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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…

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…

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…

No Go Coffee Porter


Well guys, I kegged my Coffee Porter today and I’m afraid to say that this batch may be a dumper. There was quite a bit of astringency from the coffee extraction. I even tried adding cold brew and flavorings to balance the astringent flavors, thinking I could add those to the keg to balance it out. However, I don’t think that…

Dry-hopped 100% Brett IPA


Today I moved my 100% Brett Apricot IPA into tertiary fermentation, for a mosaic dry hop! Deep golden color, clear. Sweet malty nose, light sourness, slightly funky with subtle apricot fruit flavor. I hope to balance it out a bit with the fruity Mosaic hop.

New beers on tap…


I have tapped and tasted the latest offerings from King Brewing Co… Sour Apricot Saison Orval Clone Let me know if you want to come by for a taste… and more importantly to hang out with the newest member (and future brewer) in the family!