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Archive for November, 2010

Clown Shoe’s “Pecan Pie Porter”

November 23, 2010 10:20 pm

I’ve complained before about Mercury Brewing’s naming convensions and this is another example – apparently Clown Shoes is a series of beers under Mercury Brewing in Ipswich, MA – same as Ipswich Brewing.  BeerAdvocate notes, however, that this series is “Currently contract brewed at Mercury Brewing Company, Inc.” …perhaps their completely independent from Ipswich and Mercury.

I was willing to overlook all this, however, due to the recent launch of this beer and proximity to Thanksgiving weekend – a 4-day period where we’ve been known to crush kegs.  It has a “B+” rating online so I wasn’t too concerned with getting stuck with it, either.  Their other beers are consistently rated “A-” so I’d love to support a kickass new brewery that’s local.

Clown Shoes doesn’t list the beer on their site but BA lists it as a 7.0% ABV American Porter

Kicked 1/16/11.  This was slow to kick, primarily because I was testing a beer allergy-theory and not drinking any beer in the month of December.  It was a fantastic beer, though – really nice, slow drinking beer and I’m glad to see Clown Shoes do well.  An awesome brewery opening in Lexington is second only to an awesome brewery opening in Concord.  I’ll definitely serve this beer again. (A-)

Defrost, Cleaning, Co2 refill, change lines…

10:16 pm

Wow, that was a lot of work.  Two and a half hours later and the kegerator is back up and running.  Here’s a list of the maintenance performed;

  • Ice Defrosted – this was the majority of the time.  There was also ice behind the back metal panel that I made the mistake of removing.  It’s held on by four screws and it looks like so much ice had accumulated behind it that it popped one of the rubber washers.  Note to self: don’t let the ice build up so much!  I’ll need to monitor this and possibly defrost on intervals closer to 4 months.
  • Co2 Replaced – coincidentally, there was a very small shot of co2 left in the old tank, so this timing was great.  It looks like the last recorded co2 switch was in July of 2009, nearly a year and a half ago… or 1,300 beers.  My brother generously fills up the co2 since he works in the city in exchange for all he can drink.
  • Beer Lines Cleaned – They were surprisingly clear, even though it’s been probably close to a year.  The biggest hassle was taking off the couplers and spouts to clean, which were the problem areas.  I’ll probably save time next round by doing these more frequently than the full lines.
  • Co2 Lines Replaced – years ago some beer got in one of the c02 lines.  There was a little gross areas inside the line (size of a quarter maybe).  I doubt it impacted any flavor but bothered me enough to replace both of the lines with brand new ones.

I think that’s it.  It was a lot of work but it’s back up and running for another few months in the least.