I brewed an Oatmeal Stout with a first time brewer – my cousin Luke, when he came to visit for an extended weekend. We did an all grain brew and he got to jump in on all the fun parts of brewing (mashing, boiling, sampling home-brews throughout the process) while avoiding the not so fun parts: cleaning equipment!
I received a free packet of Danstar’s Belle Saison yeast at the 2014 American Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan last year. It has been sitting in the refrigerator because I’ve never been a huge fan of saisons. That changed after I recently brewed a 3 gallon batch just to use the yeast packet.
To celebrate the end of summer, I brewed an Apricot Blonde Ale (Northern Brewer’s Dry Dock recipe). This was my first apricot beer, and I decided to do it when one of my buddies arrived for a brew day a few weeks back with a growler of it in tow. It was the right decision. […]
I decided it was time to stop pouring my draft beer out of picnic taps in my chest freezer, and to finally build a keezer. I timed the build (quite conveniently) when my dad came to visit me for the week. It was a good decision, because he had great ideas from building the collar, to putting it on wheels.
The Shenandoah Winter Welcome, based on Sierra Nevada’s seasonal Celebration IPA, turned out great. I kegged it a few nights ago and tasted the first pint tonight and it turned out excellent. I used UK pale malt as the base malt (for the first time), which added depth of color to the beer and a […]