Cereal Mashing

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:52:57 AM America/Denver

The holidays are over, the sun is staying out a little longer each day, and it’s still bitterly cold out…..must be January! I haven’t put out a post in a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been brewing. Currently the Eisbock is cold conditioning and I’ll be freeze distilling it in just a few weeks. First, my buddy and I are going to practice freeze distilling on his Apple Wine. I’ll have the full write up in about a month.

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Brewing Fundamentals: Part 2 (Bottling/Kegging Day)

Friday, December 21, 2012 12:01:26 PM America/Denver

The fermentation is done and now it is time to bottle the fruits of your labor.  This is no time to cut corners, unless you plan to skipping bottling and going straight to a keg.   But just like the brew day you will need to be clean and sanitary with everything that will come in contact with your beer.  It is not a good feeling to do everything right on your brew day.  Wait few weeks for fermentation and then skip a few key processes in bottling and end up with a flat or off flavor beer.  So be patient make your check list and check it twice as you prepare to bottle your beer.  The equipment you will need is as follows. (Measuring cup, Small pot, Bottling bucket, Racking cane or Auto Siphon, Bottle filler, Capper, 50+ 12oz bottles, 50+ Bottle caps, Corn sugar.)

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Fundamentals of Brewing Part 1: Brew Day

Monday, November 19, 2012 1:09:36 PM America/Denver

Brewing is a simple process that anyone can learn. My intent of this blog is not to be an in depth lesson on how to brew, but rather a 10 step quick reference guide to help you prepare for your brew day. If you are not familiar with the brew processes and why you do each step a certain way I suggest you do some research and seek advice from experienced brewers before starting your first batch.

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Winter Lager Brewing

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 9:58:20 AM America/Denver

Where did the summer go? It sure got cold out pretty quickly (and this is great for home brewers). If you have read much of my previous posts you know I stress the importance of fermentation temp control.  In the heat of the summer months it is often difficult to keep the wort cool enough, but in the winter it’s much easier to keep it warm. The other reason I love the cooler months? Garage lagers.

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The Spice Must Flow

Friday, September 28, 2012 9:29:20 AM America/Denver

For the past few months I’ve been reading the original Dune series, by Frank Herbert. In the Dune universe everything is centered around the “spice”. It extends life, allows interstellar space travel, and is described as having a strong cinnamon flavor and aroma. Throughout the books, characters are constantly drinking spice coffee, spice beer, or eating spice laced food. I’m a huge geek so it was no surprise to anyone who knows me that I changed up my usual coffee, a light roasted breakfast blend, for a cinnamon flavored blend.

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A Barrel Full of Fun

Thursday, September 6, 2012 2:58:19 PM America/Denver

My American Stout has finished primary fermentation and I’m getting ready to add it to the barrel that I just got. In preparation for this let’s discuss how to use and maintain a barrel.

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SMASH Beers!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:11:24 AM America/Denver

My American Stout is still bubbling away and I’m getting ready to add in a variety of oak chip as well as brew the second batch for the Oak barrel that should be here any day now.  Since I’m going to need another week or two to get the stout ready for tasting let’s take a bit of step to the side and do something fun. SMASH beers! No, no, I don’t mean bottle busting or anything destructive, I mean Single Malt and Single Hop brews. It’s a great way to really taste the difference a hop or grain can make in your beer. A brewing buddy of mine, Aaron, came up with this recipe. It’s nearly identical to the recipe I usually use for SMASH beers. He called his a “Session IPA”. He brewed it as a SMASH beer with Zythos hops and it was darn tasty!

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Adding Oak

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:53:49 AM America/Denver

Over the weekend I brewed the American Stout I posted about previously.  It’s currently bubbling away in a happy primary ferment. Once it slows down I'll be racking the 5.5 gallons and splitting it between three little secondary fermenters. This will allow me to oak with three different toast levels of chips and I’ll be brewing this recipe again next weekend so that I can fill my barrel. There will be tasting notes in a few weeks once everything has had a chance to oak age a little.

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