brewing

Bock recipe

Back in my college days, I had the pleasure of drinking large quantities of Shiner Bock before they were bought out by Gambrinus and turned into a mini-macro brewery.  From week to week, the flavors would vary as they were a small batch brewer back then with a fervent and thirsty following.  Sadly, while it’s […]

Oatmeal stout

I’m outside of spec for IBU on this recipe but I’m going to try it out first before adjusting it.  Having enjoyed my high IBU IPA’s this summer, I’m kinda addicted to hops these days. Stout, Oatmeal Stout Partial Color Stats OG 1.052 FG 1.013 IBU 41 ABV 5.0 % SRM 37 Specifics Boil Volume […]

Winter Warmer anyone?

I first ran across the ‘winter warmer’ style some years ago.  Sam Smith’s Winter Welcome happened to be my favorite back then but I’ve since run across a number of fair to good winter warmers (that’s one darned cheerful looking bottle though, ain’t it?).  Among the more recent contenders is Deschute’s Jubelale.  This is a […]

Paisley Porter

This is my takeoff on the Paisley Porter on TastyBrew’s site.  With the colder weather coming on, I’m leaving the IPA’s mostly behind and exploring the grains and yeasts of the darker side of the beer spectrum. Color Stats OG 1.051 FG 1.013 IBU 32 ABV 4.9 % SRM 26 Specifics Boil Volume 6 gallons […]

Chocolate Milk Stout

I’ve got a party coming up, you might have heard: the First Annual Powertool Pumpkin Carving Party.  Jeremy is working up a clone of McMenamin’s Ruby ale.  As a fill-in ‘chick beer’ I decided to try to replicate and perhaps improve upon a beer I had last year: Rogue Ale’s Chocolate Stout.  I thought I’d […]

Amarillo IPA

My LHBS is running low on the hops I normally lean on so I spread my wings a little and came up with this recipe using Amarillo hops. Color Stats OG 1.052 FG 1.013 IBU 86 ABV 5.0 % SRM 6 Specifics Boil Volume 6 gallons Batch Size 5 gallons Yeast 75% AA Style Comparison […]

Centennial IPA

Ran across an interesting beer that reminded me of another beer, the research of which led me to centennial hops.  I’m hoping this recipe turns out well but at least I’ll have another hop under my belt and some info to use for later perhaps. Color Stats OG 1.052 FG 1.013 IBU 76 ABV 5.0 […]

Doug’s IPA

Pretty imaginative name, huh?  While it’s a decent enough beer I guess I just don’t like enough to give it a more appropriate name.  I built this recipe around the two types of hops I have growing in the backyard, Cascade and Nugget.  Cascade was an easy choice, but I only chose Nugget because I […]

Paige’s Pale knockoff

I’ve kind of standardized my brewing practices more or less.  I suppose after getting a few more batches under my belt and doing a bit more study I might change things up a bit but for now I’m working with a process that works well for me.  This is my knockoff of Paige’s Pale Ale […]

Mistake #7

So, I’m at the LHBS (that would be Local HomeBrew Supply) going down the list of ingredients for my next two batches and messed up (which totally never happens to a guy who drinks his own beer, ever). Instead of grabbing Perle hops for Paige’s Pale Ale, I misread my shopping list and thought I […]