Southern Tier Pumking

I made a pilgramage up to Siciliano’s today to drop off a couple beers for the contest Son of Brewzilla (out of Cincinatti (gah did I even spell that right?)). While there I did a little touch of shopping. This time of year is one of the rare times where I make a special point…

Ren Fair results…

We made the pilgramage to the Michigan Ren Fair today to attend the awards ceremony for their brew contest. Aside from making a couple wrong turns on the great Michigan highway system, we made it all the way to Holly fairly unscathed. Thankfully, the day was quite nice; not a single drop of rain all…

Looking into the future…

I feel like I have finally hit the cross road I have felt coming on for quite some time now. At the time of this writing I have the Murphy’s wheat waiting to be transferred and am thinking ahead to the tequila wheat I originally planned to brew. But really, how do you describe your…

Repairs…

I spent a good portion of my time last night doing maintenence on the mash tun. Or course after Monday’s fiasco it would seem that it was well needed. A good portion of the time was spent going back and forth to Lowes to pick up parts (2 trips in total). But in the end…

I fought the sparge and the sparge won…

I have never really experienced a stuck sparge before, well until tonight that is. It wasn’t really a stuck sparge though, it was down right broken. The one thing I like about the design of my mash tun is that the piping does cover a good amount of the bottom of the cooler. I also…

Bitters…

I put the single hop bitters on tap recently. Here are some of my initial observations (first in general then more specifically). First off, based on my reaction to this beer I like the idea of using a single hop within the beer itself. I have felt for some time that flavor characteristics from the…