For the past few weeks we’ve been planning the matrix. Well, actually we’ve been trying to plan the matrix, but then becoming very distracted by either beer or other things. One of the things which has been a very worthwhile distraction has been brewing beers for our friends wedding.
Our friends are getting married and we decided to give the gift of beer. We sat down with the bride and groom and figured out exactly what they like and would want to drink at their reception. So, it was decided that we’d be brewing up a chocolate-strawberry imperial stout, an orange Kolsch, a Bell’s Two-Hearted clone, and a Three Floyd’s Gumball Head clone. The wedding is going to be outside and in the summer, so basically everything aside from the stout will work perfectly with the warm weather. In all, we’ll be producing 40 gallons of beer.
Aside from this being a fun way to contribute to the wedding, it has really helped us iron out any kinks or problems in our setup. This will allow us to determine exactly which process and equipment really work best. We’ve done some improvements to the set up from the last time by adding a pump, thermometer to the mash tun, added a new filter in the mash tun, and a measuring tool to help measure the volume in our brew kettle.
The wedding will be in the beginning of June, and we’re hoping that by that time we’ll be finally ready to start the matrix.