Category Archives: Homebrewing

Gluten-free homebrewing

A friend asked recently if I could brew a gluten-free beer for her sometime: a porter since she likes dark beers. Naturally this got me to thinking about various gluten-free (GF) brewing options for homebrewers, and I thought it might be useful to record some of my (initial) thoughts. Commercially, most gluten-free beers I’ve seen use sorghum as the base: sorghum is not only gluten-free but it is the fifth most important cereal grain in … Continue reading →

Homebrewing pumpkin tips

Via my Google News alerts, I found this article that offers tips for homebrewing with pumpkin. Nothing too earth-shaking, but I thought it was interesting and there are a couple of points of note: The author recommends “small cheese pumpkins” as the best variety to use: a variety also called “Long Island cheese pumpkin” that is of the same family as the butternut squash. (I’ve seen another source recommending butternut squash as a better source … Continue reading →

Hop Press: Crafting a fresh hop ale

Over on my Hop Press blog today I’ve posted about my latest homebrewing undertaking: brewing up my first-ever fresh hop beer. Part of the challenge, of course, is figuring out exactly how much of the hops to use when they’re still wet (as opposed to the known quantities for dried hops in recipe formulation). So I’ve got some numbers and back-of-the-envelope calculations posted to help figure this out. Incidentally, I brewed the beer on Monday … Continue reading →

Pumpkin beer recipe time again

It’s that time of year when people are starting to think about brewing pumpkin beers, and for the past month six of the top 10 search results to this site are for variations of “pumpkin ale recipe” (for which I am still is the #1 result on Google for that search apparently). So it’s a good time to again point to my own recipes for pumpkin ale, both an extract version and an all-grain version—and … Continue reading →

Central Oregon Homebrewers Spring Fling

The Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization‘s annual Spring Fling homebrewing competition is coming up in a few weeks, on Saturday, June 4th. It’s the only official BJCP-sanctioned competition in Central Oregon, and COHO does a good job putting this on. The usual competition rules apply: two unlabeled bottles and $6 per entry, brewed according to BJCP guidelines, you need to fill out the official forms, etc. But COHO has organized a really great Best of Show … Continue reading →