Coo Coo Ca Brew

Coo Coo Ca Brew A home brewery dedicated to making beer that pisses off the people over at the AB headquarters.
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05/06/2020

happy cinco de mayo, y’all! that hiwa coconut porter went down smooth! almost as smooth as the #patronanejo! cheers you guys! be safe on your way to the bedroom tonight!! 🤣 #cincodemayo #tequila #mauibrewing #patron #shot #craftbeer #craftnotcrap #gottagetuptogetdown

high score? what does that mean? did i break it?! 🤣 it’s been a minute, friends! hope you all are staying as safe as you...
05/03/2020

high score? what does that mean? did i break it?! 🤣 it’s been a minute, friends! hope you all are staying as safe as you wanna out there! just wanted to check in and let you know that i’m still here doin my thang. i put a big one on the burner today. stay tuned for details. damn thing wouldn’t stop trying to boil over. so, i had to rig up a fan. anyway, you ain’t heard the last of me. take care out there! and, tell me about the biggest beer you’ve made! i’d love to hear about it. laters, y’all! #homebrew #homebrewing #rdwhahb #craftnotcrap #craftbeer @ Affton, Missouri

man! it’s been a while, guys. i’ll spare you guys the deets of my life. but, just know i’m back. brew house slowed down ...
11/03/2019

man! it’s been a while, guys. i’ll spare you guys the deets of my life. but, just know i’m back. brew house slowed down a little. but, i’ve been working on stuff. i’ve got a great batch of a whisky barrel scotch ale aging on some cassia bark. and, some more goodies on the way. look for more posts about them soon. got the chance to try this derivation 12 yesterday and, all i can say is holy cow!! @sideprojectbrew still out here killin’ it y’all. AND, the wifey and i got our allotment of bbt 2019 this morning!!! 🙌 🙌 🙌 took about 8 seconds. lol! anyway, as i said before, i’m back. be on the look out for shananigans! i missed y’all! be good to each other! talk at ya soon! 😉❤️ #sideprojectbrewing #derivation #beerbarreltime2019 #homebrew #rdwhahb #stoutseason #firstpostinawhile #craftbeer #lifeisshortdrinkgoodbeer #craftnotcrap

01/07/2019

good morning!! 12 hrs in and she’s rocking! 😍 blowoff tube’s over in the corner getting warmed up. lol! have a great day y’all! #fastferment #healthyfermentation #homebrew #rdwhahb #blowoff #craftbeer #makingbeer

helloooooo and happy new year, y’all! sorry for the bout of radio silence for the last few weeks. the end of 2018 was a ...
01/07/2019

helloooooo and happy new year, y’all! sorry for the bout of radio silence for the last few weeks. the end of 2018 was a little rough around here. my family and i had to say goodbye to my little brother. 😔 he was a cystic fibrosis warrior. and, he wouldn’t want me to pine. so, let’s just all raise a pint for him. 🍻 love you, lil bro..... but in other news, 2019 is starting off with a bang! i put a bourbon county brand stout clone on the burner today! and popped one open to celebrate the occasion! brew day went good. i hit all my numbers. and, didn’t even have a stuck sparge from the 28 lbs. of grain in the mash tun. 😊 pre-boil:1.086 og:1.132 & 5.5 gallons in the fermenter. i made a starter using 2 packs of 1084 irish ale and one pack of 4347 extreme fermentation from @wyeastlab. pitched that on the wort just after a healthy oxygenation at about 5. we’ll see how it’s doing in the morning. i’m so glad to be back at it, guys n gals! i’ll keep you posted on the progress. y’all have a great week!! hug the necks of all those you love!! and, if you want, some you don’t. 😉 #homebrew #homebrewing #rdwhahb #brewday #happyyeast #healthyfermentation #imperialstout #bcbs #mrstirplate #mydogistotallydreamingrightnow #ithinkheschasingasquirrel 🤣 @ Coo Coo Ca Brew

just doing a little flavor comparison. you know, for science. not that @perennialbeer needs my nod, but i gotta say that...
11/25/2018

just doing a little flavor comparison. you know, for science. not that @perennialbeer needs my nod, but i gotta say that abraxas is bad ass. and, i believe one could say the same about my Mancha Manteles. the abraxas has waaaay more body and is tasting like an awesome cinnamon roll right now. while there’s more spice and more chocolate coming through in mine. i should note, though, that this is almost an apples to oranges comparison as abraxas is an imperial milk stout and mine’s just a plain ol’ imperial stout. and, mine was never meant to be a clone. but, the flavors of both beers are on point. peppers, cinnamon, and chocolate. what’s not to love? cheers y’all!! hope you had a great thanksgiving! and, that you didn’t get beat up on black friday!! 😂 #abraxas #manchamanteles #craftbeer #craftnotcrap #homebrew #rdwhahb #moléstout #homebrewing #forscience #happythanksgiving

11/19/2018

and a fine brew day it was..... yesterday. it was cold and dreary today. didn’t stop me from kegging up this year’s mancha manteles, though. mainly because it was inside work. but, i still did it. and, that’s what counts! 😂 what you see in the clip is my maiden foray into first wort hopping. hoping to get a fuller hop character out of some new zealand motueka hops i tossed into a lime witbier. gonna drop some more motueka in the fermenter after high krausen, too. the wort tasted like straight fruity pebbles. no kidding. pretty stoked on this batch. hit all the targets and it’s bubbling away in fermenter #2. look for updates in a few days after it’s done with the main fermentation. also, the mancha manteles will be ready to grace your chops in 3 days! so, be ready! hope y’all had a great weekend!! talk at you soon! #rdwhahb #healthyfermentation #craftbeer #homebrew #craftnotcrap #firstwort #firstworthopping #dryhopped #kegitup

ok, @orneryalesproductions i’m gonna take your recommendation and try some first wort hop action! applying this old tech...
11/17/2018

ok, @orneryalesproductions i’m gonna take your recommendation and try some first wort hop action! applying this old technique to what will become a motueka dry hopped lime witbier. can’t wait to see the difference in hop character. currently sipping on my double irish red and enjoying this beautiful saturday! cheers y’all!! #brewday #healthyfermentation #craftbeer #homebrew #rdwhahb #witbier #blichmann #fastferment #megapot #civicsi #mashingin #brewyourown #craftnotcrap #dryhopped @ Coo Coo Ca Brew

10/29/2018

got the pumpkin carved!! complete with spooky sounds even. ok, the spooky sounds are from the wifey rustling pans in the kitchen. but, you have to admit they’re a little scary. 😂 #halloween #carvingpumpkins #coocoocalantern #rdwhahb #homebrew #notpumpkinale #jackolantern #craftbeer

does anyone know what happens when you’re moving a full fastfermenter and you accidentally knock the collection ball on ...
10/27/2018

does anyone know what happens when you’re moving a full fastfermenter and you accidentally knock the collection ball on something? i certainly do. it was like i was seeding my lawn. except the “seeds” were beer drops. and, the “lawn” was my office, hallway, and bathroom. 🤦‍♂️😂 smelled really good, though.

10/24/2018

that Mancha Manteles is 3 days in and still chuggin! it’s definitely gonna blow off when i add the molasses. 😯😁 #airlock #healthyfermentation #fermentation #rdwhahb #craftbeer #craftnotcrap #homebrew #beerporn #bubbles #happyyeast #yeast #getinmybelly

yo! what’s up, y’all?! we’re getting these fermenters filled up over here. and, we’re pretty damned stoked about it! 😁 t...
10/23/2018

yo! what’s up, y’all?! we’re getting these fermenters filled up over here. and, we’re pretty damned stoked about it! 😁 there’s some Ginger Rage double irish red in #4. and, most recently we put some Mancha Manteles imperial molé stout in #3!! we’re even debating dumping that Mancha Manteles into a rum barrel. 😯😉 it’s shaping up to be a great winter lineup here at Coo Coo Ca Brew! we hope y’all are having a good monday. or, we hope you’re at least having some good beer now that it’s almost over! only 4 more days til the weekend! you’ve got this! WOOOT! y’all be good to each other out there! talk at you soon!

extra extra!! read all about it!! believe it or not coo coo ca brew still doin’ they thing!! lol! what’s happenin’ ladie...
09/24/2018

extra extra!! read all about it!! believe it or not coo coo ca brew still doin’ they thing!! lol! what’s happenin’ ladies n gents?! we really hope all of y’all are doing well out there! we haven’t brewed much in the last several months. but, that’s not stopped us from learning and living. however, i did get a good one in today. made yet another batch of our DDH Flight of the IPAtor neipa. we’re gonna be serving this one at the Jackson Oktoberfest that will be occurring on oct. 5th & 6th. so, get your booties there if you wanna get some of the super freshies! this one’s gonna blast you with pineapple and citrus. but, there’s no pineapple or citrus in it. so, how do we do it? elementary my dear watson. 😉

in other news, we’ve been pretty busy trying to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. and, we even got some new equipment! can’t wait to try out this new (to us) Spike Brewing kettle. she’s got the bells and whistles. with even more bells and whistles to come!

so, in trying to keep this short(ish), we’ll stop there with the jibber jabber. and, end with the good ol’ we hope to see you guys n gals in a couple weeks at the Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest. we absolutely cannot wait to pour some great beers for y’all! just look for the Hop Heads of Southeast Missouri - Homebrew Club tent! peace & love!! talk at you soon!

man, what a gloomy day. 😕 but, you know what lifts our spirits up and makes us wanna get down? making beer!! so, we’re b...
04/22/2018

man, what a gloomy day. 😕 but, you know what lifts our spirits up and makes us wanna get down? making beer!! so, we’re back at it out in the shed! and, brew day’s got us like 😍😁! sunshine and rainbows, baby! we got some new brew gadgets so we’re keeping it simple with a witbier. just wanna lay down a good bassline... er, i mean baseline while we’re getting used to the new equipment.

and as you may have noticed, it’s been a little slow at the ol coo coo ca brew lately. but, with good reason. we’re working on some plans and getting ready for a move. so, we’ve slowed our roll a little in prep for what’s to come. but, regardless of what it may seem, we’re working diligently behind the scenes for great things. stay tuned!

in other news, we’ll be up in belleville, il this saturday pouring some samples of a chocolate and coffee imperial pastry stout we’ve had in the works for a bit. should be a great time. so, if you find your way up there to check out the home brew and music walk, stop by and say hello!

otherwise, hope y’all have had a great weekend! be good to each other out there. and, we’ll talk at y’all soon!

yo yo party people! happy #nationalbeerday!!! celebrating with a big pour of mancha manteles!! hope you ladies n gents a...
04/08/2018

yo yo party people! happy #nationalbeerday!!! celebrating with a big pour of mancha manteles!! hope you ladies n gents are out there having a good time..... responsibly! don’t forget that next weekend is the Bootheel Beerfest down in Poplar Bluff. we won’t be there. but, the Hop Heads of Southeast Missouri - Homebrew Club will be there pouring a bunch of great beers competing for the Hop Draft Homebrew Competition trophy! get down there, try some beers, and vote! otherwise, be safe out there this evening and every evening. be good to each other! talk at y’all later! 🙂

a wise brewer once said, “making beer is 10% brewing and 90% cleaning.”.....so true. but, to the victor go the spoils. a...
03/26/2018

a wise brewer once said, “making beer is 10% brewing and 90% cleaning.”.

....so true. but, to the victor go the spoils. and, i have conquered the beast. she sparkles!! and, in 3 days the spicy nectar that is mancha manteles will once again caress my chops and it will all be worth it. for it has been kegged. and, unto thee shall another tasty libation from coo coo ca brew be released. 😁 i’m gonna have to work fast to get some bottled up and sent out in time for some competitions. feeling pretty good about this batch.

in other news, we had to withdraw from the hop draft competition. our keg almost kicked at the first event in sikeston. the beer was well received. we got a LOT of great compliments on it. but, since the keg wouldn’t last through the remaining two events, we pulled it. once we got the keg home, we found that there was about 16 oz. of good beer left. only enough for about 6 samples. oh well, there’s always next year.

in other other news, Joseph Barnes’ event Brew Movement Against MS was yesterday. i dropped off a variant keg of our neipa recipe. i made this one with el dorado, galaxy, and citra and triple dry hopped. again, it was well received. got to talk to a lot of cool people. it was a really good time. and, i hear that Joe did well with the event. way to go, Joe!!

well... i hope you all have had a great weekend. i don’t know about you, but i’m kinda wore out and ready for another one. however, we can do this! have an awesome week everybody!! be good y’all! 😜

oh! there’s a couple other things too! so, the batch of pineapple neipa for the Hop Draft Homebrew Competition has been,...
03/12/2018

oh! there’s a couple other things too! so, the batch of pineapple neipa for the Hop Draft Homebrew Competition has been, as of today, double dry hopped! that stuff tastes like straight up pineapple juice! so stoked for the competition and to see how it’s received.

another thing, the latest batch of mancha manteles imperial molé stout is now in secondary with the lovely molé extract. that’ll be ready in about 2 weeks. just in time to bottle and ship out to the American Homebrewers Association’s homebrew competition. can’t wait to see how it does this year.

AND THEN, i got another fastfermenter! FastBrewing & WineMaking has ironed that thing out. i really like ‘em if you couldn’t tell. super quick and easy racking not to mention all of the other awesome attributes.

well, i think that’s about it for now. y’all be good and sleep well tonight! have a great week! and, talk at you soon! 😊

it’s chilly, it’s dark, it’s cloudy, and it’s sprinkling. so tired of seeing my breath on brew day. but, that’s not stop...
03/11/2018

it’s chilly, it’s dark, it’s cloudy, and it’s sprinkling. so tired of seeing my breath on brew day. but, that’s not stopping the brew train!! i’m at it again over here making yet another neipa variant. this time it’s for the Brew Movement Against MS beer fest to be held at the Homebrew Supply of Southeast Missouri shop on the 24th. our buddy Joe Barnes is putting it on. and, i’m excited to help! so if you want some of this batch, show up on the 24th and help Joe spread some ms awareness. hope you guys are having a great weekend so far! can’t wait to see y’all at the beer fests this year! take care and be good, friends!

03/05/2018

hey hey hey! brew day did in fact happen today! and, it was a good one! but, i neglected to take any pics or footage of any of the happenings. so, there’s no real proof. except that our friend and Hop Draft teammate Joe (won’t let me tag you. don’t know why.) snapped a few. i did manage to get this lil nugget, though. and, that was definitely a bubble. i pitched the yeast about an hour and a half ago, and it seems it’s taking off already. got some happy yeast! with an og of 1.061 and an expected fg of 1.011 it should be about 6.5%. that’s right where i wanted it. can’t wait for y’all to try it! i’ll keep you posted on the ferm. take care and have a great week everybody! talk soon! 😁

yeah. it’s ready. 💯 coo coo ca brew gettin’ they joo joo ja jooce on! great hoppy pineapple aroma. great hoppy pineapple...
03/03/2018

yeah. it’s ready. 💯 coo coo ca brew gettin’ they joo joo ja jooce on! great hoppy pineapple aroma. great hoppy pineapple flavor. great mouthfeel. what’s not to love? gonna fire up the burner tomorrow and put another batch in fermenter no. 2! this one will go to competition. can’t wait to pour some samples for y’all! have an awesome saturday, ladies n gents! talk to you guys tomorrow! 😁

gooood mornin!! so, i was up late last night doin’ beer stuff. so late in fact that i passed right out once i looked at ...
03/01/2018

gooood mornin!! so, i was up late last night doin’ beer stuff. so late in fact that i passed right out once i looked at my bed. i know, so unlike me. 😉 but, i got a lot of stuff done. i cleaned a keg, i cleaned the beer lines in my kegerator, i kegged a tasty neipa, i boiled some molasses for a high krausen addition to my mancha manteles, i made said addition to said mancha manteles, i made an extract for the aforementioned mancha manteles, i scrubbed a fermenter, and ........ what else?...... oh, drank beer. good times!! anywho, check out those hop bags. that’s a half pound of dry hops that went into this iteration of my neipa recipe. this beer is turning into one of my favorites in a very expedient manner. it’s so good. all of it. lol! if you want to try it out, it should be ready for mass consumption on saturday. stop by if you’re in the area. i’ll pop back on saturday with an update about the awesomeness that is my latest creation. otherwise, i hope y’all have a great day! only 57,600 seconds of work til the weekend!! you can do it!! be good friends!!

yo yo yo! long time, friends! a little too long really. but, that’s neither here nor there. regardless of the radio sile...
02/27/2018

yo yo yo! long time, friends! a little too long really. but, that’s neither here nor there. regardless of the radio silence we’ve been busy. real busy. there’s some stuff about a youngster in our midst. some other stuff about an llc and some permits. and, a whole lotta life. we’ll not go there for now. but, we WILL go here: meet my new friends! in fastfermenter no. 1 we have a huge imperial stout recipe. we’re hoping for big things from this one. 16.1% of big things to be treated to some bourbon soaked medium toast oak. keep your eyes peeled. 😉 in fastfermenter no. 2 we have our second crack at our Hop Draft Homebrew Competition northeast ipa. which, is coming along VERY nicely. it’s a pineapple neipa which is currently being dry hopped for the second time with some mosaic, galaxy, and citra. you’ll want to be at the sikeston st. paddy’s day festival on march 17th to get the freshest taste of it. so, be there and vote for me! and, in fastfermenter no. 3 we have our latest batch of mancha manteles. some of which will be heading out to the American Homebrewers Association’s homebrew competition. we’re hoping for a great score and some great feedback! maybe even a medal. we shall see!

so, there. just wanted to catch you guys up a little on the haps. hope you all are having a great year so far! it’s shaping up to be the best for us here at coo coo ca brew. we’ll talk soon, friends. ‘til then, take care of each other!! and, be good!! ❤️❤️😁

for our next trick, we’re turning a big bag of grain into BEER! but, this isn’t one of those blink and you’ll miss it ki...
10/02/2017

for our next trick, we’re turning a big bag of grain into BEER! but, this isn’t one of those blink and you’ll miss it kinda things. it’s more like wait for a lil bit and then, wait some more kinda things. lol! that’s ok, though. patience is a virtue. anyway, it would seem that something has went awry with the fermentation on the imperial stout for the molé awesomeness that is Mancha Manteles. as i noticed a definite lack of action in the yeast starter and fermenter airlock even after the molasses addition at high krausen, we decided to take action. we usually see a blow off. but, the ferm seemed to drop dead with little to no activity after said addition. SO..... we brewed another batch today. as seen in the starter pic, it’s definitely had a good fermentation. which, gives us high hopes for this brew.

as you know, we gotta deliver the goods. and, taking note of what we see in the various fermentations is a good way to stay on top of just that. sometimes things go wrong in there (the fermenter). it’s fairly difficult to tell 750 billion yeast cells to do exactly what the last 750 billion did. but, that’s why i don’t make the big bucks. 😉 i’m on the scene like a maltose machine making it rain sugar down on all the beastly yeasties. or something. lol! anyway, we’ll keep posting updates. keep your eye out for a blow off post. probably wednesday. until then, friends! love each other! or, at least try. bye y’all!

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