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 …

Beer History, Sours

Berliner Weisse: “The Champagne of the North”

Berliner Weisse

  The Style Sour beers are just recently coming into the craft beer and home brewing spotlight. For those who have never tried a “sour” beer, Berliner Weisse is the perfect starting point. A Berliner Weisse isn’t extremely tart, nor is it considered overly “funky”. Berliners offer a reserved lactic sourness and crisp dryness. The …

Reviews

Brewcipher: The Only Spreadsheet You Will Need for Your Brew Day

What is BrewCipher? BrewCipher is a free excel spreadsheet that acts as a recipe builder and brew day calculator. The download includes the main excel file (or open office spreadsheet), as well as instructions on how to get the most out of the spreadsheet. There are multiple tabs within the file that allow for different …

Saisons, Tasting Notes

Saaz Saison Tasting Notes

I finally got around to bottling the Saaz Saison that my friends and I brewed a few weeks ago. The Saison started a little lower and finished a little higher than predicted, but it tastes great and was enjoyed by all on game night. According to the hydrometer numbers, this beer is somewhere between 4.55% …

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 …