The saga continues. I gave you the recipe, talked about the brew, even let you know when I transfered. Now, Rats in the Attic is out of the closet and into the bottle, which is being kept in the same closet. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘homebrew’
Opened my last scotch ale today. I bottled it during a time in my life when I didn’t feel like labeling the beers I’d brewed, so it was a surprise. I brewed it January, 2007. I tried adding a little peat-smoked malt to the malt bill. It caused me a lot of distress. When I tried the finished wart, it tasted like liquid smoke – that stuff you put in barbeque marinades. I almost just dumped out the entire beer, but I didn’t. When I bottled it a month later, it was still smokey, and I didn’t think it would ever be any good… but by the end of the ski season, I started really enjoying the things. In my notes (which I try to keep on each beer) I first wrote that I should use 1/8 lb of peat smoked malt, instead of the 1/2 lb that I used, but as time passed, I’ve come up to a new hypothesis. 1/2 pound of peat smoked malt (for a 5 gallon batch) is perfectly reasonable… but you better be willing to wait for a long time before you drink it. So here’s my recipe: (more…)
Sometimes we take our freedoms for granted. As a homebrewer and fan of craft beer, I rarely appreciate going to the homebrew shop and getting my goods to brew a batch. it’s not bad, just not always fun. One thing I do really enjoy is walking the aisles of Bottle Barn or BevMo, looking at all the new beers that are just waiting for me to drink them. Well, in certain states, these activities are illegal. Not only are they illegal, but people are actively fighting against the rights of beer drinkers like me, and you, to drink the beer that they want, and brew beer for themselves. (more…)
So a few months ago, when this whole thing started, I shared a recipe and my thoughts on the results of my homebrew named Wonderful Welcome Wheat Porter. Now, 4 months later, I am noticing the supplies are running out. So here are my thoughts on the brew as the last of it finds its way into my pint glass. (more…)
It’s a special kind of event that produces such memorable quotes. The KLCC Microbrew Festival is one such event. It’s not the biggest, and I’m sure many would say it’s not the best festival, but this festival is loaded with character. Keep reading for more information on times, available beers and of course the homebrewing competition. (more…)
Lately, I’ve come across two beers that fit into the category of Half-Belgian beers. The timing is mostly coincidental, but last weekend I bottled a strong ale that I’ve been brewing every autumn for three years now. I lovingly named this years’ version “Yee Olde Halfe Belgian”. And what surprises me most about my beer is that in my brewing, I have iterated to a hop bill that matches the pros’ surprisingly well.
Sorry I have been away in Paris (more on that later) but I am back and lets get to an old Oregon tradition of brewing Christmas beer. Because nothing makes me want to drink 4-8 quality homebrews, than spending the day with my family during Christmas. This year I went with two beers, a spruce porter and a honey ginger orange IPA. Here are the recipes and I will let you know how they turn out. All recipes are for 5 gallons. (more…)
Welcome everyone! What better way to start off a blog about craft brewing and homebrewing than to share a recipe I tried a couple months back. The recipe is for a Wheat Porter and is based on Dick’s Elixir Wheat Porter from Radical Brewing(a book I strongly recommend for any homebrewer). The book provided an all-grain recipe, but since I have an extract setup, I created my own recipe using the Dick’s Elixir as a guide.