Monthly Archives: February 2006

Pumpkin’s in the bottle

I bottled up my batch of pumpkin ale this weekend, I should be able to try one in a few weeks. I ended up with 44 bottles (43.5, more accurately). Not bad. Astute readers will recall that I measured an abnormally high original gravity for this beer—1.080. The final gravity measured out at 1.018, so that means—if my readings were accurate, which I have trouble believing (at least for the original gravity)—that the percentage of … Continue reading →

Vitamin beer

Stampede Brewing Company down in Texas has released a beer that is enhanced with vitamins. (Seems like a perfect spot to insert a "vitamin B" joke here.) The Brookston Beer Blog wastes no time in debunking it: It seems to play on the perception that most people hold, which is that beer is unhealthful. While it may be that the product churned out by the big breweries — which is loaded with many of the … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Best of the cheap beers?

At the risk of using an inflammatory headline, "cheap beers" seemed easier to convey than what I really mean: American macrobrewed light lagers. Yes, the Millers, the Buds, the Coors… if you have to drink them (say you find yourself at a party with only the cheap stuff), which one(s) should you choose? I thought this would be an amusing topic to write about for my first "Beer Hacker" column, though I kind of wish … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker

No, "The Beer Hacker" doesn’t refer to a new blog or site (that I know of), but rather the name of a new "column" I’ll be writing here semi-regularly (once a week or so). They will be longer articles covering all sorts of beer-related topics, with (I’m thinking) the underlying theme of getting the most out of beer in various ways (homebrewing, relating to the internet, etc.). Why am I doing this? I think it’ll … Continue reading →

Snowplow Milk Stout

I finally got around to drinking Widmer‘s Snowplow Milk Stout and taking notes so I could write up a real review. It’s a good example of the sweet stout style of beer, though the "milk" part of it comes from milk sugar (lactose). Lactose is actually unfermentable; instead it adds body and sweetness to the beer. I quite like it. Of course, I’m hard-pressed to find any beer from Widmer that I don’t like, but … Continue reading →