I'm both excited and nervous, because Brew Durham is our first homebrew festival! And it is breathing down the very neck of the NC Brewer's Cup--the results of which will be posted at the fair on October 11-21.
There is a lot to do in the meantime. Chris Creech of NC Homebrewing very kindly offered to sell us his trashcan kegerator since he now has a jockey box and I didn't want to build one quite so soon after the keezer.
Doesn't it totally tie the whole room together? I really love it and I can't wait to serve beer out of it.
I will build a jockey box at some point, but I want to learn to weld a steel frame and build a kind of modern wood slat box to go around a cooler because I am crazy.
Since we kind of hated our lavender/coriander wit (which I have not posted tasting notes on, because everytime I sip it I want to not have sipped it), that is the beer we will test-serve in the trashcan this week sometime--this way we won't get too precious about spills.
I love lists, so other items on the to-do list include:
- Clean & paint the trashcan black
- Make taphandles, paint them white
- Have paintball CO2 tanks filled at Dick's Sporting Goods
- Get more gas & liquid lines for 2 kegs
- Buy new drip tray or retrofit our own
- Obtain all other hardware/connectors/gaskets
- Figure out what to do for signs/chalkboard for the actual festival
- Oh yeah, and brew two 5 gallon batches of beer or what-have-you
This Sunday we'll get started by brewing a Tripel IPA that will hopefully be able to hold its own with the kind of company we'll be pouring alongside on October 20th. I'm pumped about the recipe and cannot wait to talk about it some more.