All Grain Pale Ale Brew Day

I had a friend who was interested in the brewing process and asked if they could help out with a batch, so I dusted off my all grain equipment and brewed a simple pale ale. The brew day went well with only a few miscalculations, but in the end I think this batch will be a pretty decent beer. Continue reading

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Brewers Best Cream Ale Brew Day

In an effort to change my brewing ways and keep an inventory ready to be kegged, rather than brew after an empty keg, I bought the Brewers Best Cream Ale extract kit today. From a home brewing perspective, a batch of beer doesn't get any easier than this cream ale kit. Continue reading

Solera Brewing Project Brew Day

I finally got around to brewing a batch for the Solera Brewing Poject barrel marriage. I say barrel marriage, because I entered into that union with FBBCo years ago. Recently I haven't kept up my end of the contract, but I hope to be a better partner from here on out. You can read about the Solera Brewing Project following this link. Read below for more about my brew day. Continue reading

Large Mouth Carboy Where Have You Been?

Hello! It's been some time since I've posted here on my blog, but I figured it is never too late to get back in the saddle. I haven't stopped brewing, I've just been busy and this little blog took the hit. My hope is to be back much more than I have in the past three years and to share my home brewing adventures. On to my next post! Continue reading

DIY Homebrew Kegerator (Keezer) Build 

Please follow the link to my DIY kegerator/keezer build. It’s my second go around with own personal kegerator, having built other units for other brewing friends. I needed functionality and simplicity, no bells and whistles. I also have room to start lagering with the increased capacity. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reply in the comment section. 

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Isn’t It Great To Brew?…

After a longer than expected hiatus from homebrewing, I finally dusted off the old brew kettle and got down to work brewing an extract pale ale kit. I was honestly worried I would forget a step or ingredient, but the close to ten years of brewing prior to my drought didn’t let me down. The brew went extremely well and the yeast is now bathing in its sugary oasis we brewers call wort. If only I could be a brewers yeast for a day…

I went with a simple Brewers Best kit and didn’t modify a thing. Followed the directions and pitched some of my favorite dry yeast Safeale-05. I didn’t hit my water calculations on the dot, so I ended up with only four and a half gallons. This in turn increased my OG to 1.060, but whose counting? The thing about this brew I am most excited for is the use of Citra hops at the end. I’ve consumed some Citra hopped beers before, but never brewed with them, so I’m anticipating good things from this hop addition. The basement floor is a cool 62° F right now so I think this brew will ferment out rather nicely in the next few days. I’ll check on it in a week or so, but in the meantime I need to think about replacing my draft lines in the kegerator.

Late addition Citra Hops

Small 3 gallon boil


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Solera Brewing Update 2016

Oh where have the time and priorities gone?… February 13th marked my foray back into, something… anything related to homebrewing. I bottled my collaboration BRIS with FBBCo. and it was good to shake the rust off with these brewers. We ended up yielding four gallons of wonderful bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout from our ten gallon barrel. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit busy and I was beginning to wonder if there might be some awkward barrel marriage “we need to see a counselor” talk. True to form FBBCo. busted my chops about everything from my dogs behavior to my behavior, but not once did they mention “needing to talk…” 

The beer was yeast dropped just like the previous batches with a dry lager yeast and will take some time to carbonate. Preliminary tastes were enjoyed and due to the extended time in the barrel, this batch has a bit more bourbon character. Still a solid stout, with chewy mouthfeel and stick to your ribs appeal, I’ll be interested to see how this batch tastes next to previous batches. 

My hope is to get back in the saddle very soon on the actual brewing side, to get my hobby back up and running again after almost a year hiatus. 

  
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