2012 Slurp and Burp Open

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I have been brewing for a few years. Of course, if you read this blog, you probably already knew that. A large percentage of the posts revolve around brewing. A few weeks back, I submitted two beers to the Slurp and Burp Open – the largest home brew competition in the pacific northwest. My hope […]

Loop de loop - Imperial British Pale Ale Loop de loop – Imperial British Pale Ale

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

I was not expecting to brew this weekend… Then Jamie started talking about the yeast he purchased to brew 24 gallons of “Snowfall Pale Ale” (his house beer). We quickly realized that he would need at least 1 Trillion yeast cells – he only had 2 vials of WLP005 (200 Billion total). He also wouldn’t […]

Wil Wheat (beer) Wil Wheat (beer)

Friday, January 20th, 2012

As a child of the 80’s, I grew up watching Wil Wheaton on TV (Star Trek, Stand by Me). When I recently found out that he is also a home brewer – well, I knew that a beer needed to made in his honor. Yesterday, I noticed that FH Steinbarts (my LHBS) is going to […]

22oz Labels 22oz Labels

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Decided to make some labels for all the different beers. Something simple. Something bold. Typeface is Red October Patterns are by Vonster They are meant to be printed at 300 dpi (apx. 4″x5.5″)

Ebenezer IPA Ebenezer IPA

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Time for another IPA. I love the Ranger(ish) clone that we brewed last time. It is simple to brew and delicious. However, I remember thinking that it could use some more Pine/Citrus hop flavor. Lucky for me, I have a glut of Chinook right now. So, the following recipe is based on the Ranger with […]

Hop Experimentation - An Idea Hop Experimentation – An Idea

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

How any IBU’s is too many? Most craft beers now list the IBU (International Bittering Units) on the side of their bottles. I like hopped up beers – but, really couldn’t tell you my hop preference in an number form. You see, it all depends on the style of beer – some beers seemed too […]

Schwarzbier - Wet T-Schwarz Schwarzbier – Wet T-Schwarz

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I have been brewing for several years and feel pretty confident with most ale recipes. However, this will be the first lager attempt. It’s not that I don’t like lagers – rather, I have avoided them in the past due to the fermentation temperatures. My home stays between 60-70°F, which is optimal for ales. Lagers […]

Black Frost (An Epic CDA): Re-brew Black Frost (An Epic CDA): Re-brew

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

We’re trying to catch up after not brewing for almost a year! The first time I made this, the recipe was a complete experiment – but it turned out so well that a re-brew was in order. Grain This is for 12gal 24# 2row 3# Caramel 60 .5# Chocolate .5# Black Patent .5# Roast Barley […]

Scottish 60/70 shilling (small beer) Scottish 60/70 shilling (small beer)

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Having already brewed 24 gallons: of stout and strong scotch – we decided to use all the grain to make a small beer. Sparging more hot water over the grain yielded 12 gallons of wort with a potential for a 2% beer. We raised the gravity to 1.032 with 2 extra pounds of sugar. This […]

Gebbeth Strong Scotch Gebbeth Strong Scotch

Monday, October 17th, 2011

This is a “retooling” of the Gibbous recipe which everyone was calling Gebbeth, anyway…  The most radical change was to decrease the percentage of dark malts. The new recipe conforms with the BJCP style for a strong scotch ale. In Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel, a Gebbeth is: “a person who has been consumed and […]