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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. [caption id="attachment_983" align="alignnone" width="640"] 100% Brett IPA, dry-hopped with mosaic hops[/caption]

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!

New Blog Contributor


I have added my good friend, fellow homebrewer and new dad as a contributing author to the blog. Welcome Matt, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on brewing and being a dad!

BrewingDad Updates!


I know it has been a long time, and I don't expect that anyone is actually following by blog...however, I have finally gotten around to updating by Brewing Log/Recipes page. Check it out for the basic info on all of the beers I have brewed. I will eventually get the individual detailed brewing logs linked to each recipe...but that might…

New Beer Gun!!!


Just making up a random first post for testing and chose to briefly document my purchase of a Blichmann Engineering Beer Gun for bottling beers off of a keg. This beer gun has made bottling a dream, and taken a lot of the uncertainty out of the priming sugar and bottle bomb process. Thought I mostly still serve from the…