8 Comments Posted @ January 18, 2010
The New Year got off to a pretty incredible start for us here at the Elizabeth Street Brewery. We were invited to brew a strong version of our ESB at the 21st Amendment Brewery for their Strong Beer Month coming in February. Each year, 21st Amendment and Magnolia get together and brew a dozen or so “strong beers” to be served during the month of February. This year, our very own strong version of Grandpa Jack (Elizabeth Street Bitter) will be on tap for folks at 21A.
Introducing Imperial Jack
Getting to brew on such a large system twice in just a matter of months was a true honor and amazing opportunity. Brewers Jesse and Shaun had the idea of doubling our ESB recipe from the GABF last year to create an “Imperial ESB”. A bitter that will boast an A.B.V. of around 8.5%, the beer had almost double the grain bill of our last batch (went from 550lbs of malt to 1,036 lbs). We knew we were onto something special from the very beginning.
Shaun and I mashed in and the sparge went off without a hitch. Unfortunately, I had to take part in a conference call for my day job during the boil so Shaun handled the majority of the hop additions before I rejoined him for the end of the boil and the grain clean-up. Jesse tagged in for Shaun for the end of the brew when we added the yeast and transferred the wort to the fermenter. All-in-all it was a great day and I can’t wait to brew on that scale again sooner rather than later. Here are some highlights from the day:
VIDEO: Adding yeast to the fermenter
VIDEO: Transferring Imperial Jack to the fermenter
Imperial Jack will be on tap beginning February 1 at 21st Amendment Brewery. See you there!