When beer enters everyday life…

Anyone else have the problem that your beer world has infiltrated your non beer world?  We were doing some yard work recently and I was struck with an epiphany (for lack of a better word to tie it together). I had just cut some dead limbs from one of our trees.  While cutting them  apart…

Lilja’s Hop Nest Monster

I recently did a sampling of Lilja’s Hop Nest Monster from Pangaea Beers.  As always one of those beers I love to find, something new to my area.  The fun part… Pangaea hails to us from Wisconsin of all places.  Wisconsin has such a rich brewing history, its great to see new stuff coming out…

Busy Day

We spent the day today moving the “Brewery” from one part of the basement into a different part.  Essentially, I have now doubled the amount of space I originally had.  The best part, I now have the beginnings of my own pub.  Although it still seems overly crowded, it really is much bigger than this…

Brew Day Belgian Tripel

The day has come.  I will be brewing the Belgian Style Tripel in just a short bit.  I am currently doing some prep work before I start heating brewing liquor.  I will again be doing a multi rest infusion for this beer (I think this will be my main mash style for a while yet). …

And Now, the Trippel

This weekend I will be playing around with some stuff again.  I am set for a Belgian style trippel.  The fun part of this beer right now, I don’t have a recipe even written yet.  I have the idea of what I want it to be floating around in my head but nothing yet set…

Tomato, Tomahto

I thought today I might actually talk about a couple different beers but then in my normal preparation, I encountered something that sent me in a slightly different direction.  Let me begin by saying how I go about my beer reviews.  First and foremost, I don’t really follow a numbers system.  I also don’t usually…

First Impressions

Both Lavender Mash and Dirty Rotten Scoundrel (Vienna Lager) were transferred into secondary today. In the Lavender Mash the herb came out amazing. In fact, it is almost overpowering. It would seem that I gave it enough at the end of the boil to shine through even through the primary. This one finished out at…

Farmhouse Hatter

In honor of Hatter Day at New Holland Brewing, Central City Tap House put 4 of the iterations of Mad Hatter on tap.  I managed to score a small sample of the Farmhouse Hatter.  Mind you, this was a small sample so this won’t be a huge review of it.  The main thing I want…

Thinking Ahead

I am in that fun place I like to think of as the calm before the storm.  I don’t have any recent samplings to talk about right now.  And in the brewery everything is doing the fermentation thing.  But its all a ruse.  Once the weekend hits I have transfers to do.  Both the Dirty…

Trials and Tribulations

In the aftermath of Saturday’s brew session, I managed to get everything cleaned up yesterday afternoon.  I managed to realize a couple things during this time.  First and foremost I did end up with an efficiency I wasn’t all together happy with (60%, I was expecting closer to 75 or so). I was thinking that…