Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Label Progress

As an engineer, artistic creativity sometimes comes slow.

With some help from a graphic-designer friend I was able to work through the label design of my "Dorfinator" doppel bock.

I used Photoshop and tweaked the fonts and colors until I arrived at the final draft.

I'm very happy with the result, but am in slight despair of making the rest of my labels because this one took an absorbedent amount of time to complete.

But, when someone asks you, "Where did you buy this beer?" it makes all that extra effort you put into you label totally worth it.

Monday, August 17, 2009


It has been two months since I started brewing here at my new home. I am very pleased with the amount of beer that I have been able to brew in that time. Total so far is 25 gallons. 5 gallons of "Dorfinator" Doppel Bock is bottled and the rest is in carboys. Pictured here is (from left) Tulpehocken Trap (Chimay Blue Clone) in primary, IPA in primary, "Reporter Red" red ale in secondary and "Honey Porter" also in secondary. What a beautiful sight!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I have a buddy who moved to Florida and didn't have space in the U-Haul to take his beer fridge. So, lucky me just got it for free.
I'm planning on purchasing a temperature controller for it so that I can lager beer during fermentation. Thus far I have been limited to ales as they ferment at higher temperatures. I guess I have to look into a tap system and corney kegs so that I can start kegging my homebrew!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Beer Labels

To start any adventure you need to begin with a name. My beer may be great to drink, it may be fun to brew and it may even turn out to the best beer the world has known.

None of this will really matter if I don't have a name to call it. A name for the brewery is essential, so I chose School Master Brewing Company.

I started brewing beer when I was in college. I still lived at my parent's house, and since my father made wine, all of the basic equipment I needed was right there for my use. A beer kit and a fresh case of commercial brew to sip while I was brewing was all I needed to buy at the time.

School Master Brewing Company was born out of my father's inspiration. He is a home wine maker and produces wine under the School House Winery label. It seemed only fitting to carry on the naming convention so tied to the one-room school house that I grew up in.