Hop Press: Brewing peanut butter and jelly beer

Over on my Hop Press blog today, I’m talking about the process of brewing a “Peanut Butter and Jelly Beer”: based on one recently brewed by 10 Barrel that was supposed to taste just like the sandwich (and which I just missed, unfortunately). …thinking of ingredients that taste similar to … Continue reading

The Oregon homebrew law is officially fixed.

As reported by John Foyston and originally posted on the Oregon Home Brewers Alliance site, yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed SB 444 into law—making the recently-broken aspects of homebrewing (transportation, competitions, etc.) legal again! Quoting: Once again thanks goes out to everyone that works so hard on getting this … Continue reading

Oregon homebrew bill passes House, goes to Governor

It was just over three weeks ago that the Oregon homebrew bill (SB 444) passed the State Senate; and the good news from Salem yesterday is that it also unanimously passed in the House as well. That means being able to transport homebrewed beer and hold homebrew competitions is nearly … Continue reading

Oregon SB 444 (the homebrewing bill) passes the Senate

Great news coming out of Salem, today: SB 444 (fixing Oregon’s screwed-up homebrew laws) passed the Oregon Senate and is now going to the House. If and when it passes the House, it will then be legal for homebrewers to transport their beer out of their house again. I saw … Continue reading

Help Advance Homebrewing Legislation in Oregon

This email from the Brewers Association is hitting the inboxes of Oregon homebrewers, and it’s for a good cause: supporting Oregon Senate Bill 444 which seeks to amend the 30-year-old law regarding homebrewed beer which was reinterpreted last year. Many of you are likely aware that the Oregon Liquor Control … Continue reading

Pumpkin ale recipe (all-grain)

It’s been a few years since I published my original extract-based pumpkin ale recipe, and since I’ve recently started all-grain brewing, I decided to develop and publish an all-grain version of that recipe. (And as a proper test of it, I brewed this beer the weekend before last and it’s … Continue reading

Hop Press: Batch sparge grain bill calculator

Over on Hop Press today, I have an article that is pointing back to this site: I’ve developed an online (Javascript) version of the batch sparge calculations that John Palmer outlines in How to Brew. The actual calculator is here. Last week’s Hop Press article has a bit more backstory.

My first all-grain homebrew

Last weekend (on the 5th, actually), I brewed my first all-grain batch of homebrew, effectively taking my new mash tun setup on a test drive. Overall, I have to say it was fairly successful and ridiculously easy. I brewed a Porter, basing the recipe on a Black Butte Porter clone … Continue reading

The Session #41: Craft Beers Inspired by Homebrewing

This is the first Session where I didn’t have a post ready on the actual day of the Session (otherwise known as “Beer Blogging Friday”), which is a little disappointing (I was on a streak) but in the end I’m going with the words of Charlie Papazian: “Relax. Don’t worry. … Continue reading

The next Session (#41 in July)

The topic for the July Session has been posted, and is being hosted by the “virtual brewery,” Lug Wrench Brewing Company: Craft Beers Inspired by Homebrewing. How has homebrewing had an affect on the commercial beer we have all come to love?  Feel free to take the topic in any direction your … Continue reading