Tasting early homebrew efforts

Last night I opened up three very old bottles of my homebrew that I had squirreled away. Truth be told, I didn’t really expect them to be drinkable but I was very curious as to their condition, and it was an educational opportunity as well. All of these beers date … Continue reading

Recipe: Harvest Apple Ale

Actually I’m leaning towards calling this beer “Hood River Harvest” because all of the apples came from Hood River; we went apple picking in September and came back with a ton of both apples and pears. Looking for more uses for the apples (we canned a lot of applesauce) I … Continue reading

Recipe: Ginger Wheat Ale

This is the recipe for the latest beer I’ve brewed, a light summertime-style wheat ale with candied ginger. It was a bit spontaneous as my goal was originally to brew Randy Mosher’s “Summer Ale, What-If Version” from Radical Brewing (though the recipe first appeared online here), but the Brew Shop … Continue reading

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: Costs by style

This is the second part in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. In the last (introductory) article, I set out baseline prices for ingredients and established a base price for an American Pale Ale. In this article let’s expand on that … Continue reading

The Beer HackerThe Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap

This is the first part in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. This first article is an introduction and sets up our assumptions and base numbers to work with; later articles are going to look at the relative costs of brewing … Continue reading

Recipe: Cream Ale

Here’s a recipe for an “Old School Cream Ale”, with a little something extra: toasted oats and a dash of salt. Both were ideas I got from Randy Mosher’s Radical Brewing, which is a superb homebrewing book and one that you must have on your bookshelf if you brew beer. … Continue reading

Recipe: San Diego Pale Ale (by way of Bend)

Time for another recipe. This one doesn’t actually have a name yet, but I brewed in the style of an Imperial IPA—also informally known as a San Diego Pale Ale—for my brother, who lives in San Diego and whom we’re visiting later this month. (And taking most of it with … Continue reading

Recipe: Coconut Cream Stout

Back in April I brewed up a coconut cream stout after being inspired both by the version periodically offered by Bend Brewing Company, and our spring break trip to Baker City. It’s drinkable now, and I’ve had a bit and shared a bit, and I have to say, I was … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: Homebrew!

Tonight I opened up a bottle of the Belgian-ish homebrew I made back in March (which I bottled almost two weeks ago). I’ve taken to calling this a “Belgian-style amber ale” though if you recall, I didn’t follow any particular guidelines beyond what ingredients struck my fancy as I browsed … Continue reading

Blog updates and homebrewing

The blog is mostly upgraded now, and though there are still theme issues to work out and plugins to play with, overall the WordPress install is running good enough for government work, as they say. Good enough to resume regular blogging while I tweak with things, anyway. Even found some … Continue reading