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LABOR DAY, WE WILL BE CLOSED CELEBRATING  THE HOLIDAY WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. 
WE WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL ON SATURDAY SEPT 1ST FROM 9AM TILL 2PM, SO PLAN YOUR PURCHASES IN ADVANCE.
CHEERS!!
Tasting Results:
           On August 15th, 16, & 17th, (Wed, Thurs, Fri) we held a private tasting event. The results were extremely positive. All three days filled to capacity. We even had to turn a few down. The event went extremely well and the feedback was perfect. The truly honest opinions we received from a diverse group, with anywhere from years of brewing experience, some were BJCP judges, others were neighbors and fans of craft beer. We want to thank each and every one of you that helped us to see what we were good, great, and even ok at. All 12 beers were fairly judged and the helpful comments will allow us to fine tune and tweak our recipes. In general we had positive comments on most of our initial lineup, but the fun part was seeing the extreme differences from one style to another, or regarding the same beer. This gives us a great perspective on the hugely  different tastes people have on the exact same beers. It's easy to see why one beer may come and go and another may stay for the long haul. THANKS AGAIN!!
CHEERS!
Tom 
HERE'S THE LATEST AND GREATEST ADDITIONS!
 
Kettle Spider:       
        This handy gadget helps make hop or flavor additions more efficient. Just attached a reusable nylon mesh bag with drawstring and use the Kettle Spider to steep grains in an extract batch or to take the mess and burns out of multiple hop additions in the kettle. We recommend using the Kettle Spider with our reusable Nylon mesh bags with drawstrings. Can also be used with regular hop bags attached around the ring.
Features:
  • Arms Made of 304 Stainless steel
  • Adjustable Anti-slip silicone sleeves
  • Adjustable arms for small or large kettles
  • High Density ABS Collar
Gose: Brewing a Classic Beer for the Modern Era, by Fal Allen     
               As Gose becomes a breakout star in the beer world, the new release from Brewers Publications™, explores the history of this lightly sour wheat beer style, its traditional ingredients and special brewing techniques.

Popular in Germany centuries ago, Gose is experiencing a renaissance today, capturing beer fans from both the session and the sour beer categories. Allen takes readers on a journey of the innovation and experimentation that is occurring within the style, offering modernized brewing methods for this style that originated during the Middle Ages.

WILDBREW Sour Pitch by Lallemand:    
              WildBrew™ Sour Pitch is a high-performance, high-purity lactic acid bacteria specifically selected for its ability to produce a wide range of sour beer styles. WildBrew™ Sour Pitch produces a clean and balanced citrus flavor profile typical of both traditional and modern sour beer styles. When inoculated at optimal temperature and the right conditions, it is a powerful, safe and easy way to handle bacteria for various beer souring techniques, such as a typical kettle souring process. Besides providing an outstanding performance, WildBrew™ Sour Pitch is capable of delivering consistent results for brewers. Styles brewed with this bacteria include, but are not limited to, Berliner Weisse, Gose, lambic, American Wild, and Sour IPA.
MICROBIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
Classiffied as Lactobacillus plantarum, a facultative hetero-fermentative strain. 
Typical Analysis of WildBrew™ Sour Pitch:

  • Viable Bacteria > 10" CFU/g
  • Dry Matter > 92%
  • Coliform < 102CFU/g
  • Acetic Bacteria < 104CFU/g
  • Moulds < 103CFU/g
  • Yeast < 103CFU/g

In line with Lallemand’s strict quality control and assurance procedures, every single batch of WildBrew™ Sour Pitch is released to the market only after passing a rigorous series of tests, guaranteeing the highest standards of purity, quality and performance.

 

 

Extract Kit of the Month

Pumpkin Ale

This fall beer contains real pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, local Colorado wildflower honey, and Vermont maple syrup. At 8.1% ABV, it will keep you warm during those brisk fall evenings.

Approx. Original Gravity: 1.071 Approx. Final Gravity: 1.011 Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.1% Bitterness: 24 IBUs Calories: 239 kcal/12oz Approx. Color: 13 SRM

Estimated Brew Day time: 3 hrs (including cleanup) Total Time from Grain to Glass: At least 3 weeks

Contents of Kit:

12 oz CaraRuby malt
8 oz Crystal 60L
8 oz Victory malt
7 lbs Pilsen Light Liquid Malt Extract (LME) 2 lbs Pumpkin puree

1.5 lb Colorado Wildflower Honey (16 fl oz) 1 lb Vermont Maple Syrup
1 oz Magnum Hops
.5 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

1 pkg Danstar Nottingham Dry Yeast
5 oz Priming Sugar
55 Bottle Caps
28” Mesh Bag for steeping grains
The instructions you are reading right now

 

Tips and Tricks:

a) Keep the milled grains loose inside the mesh bag to extract the most flavor and color

b) Pay careful attention to not let your steeping water exceed 170°F which extracts tannins and stops the enzymes from extracting the sugars from the grain.

c) Make sure that the malt extract does not accumulate and caramelize on the bottom of the kettle. Keep it stirred.

d) Hops can cause malignant hyperthermia when consumed by dogs, with sometimes fatal results. Don’t let Spot eat your hops.

September Beginners Class

            This month our Class will be earlier than most due to vacation schedules for my employees. Saturday September 8th, starting at 10:30am, and normally goes till roughly 1pm. Our beginners class offers a great experience for those interested in learning how to brew as well as newbies who still have questions or would like to re-enforce their knowledge to get even better at brewing. You can enjoy watching the process and being involved during the class and ask all the questions you want of our class leader as well as any of our staff during or after the class. We are always there for you and will continue to assist you with the vast experience and knowledge of our team. We want you to experience and know the joy of making your own craft beer at home. The pleasure is immense and the payoffs are huge. Friends and family get involved and you end up having a tremendous social gathering when brewing.  It's a great time to hang out, discuss beers, recipes, styles, tips and tricks you learn and share.
          Signing up is easy, call us at 303-232-5347 (kegs), email us at kegs@tomsbrewshop.com or stop by and we will reserve your place. Seating is limited, so get your spot today. A $10.00 fee is required when you register. This will be returned in the form of an in-store coupon you can use anytime after the class.

 
Meet our New Employee!   
 

            Chris is our newest employee.  He was born and raised in Colorado but spent time in other states and overseas. He has been homebrewing for over 12 years and has more recently been volunteering at a commercial brewery in Denver.  Chris also likes to make kombucha and fermented foods as well as incorporate wild microbes and seasonal ingredients into his beers. As Head Wrangler of the Edgewater Fermentation Society (an AHA-registered homebrew club), the main Colorado volunteer for Pints for Prostates, and volunteer at GABF, you may have seen Chris around at beer festivals, charitable events and the like. He loves to cook adventurously to keep his family happy which allows for other hobbies, such as fly fishing and finding more time to spend in the craft beer industry. Chris usually helps on Saturday's and afternoons. Stop by to meet and welcome Chris to our team! 

 
  • Keg Cap Taps:   Tap Handles Now only $29.75, These sell for $44.95 on Amazon, Caps are only $1.50 each, Amazon sells for $1.99 each.   
               Keg Cap Tap Handle for Bars or Kegerator. Let Everyone know what Draft Beer is on Tap by Changing your Keg Cap.
  • Answers the age old question of "What's On Tap?"
  • A single tap handle for all of your needs
  • To use, just snap the branded keg cap from a commercial keg onto the handle. Or create your own with our blank caps.
  • Fits standard 3/8"-16 UNC threaded faucets
  • Compatible with caps from US Sankey style kegs (D Couplers)
Original Silver Keg Cap Tap Handle - Keg Cap Tap’s origins are simple–to answer the question of “what’s on tap?” for those with home kegerators. If you have a home kegerator, the Keg Cap Tap handle is what you need to let your friends and family know what’s on tap. A single tap handle for all your needs, regardless of whether you're serving domestic, imports or a homebrew! To use, just snap the branded keg cap from a commercial keg onto the handle. Or create your own with our blank caps. Use a marker, or home made stickers to let everyone know what's on tap! With the Keg Cap Tap Handle you will always know what's on tap without buying a collection of expensive handles. Specifications: Fits standard 3/8"-16 UNC threaded faucets; adapters for metric (10x1.5mm) faucets available Machined from high quality 6061-T6 billet aluminum Compatible with caps from US Sankey style kegs (D Couplers) 6.25" overall handle length Made in the USA

750ml Belgian Beer Bottles Crown Finish:  Now only $17.50 per case of 12.
                Bottle your Belgians authentically in these premium Belgian-style beer bottles. A high-quality bottle suitable for highly carbonated beers, and undeniably classy, these bottles are used by several top-notch breweries that brew the Belgian style. Use with standard crown caps, works best with a bench capper. 12 per case.
Can these bottles be corked as well?
               It is not recommend to insert a cork into bottles meant to be capped. The glass thickness at the neck is different and the wide corks will not insert well and the bottles probably break.



Special Offer:  
           Buy any Wine Expert Wine Kit during the month of September and receive one free package of Shrink Capsules with each kit. Choose any of the colors we have on hand.
Make your wine bottles look like a pro bottles them.


 

Yet another Step Closer!!  

               

      August is behind us and hopefully the 90 degree plus days as well. Looking forward to a beautiful fall with leaves turning colors and cooler days ahead. I love having all four seasons here in Colorado. Just looking to the west and seeing the Rockies is always comforting.

      We had a tremendous amount of fun and a great turnout at out tasting event. Overall the comments were positive, but like any beers, there are always differences in taste preferences.  We took it all in and will be able to adjust and tweak recipes to create even better beers for our future customers.

       I'd love to have said that progress was made last month, but that is not the case. Our plans for the drain have to be fully engineered and presented for a letter of acceptance that will then be passed on to our local sanitation district, after which, we would be able to apply for the permit to proceed with the construction. All of this will require multiple inspections and paperwork to be signed off, each step of the way. Once our drains get done, the rest of the project should flow better, as we do not require much in the way of modifications to our existing building. Luckily no major walls, ceilings or rooms need to be moved, cut or re-designed. We keep trying and will get there when the time comes. We thank all of you for your support and encouragement. There is a saying that I keep handy for moments that seem negative, "THIS TOO SHALL PASS". I've looked it up and the origin is somewhat murky, with more than one expert claiming where it came from. All I know is, it helps me keep going when things seem overwhelming.
CHEERS!!
Tom


 

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