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 …

How-To

So You Want to Start Kegging?

  So there it is. That carboy or bucket full of beer. It’s finished attenuating, the yeast beasties have all settled down for their long nap, and you’re sooooo close to being able to drink the delicious brew you’ve put so much time into. You just got home from work or  it’s the weekend and you have …

Reviews

Review: Keg Ninja Recipe Calculator and Keg ‘Minder

  I recently wrote a blog post reviewing the BrewCipher brewing calculator spreadsheet. As much as I enjoy using BrewCipher, I am always looking for new software. Whether that’s for brew day water calculations, recipe formulations, or even just for my own personal use for finances and keeping my life organized. I was browsing Twitter …

Reviews

Review | The Keg King Robobrew

  I waited months to decide whether or not I wanted to replace my cooler-style brewing system with an all-in-one system. I read reviews, compared prices and finally made a decision. As soon as I was about to add a $1,040 all-in-one brewing system to my cart at Williams Brewing, there it was – the …

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 …

Reviews

Review | Cool Brewing Fermentation Bag

If you’ve read How to Brew by John Palmer then you know the second most important factor that can affect the outcome of your beer (number one being sanitation) is fermentation temperature control. For those of us that are apartment dwellers it can be difficult to find space for an extra fridge. Some folks choose …

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 …

Updates

Down the Rabbit Hole: Small Batch Bru Starts Kegging

  It has happened…Small Batch Bru has finally tired of bottling after only 10 batches. I made the decision last week to purchase a two tap kegerator from kegerator.com! For a few days I contemplated building my own chest freezer kegerator system, but I barely have enough time to brew; let alone build a kegerator. …

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 …