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Are your hops ready to pick? Take a closer look Are your hops ready to pick? Take a closer look

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Unlike tomatoes, peppers and other crops, it can be really difficult to tell if they are ready to pick. Commercial growers often target a percentage of dry matter. This means taking samples, drying them and comparing the weights before and after. Optimal picking is when the wet hops are 4 to 5 times heavier then the dry matter. This […]

Jasmine mead Jasmine mead

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Recipe Specifics Style: 26A Metheglin (spiced mead) Batch Size (Gal): 6.00 (for 5 bottled) Anticipated OG: 1.050 Anticipated ABV: 5.5% Anticipated SRM: 2 (very light) Anticipated IBU: 0 (no hops) Honey I didn’t track the amount of honey added. Rather, I used the “scrap” honey + 6 gallons of eater and then added a few […]

Oatmeal, Buckwheat Stout Oatmeal, Buckwheat Stout

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Running low on stout … again. This recipe is based on the 16-ton stout, but scaled back for simplicity. There will only be 3 grain sources: barely, oats, and buckwheat. We need to think of a better name. Recipe Specifics Style: 13-C Oatmeal Stout Batch Size (Gal): 12.00 (for 10 bottled) Anticipated OG: 1.055 Anticipated […]

Another Another Cream Ale

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Used the exact same recipe as last time… Another Another Cream Ale Create your own recipe with All Grain Beer ABV: 4.48% IBU: 11.2 SRM: 3.9 OG: 1.045, FG: 1.011 Batch size: 12 gal Brewhouse efficiency: 77% Boil time: 60 min Grain 16 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (36 ppg, 2 srm) 1 lbs […]

Fishing for bees Fishing for bees

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Last year, I helped my friends build a bee hive for there yard. However, when spring came, they missed the window to purchase a nuc/package. Instead, we decided to build a few super-simple swarm traps. These traps are literally a paper pot screwed to a piece of old plywood. All, but one of the holes […]

Soil blocks Soil blocks

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Each year I start seeds in soil blocks for the spring planting. The blocks are fun, easy to make and have many advantages over using trays and pots. Here is my basic recipe. It will create 250-300 medium blocks. 1 bucket coir (5 gallons, fluffed) 1/2 bucket potting soil 1/2 bucket vermicompost 1/2 bucket perlite […]

Hop Breeding (2014) Hop Breeding (2014)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

This is a continuation of the hop breeding experiments that I first wrote about in 2013. If you are wondering why someone would bother growing hops from seed – go check out that post. Hop pollen Last year, I was fortunate to start a few plants from native neomexicanus seed obtained from plants growing wild […]

Scarlet fever Scarlet Fever (Beer)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Let’s try something a little wild! This is based on Supplication by Russian River, but with significant alterations: Skip the carafa to keep the color light Use tart cherry concentrate. Easier to get and will turn it bright red! Use lacto from Nancy’s yogurt for a full sour without the bret funk! Plus the Nancy’s […]

16 Ton Stout 2.0 16 Ton Stout 2.0

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

We need a stout. Rather than another Shakespeare clone, we decide to go way, way back and give the 16-ton another shot. At one point, I was planning to brew a massive 16% ABV imperial, but seeing as we still have bottles from the last imperial… let’s dial it back a bit. Recipe Specifics Style: […]

Spruce Gueuze Spruce Gueuze

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

One of my very favorite items ever brewed was the Spruce Tip ale that accidentally went sour. We’re going to try and recreate it, but also go a step further: by replacing 30% of the barley with wheat, we’ll have a better foundation for a lambic. If we then save it to mix with future […]