Category: Brew Day

Ales, Brew Day

“CRYO JUICE” NEIPA: My First Attempt at the “Style”

There’s a ton of hype surrounding the “New England IPA” style, and I decided to try my hand at brewing one with CRYO hops (something else I have no experience with). Now that I think of it – this is my first IPA…period. The breweries in my area haven’t really gotten into the style. I’m …

Brew Day, Competition Beers, Lagers

I Brewed My First Helles….and It’s For NHC!

I’ve been brewing for about a year and a year and a half and I think it’s time to send a few beers to the National Homebrew Competition. This competition is held every year and people from all over the world submit their homebrewed beer, cider and mead to be evaluated in multiple rounds of …

Ales, Brew Day

Kölsch Brew Day v1.0

Session beers are a big part of my homebrewing repertoire. While the Kölsch is a simple recipe it can be very difficult to brew. Like any “light yellow” beer, there is nowhere to hide flaws. A clean fermentation is critical in order to avoidn ester production. My number one goal for my brewing currently is …

Ales, Brew Day

Cinnamon Pop Tart Sweet Stout Brew Day

  It’s that time of year…spiced beer season! I’ve been seeing a lot of cereal beers lately. Count Chocula Stouts, Corn Flake Cream Ales, Fruity Pebble IPAs. I figured I would try something in line with the breakfast food theme that seems to be trending currently. I remember hearing that 21st Amendment did a Pop …

Brew Day, Lagers

Vienna Lager Brew Day: Semi Short-and-Shoddy

As soon as I finished my fermentation chamber, I knew that I HAD to brew a lager. My WiFi temperature controller project is also up and running! I’ve kept away from lagers simply because I haven’t had a place to ferment them cool. And with my job I’m not really around enough to babysit the …

Ales, Brew Day

Aletoberfest: When There’s No Room to Lager

A Primer on Oktoberfest Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about that fall beer that we all love. Well, actually, by the time this article posts we should already be drinking that fall beer that we all love. We’re talking Oktoberfest. Before the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines were released, …

Ales, Brew Day

Cream Ale 3.0 Brew Day: Almost There

The Cream Ale has turned into quite an obsession of mine, as you can probably tell. This is my third time brewing a Cream Ale in three months. And it’s also the third iteration of my recipe. I first learned about the Cream Ale while listening to The Brew Files; an offshoot of the Experimental Brewing podcast. Drew …

Brew Day, Cider, How-To

Quick and Easy Cider “Brew Day”

Let’s face it – sometimes we just don’t have the time to brew. Between work, kids, school, and life in general, there’s just no time to squeeze in a 5 hour brew day. I made it my goal at the beginning of the year to brew at least one batch per month. Whether that is …

Ales, Brew Day, Sours

Berliner Weisse Brew Day 2: Kettle Sour with the RoboBrew

  Summer 2017 is coming to an end and so shall my summer beer styles. Since the last Berliner Weisse was such a hit amongst my household, I decided to brew another 5 gallon batch o the same style. My first Berliner Weisse was kettle soured by keeping it outside in the hot Houston sun …

Ales, Brew Day

Pre Prohibition Cream Ale Brew Day

  I first discovered the Cream Ale style at Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery in early 2016. The brewery was hopping that day; so busy in fact that they had ran out of every of their beers except for their Dome Faux’m Pre Prohibition Cream Ale and their Vietnamese Coffee Porter. It was quite the warm …