The session series continues

Tonight I brewed an ordinary bitter. It should finish out around 3 to 3.5% when all is said and done. I was planning on going with an ESB but when I took stock of the ingredients I have on hand I realized I could do the bitter with out having to pick up too much.…

Contests, Summer wheat, and other stuffs…

I dropped off 3 beers (Irish Rye, Magic 8 Ball Stout, and the Dopplebock) for the Michigan Beer Cup contest yesterday. One thing I will say about this contest, they did a fantastic job with the online registration. It really was amazing at how easy it was to register. Not only did they give style…

Use the force luke…

I have noticed a trend lately and I find it a little disconcerting. Not only do we have a division of elitist and beer lovers in everyday imbibers, but now with the growth of the cicerone program we find people who have a license for snobbery. For me, this is not necessarily an issue with…

Musings in the depths of a pint…

I have now gotten to about halfway through “Man Walks into a Pub”. The area I am currently in is roughly just past WWI. I have been reading about the temperance movement in England and how it shaped alcohol consumption and the places we enjoy it in. For that matter how it affected how beer…

New beer rules

I have been pouring through various beer blogs lately and ran into these rules on one blog, which led me to the originator, Stan Hieronymus’ site Appelation Beer. For those who might not know who he is (gah, it sounds like I’m name dropping), he is the author of a number of brewing books and…

Not sure where this post is going…

I have begun to see a few aspects of my computer life coming together (oddly, the Beatles “Come Together” is playing in the background). While I am doing blog work I like to have music playing in the background. Its the same when I brew as well. Music has always been part of my inspiration.…

Stout and other stuff…

I find myself quite happy with how the Irish stout turned out. Its almost like a cold cup of coffee (which would be much better than a cold glass of gravy with a hair in it, in my opinion). Let me see if I can come up with some tasting notes while I imbibe this…