Sake: Finished

I did it. I bottled the evil beast. I ended up with 9.5 champagne bottles of sake. Not my best haul but not too bad. As I write this I have a glass beside me and I am enjoying the fruits of my labor. The simple verdict, I like it. Now let’s get a bit…

Souring Bacteria

While reading up on souring bacteria I ran across an article from 2005, written by Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey Brewing.  You can find the article here, it is well worth your time to read it.  The title of the article is “A Perspective on Bacteria and Wild Yeast.” He mentions the different wild yeast…

Barrel Aging

It seems to come up more and more about barrel aged this and barrel aged that.  Barrel aging is the new IPA of late (That sounds horrible doesn’t it?).  Usually when you hear about barrel aged something it pertains to some over the top stout that a brewery thought needed something even more, so why…

Update: The Cysor

I don’t know yet who is more stubborn, me or the yeast.  So I checked it again recently hoping it would be ready for racking.  Upon popping the lid and there is a decent build up of fermentation smells going on.  But the gravity had dropped a whopping 10 points.  So on an off chance…

Back to Formula

So I was hoping to transfer the cysor to secondary earlier today.  The fermentation hadn’t been going like I would have expected but it was still giving signs of working.  Just in case I made it a point to do a gravity reading to see where the whole thing was.  Sadly, it appears that the…

Apple Cinnamon Cysor

I didn’t think that it would happen this year.  Usually every fall I grab some apple cider when its freshest and make my cider for the following year.  This yearly event is a time when I produce a pretty big cider (between 9 and 12%), and it usually takes close to a year for it…

Heather Agave Mead Bottled

The war is won.  There is quite a bit of brewing that makes the job worth it.  And then there is bottling.  If anything could turn someone off of home brewing, bottling can be it.  The work involved can be quite a bit of drudgery, although the rewards at the end are very worth the…