery Releases Homebrew Recipes

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Aug 112012

Those of you not constantly hitting refresh on reddit’s /r/homebrewing may have missed some great news from Avery Brewing out of Boulder, CO. In short, they’ve gone and fulfilled nearly every homebrewer’s dream by releasing full all-grain homebrew recipes for 14 of their beers. Depending on your tastes, Avery’s beers may not be at the top of your list of all-time favorite brews, but this sort of thing is part of what Emperial Brewing is all about: openness. A number of other breweries do this sort of thing already (to varying degrees), but we’d be lying if we said each new brewery on board with openness of this sort doesn’t warm the cockles of our hearts.

So, hooray for Avery! Every brewery who does this strengthens the homebrewing community, and we’re glad to see a brewery as accomplished as Avery decide thats something they want to do.

Now, go brew up some Maharaja. Maybe you could do a blind taste-test and compare it to Feature Length? Either way, it will be awesome.


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Jul 072012

A redditor (brewinginseattle) recently posted a link to a new project named “gristhub“, which appears to be a great adaptation of the github concept for use by brewers. It doesn’t currently have the functions we need (namely recipe and packing management), but we’re keeping an eye on it. Depending on what happens with gristhub, we might transition to using it instead of github. As it is, github is a great solution for our needs, but if gristhub manages to extend its capabilities, it will be even better.

It’s safe to say you should all check it out.

Veintiuno Is Born!

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Jun 232012

What is Veintiuno? Well, we mentioned it a couple weeks ago as a “test-batch.” Now that it’s all carbonated and tasted, we are confident in its ability to stand with the other Emperial Brewing beers as a summer seasonal—though we won’t complain if you brew it year-round either. As far as style goes, Veintiuno is a an American Amber Vienna Lager inspired by, you guessed it, macro mexican lagers. Unlike its inspiration, it relies entirely on malted barley, and brings the unique taste of vienna malt to the fore—no corn sugars allowed. Why “Veintiuno?” Aside from acknowledging its roots, “Veintiuno” can be taken as a reference to the United State’s 21st Amendment (that repealed prohibition). In that sense, its drinkability and low alcohol content make it an ideal option for those wanting to imbibe responsibly. Temperance need not be abstinence—especially when it’s delicious.

Depending on further testing, the beer will have packaging and official recipes added to the repository/this site. Until then, the initial recipe is as follows:

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7 cu ft Chest Freezer for $168 Shipped

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Jun 222012

This sort of thing is not going to be all that common of an occurrence, but a user on reddit (M0j0j0j0) pointed out a deal that might be relevant to individuals wishing to contribute to Emperial Brewing. Home Depot is currently selling a 7 cu ft Chest Freezer made by GE for $168 plus tax with free shipping. Please go here to read more about the deal.

Coupled with a temperature controller, it’d make a great fermentation chamber. We have it on good authority it will hold two carboys—or at least two better bottles. While it is not necessary for individuals wanting to contribute to Emperial Brewing to have full control of fermentation temperatures, it is most definitely a plus, and a highly recommended upgrade to any brewhouse.

For those who already have accurate temperature control, depending on the size of the kegs, it can fit 4 ball-lock kegs and a CO2 tank without a collar (and potentially 5 kegs with a collar), which makes it a great option for a kegerator as well.

It is unlikely a 7 cu ft freezer can be had new for much less than the one listed in the deal, so if you’ve been putting off getting one because craigslist hasn’t been panning out, and you don’t want to pay full price, this is definitely a viable option.

Emperial Brewing is in no way affiliated with Home Depot, or GE, and nor do we benefit from individuals purchasing the freezer—other than the warm-fuzzies of helping others pay less than retail price. We just thought we’d pass along the info.


Test Batch Bottling Day

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Jun 102012

To kick off the beginning of periodic “feature” stories (as opposed to the project oriented announcements we’ve had so far), we present you a picture of one of Emperial Brewing’s recent test batches on bottling day.

You know it’s bottling day when you spend a few hours sanitizing and meticulously bottling beer, tipping the bottling bucket to get every last drop into the bottles, only to find yourself opening one and drinking it on ice. Mmm… flat beer. Depending on how this beer turns out (it tastes great flat!), you may be hearing more about it soon. It continues the more recent trend of Emperial Brewing branching out into more lager styles, but we’ll wait to tell you more about it until we’re sure it’s ready for scrutiny. However, the url of the picture might give you a hint at what we’re doing.

We’d also like to take this time to call for feature stories from people contributing to the project. We’d love to hear about your experiences brewing, bottling, drinking, designing labels etc. Have some people over to brew? Finally get your fermentation space set up? Hit us up on the contact page so we can share with everyone. We like stories. Until then, you will be subjected to the haphazard ramblings of our founder. He’s excited, but you should not be.

Seriously, submit your stories.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

Get on the Git Bandwagon

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Jun 072012

So, we just said that we were abandoning Trac due to its somewhat cumbersome nature for a project like this. This is still the case. However, rather than relying solely on the forums, we’ve decided to start up a Git repository for Emperial Brewing. The forums will still be the first place to bring up potential changes and ideas (so that they can be discussed), but following that, you can submit changes/issues to the issue tracker. Major issues will still be brought to the community for voting, but smaller issues that don’t deal with aesthetics, and more with actual problems, will be incorporated directly into the project.

This move also allows those of you who are a little more tech-savvy to set up your own Git account and fork the project to make your own variations on recipes and maintain them yourself. So long, that is, as you stay within the constraints of the license that the project is provided under. These forks can then be brought back into the project at a later date if so desired.

Information will be updated across the site shortly.