Small Business Fridays

Recently, the gentlemen from the Binghamton Marketing stopped by to shoot one of their weekly webisodes – Small Business Fridays – about our nanobrewery, Black Heart Brewery. We were in the middle of a very hot Saturday brew session when they stopped in to do a video shoot/interview. They were great, with awesome questions and a whole lot of amazement (as often people have when they see our DIY brewing technology). So give the video below a watch. And there will be more nanobrewery video updates to come real soon. Cheers!


Black Heart Brewery Update & Control Panel Test Video

On Sunday, Brett and I spent the entire day, a good 10 hours of it, in the brewery soldering, cutting, stripping, and connecting wires and components. We are happy to announce we now have working switches and LED indicator lights. These let us know that the components are getting power, and are explained further in the video below. We are ordering the rest of the box parts tomorrow and it will be completed on Thursday, less the Brewtroller 4.0, which we are waiting to hear an arrival date on. Other than that, we can finish hooking back up the plumbing, route the wires, test the valves and connections. We will be brewing within 2 weeks; period.
We were pleased to find out today that our friend Adam, who is BHB’s welder, will be finishing up the mounting arm for the control box, and we will have it in place by mid week; pictures to come.
Our grain mill is hopefully going to be completed by the time we brew again, but if not, I will deal with ONE last manual crush session at the local homebrew store [Author’s note: As an aggressive inline skater, I have sustained many shoulder injuries through the years, most recently with a dislocation prior to massive snow storms, so that Monster Mill is going to be my new best friend soon.]
Like I said previously, we are 2 weeks away from being able to brew again, and once we do, the beer will be flowing. We just ordered up 11 1/6bbl kegs, that we hope to fill very soon via a weekly brewing schedule, a goal that we are on task to reach by the end of March.
That is all for now. Please enjoy the short update below, with many more to follow, including some in depth videos on nanobrewing. Cheers!

Sam Adams Boston Lager – Perfect Pintglass vs Spiegelau tulip

I had purchased a seasonal 12 pack from Samuel Adams; the American Classics pack. Now, I had previously tried and reviewed the classic Boston Lager. So I thought it would be neat to do a different sort of post.

What if I did a side by side tasting of Boston Lager with the Perfect Pint glass and the Spiegelau tulip glass? The first is a beer glass specifically designed around the SA Boston Lager. The second is a German made crystal tulip glass; my favorite style and specific model. All of my beer reviews are now done in this one. Check out the video for some interesting surprises.

Black Heart Brewery – February 2011 Video Update

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Here is a little video we put together to update people on the brewing and business of Black Heart Brewery. It explains our next 1 month to 2 years. It sums up a lot, and while it might be a bit technical for some, it is really informative. Check it out and head over to our Facebook page at You can also follow us on twitter at

Video 001 – Intro

This is the first video clip from ‘Down The Pie-rate Hole’; a quick introduction video to say what’s up, what’s going on, and what’s to come. I will be doing as many videos as possible starting soon; while I do not have a show format, I will try to keep things short and on topic. Instead of a 25 minute video of me covering 5 topics, I would rather come out with 5 well done episodes that run 5 minutes long. So check out the clip, and stop back soon. The next video I am working on is covering the Ithaca Brew Fest, an upcoming beer event in Ithaca, New York on Saturday September 4th. The brewery folk and I are heading out to sample some beers; we have VIP passes, and I plan on shooting as much footage as possible. If I think of anything to cover in between, I will post up a video. Otherwise, that is what is on deck.