How-To

Fermentation Chamber Build: Getting Serious About Temperature Control

If you’ve read How to Brew by John Palmer, or if you’ve ever listened to the man speak, then you know that fermentation temperature control falls second (sanitation being number one) on his list of priorities when it comes to brewing great beer. To keep things simple; fermentation temperature control keeps your yeast happy. And when …

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 …

How-To

Quck and Easy Keg and Tap Line Cleaning

  The Brewer’s Association recommends cleaning your draft lines every two weeks if they are used “regularly”. Since it’s coming from the Brewer’s Association, I’m pretty sure regular use of a draft line would constitute a tap room or bar pulling hundreds of pints a day. As homebrewers, I think we would probably abandon the …

Beer Travel

A Weekend Trip to Holland and an Evening at Kaapse Brewers

  In May of 2017 my girlfriend and I decided to take a sporadic weekend trip to Rotterdam. As with all of our last minute travel plans, we had no idea what we would be doing when we got there. We typically like to play things by ear, walk around the city, and enjoy the …

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 …