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My homebrewing misadventures

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The offerings for our annual, belated Oktoberfest celebration. The Marzen didn't last through the night.

By Tom on 10/30/2016

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Preparing to dash through the snow

As fall sets in, brewing a higher octane beer to get us through the holiday months ahead.

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After brewing a lot of lower ABV, sessionable beers all year, it seemed like a good time to try something a little heavier as winter loomed. On a crisp, chilly fall Sunday morning, I lit a fire in the backyard firepit and brewed what Northern Brewer calls a "Saison de Noel." This will be a darker, heavier farmhouse beer appropriate for Yuletide merriment.

To bring the ABV up, I had to add a fair amount of sugar to give the yeast something to work with. That required adding a bit of these to the start of the boil:

From Carboy

It's been quite a while since I've added Candi syrup or sugar to a beer, years probably. So I'm eager to see how this one turns out. It should be ready to quaff in mid-December, though it could be cellared and aged for up to six months. Not to worry, I'll let you know how it turns out.

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By Tom on 10/23/2016

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Hot summer brew day

Preparing for Oktoberfest when the heat index is 109.

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Making a German alt on a hot, hot August day. Had to hide the kettle under the hammock while the immersion chiller did its job.

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By Tom on 08/13/2016

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What's on tap?

A little chalkboard paint adds a new feature to the basement brew haus.

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This should make it much easier to remember what's behind each tap handle.


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By Tom on 07/30/2016

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Grow, hops, grow

My first-year Centennial hops plants are growing wild this summer.

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By Tom on 07/23/2016

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Backyard brew day

Can't beat the heat, but I can enjoy a homebrew while making more beer

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Making an American Wheat for summer while hiding in the shade.

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By Tom on 07/17/2016

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A Father's Day Tradition

Brewing an Oktoberfest for the fall

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My plans for the day were to brew beer and hopefully catch a little time in the hammock. It was a lot easier doing one batch at a time instead of two. And because I got the brewing done, I was happy.


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By Tom on 06/22/2016

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Five feet high and rising

Centennial hops growing like a weed

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The most productive of the six hops rhizomes I planted after almost two months in the soil.

By Tom on 06/17/2016

Stage: Thirsty

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The best bier for the wursts

Unveiling the fresh K├Âlsch in style

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By Tom on 05/21/2016

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Brewing in the rain

Making a raspberry wheat ale on a chilly May Sunday.

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Had a fire going in the backyard, but then had to pull out the umbrella when the rains came. It will all be worth it in six weeks when the beer is ready and cold and the summer is hot.

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By Tom on 05/15/2016

Stage: Brewing

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