Homebrewers in the big-time

Interesting article in The Anchorage Press here about homebrewers having their recipes brewed by microbreweries. Converting a homebrew recipe to a beer for commercial production is not a matter of simply changing the proportions of ingredients. Certain things are gained and lost in the translation, and because yeast is perhaps … Continue reading

Tasted my Pumpkin Ale

Opened up the first bottle of my Pumpkin Ale this evening. (I would have tried it last week, on Thanksgiving, but I was too sick.) It’s quite good. It has the hint of pumpkin pie spices in the aroma—not as much as I’d like, but it’s noticeable (perhaps next time … Continue reading

Bottled up the Pumpkin Ale

We bottled up the Pumpkin Ale this evening, after 8 days in the fermenter. Normally, I would have racked it to a secondary fermenter for another week or so, but I wanted to be able to open a bottle (or two, or three…) for Thanksgiving next week, so no biggie. … Continue reading

How-to on Kuro5hin

Kuro5hin has a decent article on brewing beer (Contradiction in Terms: How to make beer) that does a good job of covering the basics, from ingredients to drinking. Actually, looking it over again, it’s probably one of the better online beginner’s sources for brewing, concise and well written. I don’t … Continue reading

Pumpkin Ale percolating

My batch of Pumpkin Ale is fermenting up nicely. When I checked it this morning, roughly 12 hours after I pitched the yeast, it was already active—the airlock was percolating beautifully. And it’s going strong this evening, too. This should turn out to be a good beer.

Batch of Pumpkin Ale

I started a batch of my Pumpkin Ale this evening, five gallons of it, and now the house smells like sweet wort and pumpkin pie. I think it’ll turn out to be a good beer, no problems at all tonight, not even a runaway hot break (which leads to a … Continue reading

Another pumpkin ale recipe

Found another pumpkin ale recipe today on Usenet, an all-grain one named "Jack’s Lantern Pumpkin Ale." You can check it out here on Google Groups. Sounds like it might be pretty good.

Why Not?

Following right on the heels of my Imperial Beers post where I wrote about going wild and experimenting with brewing, this post on the I.M. Hammered Brewing blog is great. Why Not: That is the mantra of homebrewers. Why Not!!! You can’t put wheat yeast in a stout wort!! Why … Continue reading

Brewing on Good Eats

Alton Brown does beer! I caught the homebrewing episode of my favorite cooking show, Good Eats, this evening (which is kind of timely, I was wondering recently if there was one), and I thought it was pretty good, except for a couple of technical mistakes. First, he mashed the crystal … Continue reading

Pumpkin Ale Recipe

Perfect for the season, this is a favorite beer of mine to brew this time of year, and it’s always good. This is mostly an extract-based pumpkin ale recipe, though there is a short mash/rest with the pumpkin and malt. Use this recipe as-is, or as a basis for experimentation. … Continue reading