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My homebrewing misadventures

What's left behind

Cleaning the trub after primary fermentation of an 8 percent Saison de Noel

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By Tom on 11/06/2016

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Prost!

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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:

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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

Stage: Enjoying

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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

Stage: Thirsty

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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

Stage: Brewing

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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

Stage: Enjoying

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