March 2008 archive

Funny Video

My friend Jared put up a hilarious YouTube video here. For those of you too lazy to follow the link, I’ll put it below: http://www.youtube.com/v/ATBl4qH9I54&hl=en  

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Beer Failures

I’ve brewed 9 batches of beer since I began this brewing adventure back in Christmas, and it has been a learning process. And, as most people will attest to, no learning is complete without some failure. My second batch was my first attempt at oatmeal stout, and despite the fun we had brewing it, we …

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Oatmeal Stout- Whole Grain Goodness

I brewed batch 9 yesterday, some Oatmeal Stout.  I used Papazian’s mini-mash recipe from The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.  Now, I purchased the grains a few weeks ago and had them crushed when I purchased them so I wouldn’t have to try to do it myself.  Of course, no one told me to brew them …

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What The Heck Did I Just Brew?

Last night I bottled up my so called “American Style” hefeweizen. It had been fermenting for 14 days by the time I had bottled it. And, by fermenting for 14 days, I don’t mean it was just sitting there for 14 days waiting to be bottled. I mean it was actively fermenting for 14 days. …

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Batch 8 Almost Ready to Bottle

Made an American style hefeweisen last week. Still has active fermentation going on. It was my first mini-mash attempt. I used a couple pounds of grains, put them in a grain bag and held them at 130 degrees for 30 minutes. Then I slowly brought the temp up to 155. After 10-15 minutes there I …

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Erica Rocks!

An old high school classmate of mine just sent me four pounds of hops for free.  You so rock, Erica!

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