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 […]

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 […]

Ranger (ish) IPA Ranger (ish) IPA

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is the third batch (in 3 weeks) to be dumped on the same yeast. First we had the Cream Ale, then an Evil Red. Ranger Recipe This awesome IPA is one of the few New Belgium beers that I really like. It is crisp and clean and very hoppy. Here is the original recipe. […]

Evil Twin (ish) Red Evil Twin (ish) Red

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Last week, we brewed up the Cream Ale and used a some yeast culture (WLP 001)  that had been sitting in my fridge for over a year. Regardless of the age, fermentation started out strong and smelled clean. So to reward these awesome yeasties, I decided to dump on another batch of beer once the […]

Pondering the Gluten Free Pondering the Gluten Free

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Oat Heaven GF Stout (aka ‘The Glütard’) Inspired by ryanbrews.blogspot.com 10# Oat malt (1.5 – 2 L) 1.5# Oat malt wet roasted to match Crystal 120 (120 L) 1.5# Oat malt dry roasted to match Chocolate Malt (350 L) 0.2# Oat malt dry roasted to match Roasted Barley (500-600 L) 1.5# Flaked Oats (perhaps more?) […]

Hops Planting Hops Planting

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

You might have noticed that we like to brew up some beer from time to time. One of the more expensive ingredients for home brew is hops (Humulus lupulus). It is added for the bitter and aroma qualities that help to offset the malty/sweet flavors that form during the brewing process. Without it, beer would […]