Rhodells Brewery, Oct 30, 2010

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Rhodells Brewery, Oct 30, 2010

Post by illinois » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:53 pm

WARNING - this is a NON-COASTER trip report! However, it does contain beer - read at your own risk (or reward)! This may actually turn out to be Greg's favorite TR ever.....

October 30th turned out to be an interesting day.

I woke up, and shortly afterward a neighbor came by and asked if I would take some photos of the ~50 old tractors plowing a field nearby, all at the same time. They were kicking up a lot of dust, and that made for some great photos.

After a delicious BBQ lunch at the "plow day", I tagged along with a couple of friends, heading to Peoria, Illinois, to Rhodells Brewery: http://www.rhodells.com/

Not only does Rhodells have great beer that they have brewed on tap, but you can also pay to brew a 15-gallon batch of the beer of your choice.

We chose a stout, and began the process, with the help of one of the staff, by measuring out grain, malt extract, and hops according to their recipe. The grain was placed in fabric bags and then lowered into the steam-heated vessel. Later we added malt extract and hops at certain times.

Of course, all the while we were enjoying some great beers on tap. All those that I had could not be seen through - that's my kind of beer!

After brewing, the place ferments the batch, and then you go back and bottle it at a later date, in our case, mid-December.

When we were done, we headed to the Irish Pub next door for dinner and another beer. Thankfully I was not driving, and I could enjoy as much good beer as I desired.

The photos may tell the story better than I can. Enjoy. -Mike
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This is the sign you see as you walk into the brewery. I like this place already!
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Before beginning the strenuous work of brewing, my friends and I had to sample the wares - a tasty, tasty stout.
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After grinding the grain by hand, it is placed in some "socks" so that it can easily be removed from the liquid.
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Okay nerds, this is NOT a coaster control panel - this is a beer brewing system control panel. Both are equal in coolness.
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All of the brewing vessels were very photogenic without a flash.
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Nothing like enjoying a tasty beverage while giving the batch an occasional stir.
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It is a beer foul to let your cauldron boil over! Bad brewers. (This was NOT our batch.)
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This is what they were selling, all on-tap. Numbers at right are the percent of alcohol.
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Here's my attempt at a self portrait while capturing the sign on the window.
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Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and future beer bubble.....
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This sticker was on the paper towel holder in the restroom. Not classy, but appropriate.
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We had to stir the future beer every so often, and the aroma was wonderful.
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Warm beer ingredients may be hazardous to your vision - and enough actual beer is too!
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Re: Rhodells Brewery, Oct 30, 2010

Post by Greg » Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:08 am

Yum. I want some Read Head Hop Head IPA. Brewery visits are wonderful and you've inspired me to visit some soon.

Thanks for sharing your hop fueled adventure.
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Re: Rhodells Brewery, Oct 30, 2010

Post by OrangeWhip » Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:43 am

That looks like an awesome trip! Looks a lot easier than home brewing too.

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Re: Rhodells Brewery, Oct 30, 2010

Post by IndianaJoe » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:18 pm

I'm super jealous.
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