Author Archives : Jared

Next Up: Märzen/Oktoberfest Lager


I’ve been on a lager kick lately, with a vienna lager recently under my belt and a pilsner almost complete with primary fermentation. I’m thinking ahead a bit more to fall and thought it would be a great time to do a traditional lager for a Märzen/Oktoberfest lager. With plenty of room in the chest freezer, I feel comfortable making…

Summer/Fall 2018 Updates


This fall, I will be beginning the Applied Craft Brewing certificate program this fall at Regis University. This one-year program will help me to develop my knowledge of brewing science and techniques and give me a firm foundation for beginning a new career in brewing. Along the professional lines, I have recently had several interviews for a brewing position in…

2018 Brew Ideas


Today I was thinking a bit about what I want to brew for 2018. Call it a New Year’s resolution, call it a working plan, or just a sketch of what I think I will try to tackle this year. The beers are in no particular order, and what I brew and when will likely be the result of the…

Ahh…the controversy…


This morning, when I was eating breakfast, I stumbled upon an interesting article from Relevant Magazine, titled: It’s Time for Christians to Start Taking Climate Change Seriously; It’s a pro-life issue. The tag on the Facebook post said, “What it means to be fully pro-life.” I quickly read through the article, which I thought was reasoned and fairly well put together. Then, I…

Hoppy Berliner Weiss


Here’s a shot of my latest offering… a “hoppy” Berliner Weiss. Though not hoppy by most standards, this is definitely out of style. This beer was only dry-hopped, as to not limit the lactobacillus souring. Probably too hoppy and not tart enough for the BJCP, but it’s just fine by me! Here are my initial impressions of the beer… First…

Bottle Share and Dreg Capture


Hey there fellow beer lovers. I am organizing a sour beer bottle share, with the intent of collecting bottle dregs to then use in a sour beer that I will brew. Here’s how it works: Gather up your favorite sour beers that contain dregs. Check if the bottles contain harvestable dregs (sacc, brett, & bacteria). See the Mad Fermentationist website for…

Resolution Progress Update #1


So, like any New Year’s resolutions, I am off to a strong start to the year. Here is my latest updates… Read the C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy I have asked several friends and found several copies of the trilogy that people were willing to loan me. I am going to borrow them form one of Miranda’s co-workers, so I have…

New Year’s Resolutions 2017


I decided to make a few New Year’s Resolutions this year, something I do very rarely. I think it will be good to get a few things I want to do down and on track for the new year. I’m not sure if I will make it through them all, or if I will squeeze my way out of them…

Brett Lager Exbeeriment


So the scientist in me is getting going and wanting to do something a bit out of the ordinary. With my foray into mix fermentations lately, I have ended up with some interesting flavors and combinations. And clearly, I am not too worried about calling it when it doesn’t work out (see coffee Porter attempt). For this next beer, I…

Upcoming Brewery Enhancements


Today I was thinking a bit about some upcoming project/upgrades I wanted to add to the brewhouse. These are pretty minor upgrades and improvements to keep things working better pre-, post-, and during fermentation. Here’s a list of the things that I want to get done soon… Build Garden Sprayer attachement for draft line cleaner. Setup a Carboy Thermowell to use with…