Community Feed

Below is an aggregate of blog posts in the homebrewing community. It is updated regularly during the day. These blogs are a great place to learn about homebrewing and most have recipes of their own. If you write a blog about homebrewing and would like for it to be included please let us know.

Kriek

As I discussed in the Pineapple Wild Ale post a great way to stretch a brew day is to brew a batch of lower gravity wort and split the batch between different fermentors and add a twist to each fermentor whether being yeast, fruit, spices or keep one as a ...

Harvest ale

Just like last year, I decided to do a harvest ale using the wet hops from my garden.  I was first introduced to this concept by the Sierra Nevada harvest ale and was a big fan.  The fresh hops give a totally different flavor profile and having my own hops ...

Booze for Free: Book Review

A few months ago the publisher of Booze for Free emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in a free copy of the book, I couldn’t turn down the irony. Andy Hamilton's focus in this book is on making beer, country wines, infusions, and other alcoholic ...

SurlyFest

Poster for this year
Pretty late getting this post up as SurlyFest was almost a month ago. For the second year in a row I traveled to Minnesota to hang out with my brother Ryan and hit up Surly Brewing Companies annual SurlyFest party. The propose of the party is ...

Awesome Home Brew Rigs

It’s a common obsession among home brewers to build bigger and better breweries (although I’m a cheapskate and refuse to upgrade anything unless completely necessary). I would go even as far as to say that for some home brewers, designing, creating and building a home brewery is their ...

Dark Belgian Table Beer - Review

Appearance - Dark brown, slightly hazy with reddish highlights when held up to light. Off-white 1 finger head that lingers with only small amounts of lacing. Slightly lighter color than I had hoped for, but still good looking
Aroma - Mild spice and pear, maybe a hint of the chocolatiness of the ...

Harvesting Home-Grown Hops

If you are a craft beer drinker, you have probably noticed a few “fresh hop” beers hitting the taps of your local brewery lately.  Or seen a few “randallized” beers being poured at special events.  This can only mean one thing – it’s hop harvesting season! Once a year, in ...

Old Vine Barleywine

The cold and nasty weather here in DC as of late has made me yearn for a blood warming barleywine. Fortunately, this past Christmas I brewed a big English style barley wine, Old Vine Barleywine. During secondary I added merlot juice and aged this brew on french oak for approximately ...

Tashmoo

Tashmoo. An early 20th century Great Lakes steam ship. A former amusement park on Harsen’s Island. A Native American word meaning “meeting place.” Plenty to talk about over a good bier. What to do with all that Detroit space? Well, drink beer. Or should we say, bier? This fall ...

GABF 2011 Winners

The winners have been released for the Great American Beer Fest. Click here for the entire list of medals handed out today. Listed below are the Michigan medalist. I also would like to congratulate Brugge Brasserie, one of my favorite small Indiana breweries, for their Super Kitty Fantastico which won ...