Tag: craft beer

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …