Beer Quest: Experiment Ale A

Tomorrow I will be brewing the first of two beers that are testers for Hop Head Farms.  The beer itself is pretty straight forward, I am not shooting for any ground breaking maneuvers.  Both beers will be exactly the same.  Well, except for a minor detail.  The way the hops were pelletized is the matter…

Bell’s Homebrew Competition

As it turns out, I will be entering into one contest this year after all.  This past Saturday marked the start of the 3rd year of the Bell’s Homebrew Challenge.  They work this contest a bit differently than most other contests.  First, there is no entrance fee (crazy, right).  Then it gets even better.  They actually…

Transfer: Green Tea Wheat

The wheat is now resting comfortably in its new lagering home (at least for the next week or so).  As a break away from a traditional cloudy wheat I am hoping this one will be a bit more crystal clear like a krystalweis.  At this point it is sitting at 5% alcohol and I don’t…

Green Tea Wheat (Kolsch)

Here we go, this should be a strange one.  The wheat is under way, and going like clockwork.  I don’t have as much green tea as I thought, but this works for starting light anyway.  We could say I planned it like this, ya know, using a lighter touch to see how it turns out. …

Transferred: Heather Agave Mead

It was time but I also had to do the transfer today.  Tomorrow I will be brewing a Kolsched wheat, though I am not certain if I will be doing anything else to it as yet.  Let’s get into the first thoughts and then we can step into other business. The mead is finishing out…

Brew day: Heather Agave Mead

The yeast has been pitched and equipment is cleaned and drying.  I dare say that this brew day has come to a close.  The Heather Agave Mead is now out of my hands and subject to the whims of the yeast.  Initial tasting is strong with honey notes (but from what I have seen agave…

Yeast starter (Heather Agave Mead)

I follow a similar pattern for my yeast starters (whether from tube or repitch from a previous brew).  Usually when I am making a deviation is when I am making a starter for something big or for a lager.  It is important to increase the cell count for each of these.  My standard starter begins…

Its all gone sour

So, today was the day.  I transferred the Tequila Blonde and added some bugs, White Labs WLP 655 Belgian Sour Mix 1 to be exact.  The whole process was a bit more heated than what my would pass for my usual transfer day. For starters I had forgotten to pick up a new spigot for…

Transfer: Tequila Blonde

This is more of just a quick update to say ya, the Tequila Blonde has been transferred to secondary.  But at the same time it is to go on record to confirm a suspicion or two.  First things first, I of course always make a tasting sample of the beer pulled for gravity checks.  So far, its pretty…

Brew Day: Tequila Blonde

This was an interesting brew day.  After fighting with the past couple of days of running into so many different roadblocks to getting the brew going, I finally say that no matter what I will be brewing today.  Sure enough, I run into a major road block.  The brew pot is on the burner ready…