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

Homebrewing in Washington

Here’s an interesting story I plucked from the OPB News feed: [In Washington state] Home beer makers have to consume what they brew on their own property. Taking home brew across the street to share with neighbors is illegal under current state law. The tiny exception is one gallon may … Continue reading

Fermentation Friday: Homebrewing Horror Stories

This month’s Fermentation Friday (a group blogging meme that revolves around homebrewing) is hosted by Rob at Pfiff! and is appropriately Halloween-themed: Homebrewing horror stories. It’s time for y’all to whip out your best homebrewing horror stories. Extra points for tales of woe told in true campfire fashion, and head … Continue reading

Another pumpkin ale recipe (Pumpkin Spice Ale)

Interestingly, my recipe for pumpkin ale from way back in 2004 is the number one result on Google for the search “pumpkin ale recipe”—this time of year I always see the search numbers spike (for good reason). I’ve bragged about this before (yes, I do that from time to time) … Continue reading

Fermentation Friday: Indigenous ingredients

It’s Fermentation Friday today—a homebrewing-themed group blogging effort that takes place on the last Friday of the month. Somehow I missed the announcement and lost track of the days and nearly missed participating. This month’s topic is brought to us by the FinalGravity blog: What indigenous brewing ingredient have you … Continue reading

Fermentation Friday: The best beer

Today (after a late start for me) is Fermentation Friday, a group blogging effort for which beer bloggers write on a given homebrewing topic. This month’s topic comes from The Panhandle Beer Snob and Redneck Brewery: What, in the opinion of others, is the best beer you have ever made … Continue reading

Fermentation Friday: The craziest thing ever brewed with

The final Friday of the month has been designated as "Fermentation Friday" for homebrew beer bloggers—think of it as a companion to The Session (which is the first Friday). This month’s FF is hosted by Travis of CNYBrew.com, and he asks the question: What is the craziest concoction you ever … Continue reading

Homebrew Blogging Day: I remember when I started homebrewing

Here’s my homebrewing-themed post for the inaugural Homebrew Blogging Day, as launched by Adam on the Beer Bits 2 blog: "I remember when I started homebrewing." It was the mid-nineties, and I was just discovering good beer. (You can read about that in this month’s earlier Session.) My friend Justin … Continue reading