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If you’re going to cook, you have to know the basics. Cooking with beer is no different. For that reason, I wanted to share with you the most basic beer related recipe there is: beer and bratwursts.  (more…)

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One of my favorite hobbies, besides beer, is cooking. I’ve always been a decent cook but have never had any formal training. Occasionally I like to whip up my own recipes and that’s what I have for you today. This was stolen partially from a TV program and I believe the recipe came from Rock Bottom in Denver, but I can’t be sure. Anyways, here it is, Brown Ale Chicken.  (more…)

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The time has come to clean out the mess known as the den closet.  This is where the wife and I tossed various things that had specific place when we first moved in 3 years ago.  Little has changed since then, but we have new bookcases so that means we have a place for books and such.  OK, so the bookcases are about a year old, but this is beside the point, it was time to dive in the closet and see what I could find.  (more…)

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Chimney Sweep Scotch

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…)

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As homebrewers, we all have our favorite recipes. Some have fond memories associated with them, some are adventurous successes that pushed our limits of creativity, and some are just plain excellent beers. Well, my pale ale, Rats in the Attic, is my favorite recipe. (more…)

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Fortified Beer?

I’m not necessarily a wine hater, I just don’t get it. I mean, I had a wine tasting phase where I at least learned what kind of wine I liked, but never went beyond that. One thing I do like is port. So while thinking about port I got the idea, why not beer? (more…)

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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.
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