Category: Brew Day

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 …

Ales, Brew Day, Sours

Flanders, Ned | Flanders Red Brew Day

  After reading Michael Tonsmeire’s excerpt about soleras in Home Brew All Stars, I decided to start a solera of my own. Since I don’t currently have a any barrels in my possession, I guess you could call my current program a “pseudo-psolera”.   My Honey Wheat Farmhouse Saison had been aging for about 6 …

Ales, Brew Day

Lady Liberty Pale Ale Brew Day and a Keg Ninja Trial

  When I got into this hobby about a year ago, I thought that I would be exclusively brewing one gallon batches. After a few of those I decided that the work involved to produce seven bottles of beer just wasn’t worth it. I moved onto three gallon batches, which was perfect. I got to …

Brew Day, Sours

Berliner Weisse Brew Day

I’ve been looking forward to this brew day for a while. (Check out my Berliner Weisse article) After researching different souring method and recipes I finally decided on a 50/50 grain bill of German Pale Wheat and German Pilsner; kettle soured and fermented with S-05. I almost decided to ferment with a WLP565 Saison 1 …

Ales, Brew Day, Saisons

Saaz Saison Brew Day

I typically brew during the day while my girlfriend is at work, but this past brew day we had some friends in town and decided to have a how-to-brew day. Since I was running low on my Weedwacker Clone I decided to brew another pale style that’s in the realm of a “session” beer. Also, I’m …

Brew Day, How-To

My All-Grain Brew Day Process

There are tons of articles and books out there with brew day how-to. It never hurts to have another perspective on brew day. Hopefully I can give you a quick and concise run-down on how I conduct my brew day. I use the standard cheap and easy equipment which consists of two igloo coolers. One …

Ales, Brew Day

Red-Eye Breakfast Stout

Stouts and porters are by far my favorite style; both to drink and to brew. Since I’m a coffee lover, I love the rich, roasty and chocolate flavors found in these styles. Rumor also has it that brewing darker beers is “easier”, since these complex flavors and dark malts can cover up some off-flavors that …

Brew Day, Sours

Honey-Wheat Farmhouse Saison

Ever since I tried my first sour beer about a year ago I’ve been intrigued by the process of brewing my own sour. I’ve also been very intimidated. After a few months of research I finally decided to take a whack at a sour batch. I had some WLP566 (Saison II) in a mason jar …

Ales, Brew Day

A Houston Favorite: Saint Arnold Weedwacker Clone

St. Arnold Weedwacker is one of my girlfriend Liz’s favorite beers, so I decided to brew up a three gallon batch that we can enjoy together. The St. Arnold Brewery is Houston’s oldest craft brewery and its Weedwacker is their only unfiltered year-round beer. The story is the brewers were cooking up a batch of …

Ales, Brew Day, Saisons

Dark Winter Saison: Saison Noel

Since I don’t currently have any way of controlling my fermentation temperatures, I tend to lean toward using Saison yeast for it’s higher temperature range. I keep my thermostat around 75 degrees at home and that usually gives me a fermentation temperature of around 78 degrees. Since the holidays and cooler temperatures are approaching I …