What is Craft?

A little while ago, I was having a conversation at the bar after work.  The conversation was revolving around how the beers from a certain brewery had changed as they had gotten bigger.  The point I was trying to make was that this growth was taking away from the quality of the product.  The point…

Software:QBrew

I ran across the Q-Brew software through a Facebook post by the Screwy Brewer.  So I installed the software and updates and started playing around with it.  I have tested it against a couple of recipes I have already brewed and it is pretty close in accuracy to what my results were.  A big thing…

View from a Porch

It was the middle of the afternoon yesterday and out of the blue my power went out.  It was a hot day and such so sure it could happen that maybe the old wiring in our house finally gave out.  I grabbed a flash light and headed downstairs to the circuit box to flip some…

Geneology

In my family, we have known for a long time that we were one of the founding families of Schenectady, New York (though at the time it was New Amsterdam).  You see, my mother’s family name ,Bradt, stems from the Bratts that traveled to America from Norway via Holland.  When we look at where we…

Hop Head Farms

We always think that we have so much to do, and we wonder how we will ever get it done.  When you see the amount of work that needs to be done on the hop farm you realize that you really don’t have quite as much to do as you once thought.  We spent a…

Bell’s Production Brewery Expansion

At the start of Craft beer week Bell’s Brewery officially opened their new expansion, culminating with a walk through open house during the weekend.  The new 200 barrel brew system will enable them to reach a capacity of 500,000 barrels per year.  This is pretty impressive, but it was when I read their brochure and…

World Expo of Beer

I am going to start this today with a couple of apologies.  First and foremost, I forgot my camera yesterday (ya it happens) so I did not get any pics of the WEB happenings.  And secondly, I also apologize for not gracing you all with my words of wit and wisdom (cause yes I am…

Interconnected

So I tried to be super cool and geeky and get a link for this, but it seems all the links I could find were nothing of what I was looking for.  So I will just make the reference without a link and you can all go out and find it for yourselves (but this…

Wild Brews

Well maybe not quite as wild… I have been considering adding some soured beers the line up, but have been putting off the purchase of all the additional equipment that will be needed to do it safely.  Well, that is until I had a spark of inspiration recently.  You see, I have had a 3…

Thoughts on style

In my normal round up of readings I ran across this piece from Jeff Alworth at Beervana.  Of course his post discusses the question of whether a beer is authentic or to style.  If you spend time around anyone who gets a bit geeky about beer you will find the style discussion to come up…