Spontaneous Fermentation Experiments

I don’t know who might be old enough to remember this place but we were hit by a bit of nostalgia recently.  It was over 20 years ago when my wife and I were dating (this November will be our 20th anniversary).  One of the places we liked to go out to eat at was…

A Rose by any other Name…

I am feeling a little bit like Andy Rooney right now.  I very much want to go into a long winded (like I would do anything less) rant about the inanity of celebrity lines of beer.  What’s more, the beers in question are tied to musical groups or singers.  You can’t really say that it…

Thought Process

For the past few days I have been going on about different levels of designing beers, but not really going into depth about actually designing a beer.  Personally, I am all about the story.  I look at a formula for a beer as I do a recipe for food.  I don’t buy cook books that…

The Process

What goes through your mind when you get ready for brew day?  What is it you are thinking about when you are gathering ingredients?  At first there is not much thought to it.  You pick up a Better Beer kit and start heating some water.  No big deal really, or maybe it is… For some…

Building our Recipes

There are a few stages that we all go through as we learn the art and craft of brewing.  When you look at other endeavors you will see similar patterns.  With brewing the most basic and easily learned method of brewing is the kit method.  You know what you want to make and you rely…

Mistakes

I was looking through my book shelf earlier today and ran across Extreme Brewing by Sam Calagione.  I bought it a while ago when I was first learning to brew.  This is not a book review so I won’t be going to far into the book but I will say this for it, if you…

Contests: ABC Brews Crews 2012

Saturday the 9th of June was the 6th annual Arbor Brewing Company home brew competition.  I spent the day helping out as a steward.  This was the first contest I have been able to view from this side of it and I will say it was an interesting experience.  I did most of my work…

Monkey Wrench

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it can be the simplest thing that disrupts your day and throws it all out of whack.  Lately I have felt off, my stride was hitting a road block and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what or why it was happening.  I am sure that…

Kegged: Belgian Golden Pine

I kegged the Belgian Golden Pine (I kinda dig the name of the first spruce beer) earlier tonight.  Check out the recipe and brew day here.  The first pour came out pretty good.  Strong Belgian yeast notes, malty back bone and a spice that lies in the background.  Something I think I will probably change in…

Beer Mixology

A few months ago we decided to give up soda (or pop for those of you in Michigan).  After a while you can really get tired of drinking nothing but water, juice, or tea as cold refreshment (especially when you can’t always drink beer or wine).  The odd thing is though, when you drink soda…