Brandon Rotary Wild Game Dinner & Rib Bone!

March 19, 2015 at 4:21 PM

D’Ann White did an article on us for the Tampa Tribune South Shore section on our involvement with the Brandon Rotary Wild Game Dinner. See the article below!

Some changes… We’re not serving 2000 pints. That’s a lot of beer. We’re serving 4 kegs – 496 pints – Robust Porter, Hefeweizen, The Rib, and Alafia Rye IPA.

Cheers!

tbo.com article

 

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Location Update 2

September 19, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Well, I’m sad to say that negotiations did not work out for the location we were attempting to acquire. So the search continues.

Starting a business has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There are a million rules, regulations, and decisions. The list of tradeoffs is staggeringly long. Not only do you have to raise money, you have to learn all the nuances of the county/city regulations, learn how to legally set up your organization, learn all the brewing regulations for your state, learn how to manage a company, to manage people, manage websites, social media; the list is exhaustive and you haven’t even opened the doors yet or earned your first dollar. Then you have to convince someone to let you lease a space. That person might be out of state and the process can be excruciatingly slow. It’s an experience only a crazy person would undertake.

Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. For those of you that think being a good brewer means being able to run or start a brewery, you are in for a huge surprise. I however am crazy. You have to be to try and start a business like this. You have to be an optimist and you have to want it so badly and be so focused that you almost will the business into existence.

Even though we’ve hit a snag, we’re not going to give up. Every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. I think we will find a location very soon and all of this juggling will be a thing of the past. New experiences will create new failures and new learning opportunities.

Here’s to new opportunities.

Cheers.

Location Update

September 14, 2014 at 2:29 AM

We’ve begun negotiations on a location. We’re really hopeful that this will work out. I’m hoping to update in the next couple weeks with good news.

In the meantime, we’re brewing up some more beer and finishing up the grain mill. Irish red will be going in the fermenter tomorrow.

Also we will soon roll out an offer that you can’t refuse. More details to come!

And now for something completely different…

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Some ribs we cooked up on the smoker. Beautiful.

What’s been brewin’?

September 5, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Things are brewing on a location! We’ve furiously been looking for somewhere to call home and we may have found it. Nothing is final, but we have high hopes.

On the beer front, we’ve been brewing up some beers, winning more medals in competition, and trying out new recipes. I’ll soon be able to get my hands on fresh ingredients for a special beer I’ve been working on. For right now it’s…

On the BBQ front, we have a provisional menu established and I can’t wait to get some of our unique creations on your plate. Be sure to check out the menu page!

Cheers!

Equipment Updates!

September 5, 2014 at 1:54 AM

The mill is almost ready! We have a 13″ three roller Jim Boney Malt Mill. We designed and built a custom cabinet and hopper for it. When it’s all done we should be able to mill 40 lb of malt per minute! This mill will allow us to grow without adding additional time to the brew day.

In line oxygenation! We have a 100 lb O2 tank and an inline oxygenation stone on the chilling side. So much better for the beer to be able to control the O2 rate going into the wort.

We’ll be heading to Half Way There this weekend and will be stopping by Brew Fab in St. Pete to see what they can do for us about brite tanks and a keg washer manifold.

We won’t be pouring, but be sure to visit the Brandon Bootleggers and my buddies at Hidden Springs Ale Works for some terrific beer!

Coming soon: HERMS controller, more fermenters, keg washer, and brite tanks

Cheers!

Pilot Brewery

February 9, 2014 at 2:28 AM

The pilot brewery is up and running!

We decided to go with Stout Tanks for the pilot brewery. It’s a 1 BBL HERMS system. We have yet to hook up the HERMS, but we are tweaking things to get ready for it.

A HERMS is a Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System. Wort from the mash tun is pumped into the HLT which has a temperature controller switch controlling the gas burner, flicking it on and off to maintain the temperature of the water in the HLT. This type of system is beneficial for doing step mashes and having clear wort go into the boil kettle when you sparge.

The brewhouse consists of a 55 gallon boil kettle, 40 gallon mash tun, and 40 gallon HLT with the HERMS coil. We have 3 stainless 40 gallon conical fermenters that fit into a refrigerator. We are using our kegerator trailer as a fermentation trailer at the moment. We have 3 more fermenters on order as well as 3 bright tanks.

For chilling the wort after the boil, we chose to go with a two stage chilling process. The wort goes through a Duda Diesel 60 plate, 18 inch, heat exchanger, which is cooled with tap water. 200+ degree wort goes in and 75 degree wort comes out! This plate chiller is a beast. Then the wort goes into a Blichmann Therminator that has ice water circulating through it. Depending on how much ice we use, we can chill the wort down to 40 degrees! It only takes 30 pounds of ice to get the wort to 55 degrees which is our pitching temperature.

We are building a keg washer out of a three section sink based on the design by Colorado Boy Brewing.

Upgrades to come:

Blichmann Tower of Power – to control the HERMS

Burners –  we have cheap Chinese jet burners right now and they are inefficient.

Oxygenation – inline oxygenation stone with regulator.

Sanitary pumps – we are currently using March 315HF pumps. They work great, but they are do not use sanitary fittings. We have to clean the pump head and valves after every brew to avoid contamination.

We hope to have the brewery entirely ready to rock and roll soon. When we find a location we will be able to set up right away and submit our paperwork to the TTB for licensing.

Pictures to come, cheers!

Location…

February 9, 2014 at 2:00 AM

We officially passed on a location this last week. It just wasn’t what would be best for the business.

We are working hard to get a place to call Rib Bone, but in the meantime we have our pilot system up and running and we are working on perfecting recipes.

 

Cheers!

Welcome to Rib Bone Brewing Company!

February 7, 2014 at 2:29 AM

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Hi all! This is going to be a blog about starting up the brew pub. Right now we are a couple of guys with some hefty dreams, but we intend on starting the pub by the end of the year. We’ve been crafting some great beers and cooking up BBQ and we can’t wait to serve the Brandon/Riverview communities.

From time to time I’ll make some posts here to update everyone on our progress. The site is a work in progress, so don’t be surprised if things change from time to time. We’ll be on facebook and twitter soon. Also, we’ll will have a kickstarter campaign when things get closer to being finalized, so I’m sure you’ll be sick of hearing from us, but once that delicious nectar of the gods starts flowing out of the taps you’ll want to come back again and again.

Cheers!