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.

The End of Trac and The Beginning of Progress

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Jun 062012
 

Some of you who checked in over the last few days may have seen our attempt at a Trac installation for managing the Emperial Brewing project. You also may have noticed that despite our lofty ambitions, Trac just won’t work the way we want it to. There’s a number of reasons for this, but they all boil down to this: while Emperial Brewing was inspired by the open software movement, it is not software, and the way you manage software projects is not the way you manage distributed brewing projects. So, while it pains us to let go, we have moved on from Trac to using the forums. If anyone has other ideas, we’d love to hear them, but after weighing our options, we believe the forums will be our best bet for ease of use and discussion. A bit disorganized, yes, but ultimately more in line with our goals.

The forums will allow us to discuss possible changes, and assuming the changes make sense with the descriptions we have set out, we can then vote on them. If the changes are voted through, they will be incorporated into the project. It’s democracy in action, folks. But this time, instead of corruption, the end result is beer.

If you have questions or concerns, hit us up in the forums. They still have that new forum smell. You know the one.

Everything Old is New Again!

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Jun 042012
 

In the interest of making this website match the general spirit of the packaging of Emperial Brewing’s beers, the website has received a fresh coat of paint. In addition, some junk has been dislodged to make way for prettier things. Those prettier things are in the works (read: future)—as is our project management system. We’re currenlty weighing trac, and its somewhat cumbersome aspects for a project like this, and something simpler but likely less organized.

…If only there was a web app for collaborative beer recipe creation. But then, what would the point of this website be? Awesomeness. Awesomeness would be the point.

Stay tuned.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Brewery

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Apr 112012
 

Descriptions (which double as design documents) of every beer included in the initial line of Emperial Brewing beers (Pre-Release 0.8.0) are up on the Our Beers page. Soon, each beer’s icon will link to a separate page with the recipe and packaging materials of each beer. Once that happens, we will focus on building guidelines for submitting recipe/packaging revisions, and get trac (our tracker) set up for use.

Information!

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Mar 262012
 

While we are nowhere near finished, Emperial Brewing is proud to announce that basic descriptions of a few of Emperial Brewing’s beers (meant to serve as initial design guides) have been posted on the “Our Beers” page which you can find here. More beers will be added soon, as will links to pages devoted to each individual recipe and their packaging, but for now please peruse the information available.

Welcome!

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Mar 182012
 

Welcome to the brand new Emperial Brewing website. There’s not much to see at the moment, but we hope you take a look at our about page, and check back in the coming weeks as we get ourselves situated in our new space. We still have to figure out where the bookcases are going to go, and what color to paint the walls, but we hope over the next few weeks to create a home suitable for an open, community-based brewery.

Stick with us.