Yeezy Does It: A Few Brews Homebrewing Experiment

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"Really, brewing is stupid," James "JR" Peters, Few Brews Brewguy

The Few Brews crew has a tendency to take a small idea like "Hey man, let's taste some beers together" and blow it up into something like "So I designed a logo for our beer tasting thing; what do you think about turning it into a monthly club?" With homebrewing, there was no way we were going leave that tendency behind. Fortunately for us, James "JR" Peters -- longtime friend and our "Few Brews Brewguy" -- has been willing to ride with our madness.

So far, we've attempted to brew an Imperial whiskey stout called Smell of the Barrel, the "let's forget this was ever brewed" oatmeal raisin cookie stout -- we named this one Cookie Monster Mash -- and a mystery brew simply called Chicago Lightning. While some were better than the Cookie Monster Mash, none of them turned out the way we wanted them to. Did we ever think, "let's try to brew something a little more basic?"

Nope, we did not. Well, okay, that's a lie. There was a time when we thought it might be a good idea to try brewing a simple stout, but like all Few Brews ideas... kaboom! A simple stout turned into an imperial stout, which then turned into a full-blown Kanye West themed series of imperial stouts called the "Yeezy Does It" series. Here are the brews you can look forward to:

  • The College Dropout - Imperial stout
  • Good Morning - Imperial stout with cold brew coffee added
  • Imma Let You Finish - Imperial stout with Hennessy added
  • Dark Twisted Fantasy - Imperial stout with cold brew coffee and Hennessy added

James's quote at the top of this post is in reference to how easy it is to mess up a brew. It doesn't matter how many times you sanitize your equipment, how accurate you think your measurements and temperatures are; your beer can still end up tasting bad. The smallest thing, sometimes completely out of your control, can have the largest effect on your beer's quality. It's an incredibly technical process, and after doing some homebrewing of your own, you'll have so much more respect for the people doing it in larger quantities every single day.

That being said, although we have higher expectations for these brews than our previous ones, we can't guarantee any of them are going to be as tasty as they sound. We're very excited for when they're ready to drink though, and will continue to update you on our progress! If anyone is interested -- homebrewers, feel free to critique and give us advice -- here is our recipe:

  • 10 lb Maris Otter Malt
  • 1 lb Roasted Barley
  • 1 lb Belgian Special B Malt
  • 1 lb Chocolate Malt
  • 3.5 oz Fuggle Hops (60 min)
  • London Ale 1028 Yeast

Alright, there it is. The brew will be fermenting for about two weeks. We'll then bottle The College Dropout and add coffee and Hennessy to the beer in two secondary fermentors so it can sit for another week. Cheers!