• Brewing 08.02.2013 Comments Off on Brewing a Belgian Ale

    With so many beers brewed in a year it’s hard to keep track of them all. This was a Belgian ale I make for the summer.

    brew kettle pot

    Coming to the end of the boil, the wort chiller is being sterilized

    Once we got it cooled down (in the summer this is a pain) we transferred it over to a six gallon carboy.  We ferment for about 4 weeks before racking over to a keg.

    filling car boy

    Filling the carboy with cooled wort


    6 gallon beer fermentation

    Belgian Ale in Primary Fermentation


  • Brewing 02.10.2010 Comments Off on Yeast no More

    I brewed straight through the summer with some great wheat beers.  I then followed up with some light beers. Kolsch, Leffe and English Pale Ale.  Bought a bigger burner to heat the wort and fry some turkey.   It’s still a challenge to cool the wort. I need to go over to a immersion cooler.

    I grew some yeast in a beaker and pitched for some great beer.  Somewhat different then just pitching into the wort.  It builds up some serious quantities of yeast for pitching.

    Oh yes now we have the keginator running 5 gallon batches of ale.  It can hold two 5 gallon tanks of ale.  Soda syrup kegs are re-purposed for storage.

    So now we are going into the fall with some great brown ales.   Honey brown, Phate Tyre, Caribou Slobber.

  • Brewing 07.04.2010 Comments Off on My First Year of Brewing Beer as a Hobby

    Its an amazing process of making wort, the raw un-fermented beer.  With boiling water and malt sugar in liquid and powder form, additions of hops and the strange aroma that arises from the brew pot.  It’s almost prehistoric in the concept of making a mildly alcoholic drink.  I’ve been working with liquid extract and specialty grains and an amazing collection of yeasts.  Ah yeasts bring us wonderful cheese, bread and beer.  This connection is a wonderful experience and I must say the results certainly are encouraging.  It will be interesting to see how the late spring and summer months go with brewing.  I may have to take a break..after working like mad to make it through the summer.  I’m looking at a ginger flavored beer to make before the heat of the summer.  I have a thing for ginger (and stormy nights).

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