Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

Authors Note: I try to post a recipe a week (or a post about brewing once a week) but this week I'm posting two, this being the second behind the Chinook and Cascade IPA disaster. I'm doing this to minimize the impact of that bad beer post on this blog and to reduce my backlog … Continue reading Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

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Recipe #16: Chinook and Cascade English IPA (Batch #2014.13)

There are going to be several IPA posts in the coming months as I try to dial in an IPA recipe that uses Chinook hops. I'll be trying out a few different grain additions in these beers and keeping the hops a little simple. The hop additions for these beers will not be what people … Continue reading Recipe #16: Chinook and Cascade English IPA (Batch #2014.13)

Brewing at DC Brau Brewing Company (Grain-to-glass collection #1)

I am very excited to bring you the first of several (hoping many) posts about brewing beer on production scale systems. That's right; I convinced several local breweries to let me peek behind the curtain and be an assistant brewer on a batch of beer. The goal here is to be present from start to … Continue reading Brewing at DC Brau Brewing Company (Grain-to-glass collection #1)

Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

Another hoppy saison recipe from a blog about hoppy saisons...at least they are good! This a slight departure and a sign of things to come: this is not a single hop saison (all right, none of them have been single hop saisons but they all showcased one particular hop). This beer has late additions of … Continue reading Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

This is one of those beers that straddles the line between saison and "Belgian IPA". I have a considerable amount of citra left so I have to a make a few beers, I'd hate to waste it, plus it is one of my favorite hops. I am not exactly sure which harvest these hops were … Continue reading Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

Recipe #10: Stick Rooster Breakfast Stout (Batch # 2014.04)

We all knew this day was coming, a day when I brew a beer that isn't a hoppy saison. I do make several styles of beer, maybe it was a rut, maybe it was the fact that I can't get a hoppy light beer I like as much in this market, maybe it was because … Continue reading Recipe #10: Stick Rooster Breakfast Stout (Batch # 2014.04)

Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)

Making all those hoppy saisons, over and over again, was in preparation to make these experiment hoppy saisons with a six different varieties this year. I ordered the hops, 4 ounces each, from Yakima Valley Hops, if you aren't using them, get on it. About a week ago, I posted the first of these, the … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)

Experimental Hop Series #1: Azacca Saison (Recipe #8, Batch #2014.02)

I am excited to start this series of beers. I will be brewing a total of 6 of these hoppy saisons with different experimental hop varieties I picked up from Yakima Valley Hops a little bit ago. These are going to all have the same grain bill and brewed as similar as possible. One of … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #1: Azacca Saison (Recipe #8, Batch #2014.02)

Happy Winter Apsis! Brewing Goals for 2014.

I wanted to take this year-end opportunity, near the perihelion where the Earth is the closest to the sun, to talk about my brewing and blog goals for the upcoming year. I have two big brewing experiments coming up in 2014. The first experiment is focused on different yeasts. I am currently fermenting a test … Continue reading Happy Winter Apsis! Brewing Goals for 2014.