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)

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Experimental Hop Series #4: Experimental Grapefruit Saison (Recipe #15, Batch #2014.12)

I'm past the half way mark with these beers and they have all turned out well so far. The first two were my favorites (the Azacca and the Expeirmental Pine Fruit saison). The last one, the Lemon Zest, was pretty underwhelming but still made for a good beer. Next year when I plan out this … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #4: Experimental Grapefruit Saison (Recipe #15, Batch #2014.12)

Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

I started this blog a few months ago but I've been brewing for about 10 years. I wanted to start the blog so I could keep better track of what beers I'm making and to force me to try more experiments...push my abilities and contact other brewers to refine my technique. This post isn't going … Continue reading Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

Beer Tourism #2: A Roadtrip from Washington DC to Chicago

I want to do more traveling but with money being as tight as it is and having a small family, I don't get all the opportunities I would like. However, I did have the opportunity to visit a couple of good friends in Chicago...we drove from Washington D.C. to Chicago in our little SUV. Ended … Continue reading Beer Tourism #2: A Roadtrip from Washington DC to Chicago

Saccharomyces species experiment #1: Paradoxus Ale (Recipe #14, Batch #2014.07)

This post is about beer, but in addition, this post is about the microbiology of beer, specifically the microbiology of the genus Saccharomyces. I am a microbiologist by trade, so there will be several posts throughout this blog concerning the organisms responsible for the production of beer and other fermentation products. This is the first … Continue reading Saccharomyces species experiment #1: Paradoxus Ale (Recipe #14, Batch #2014.07)

Experimental Hop Series #3: Lemon Zest Saison (Recipe #13, Batch #2014.09)

I returned to the experimental hop series of beers and brewed this blankly named hop "Lemon Zest"...I wonder what it tastes like. So far, these beers have been great. I brewed the Azacca hop saison and the Experimental Pine Fruit (both amazing in my opinion) and this one brings me to my half way point … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #3: Lemon Zest Saison (Recipe #13, Batch #2014.09)

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)