Category Archives: homebrew

Homebrew explosion aftermath

An imperial stout erupts out of the bucket. We know that feeling.

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Frankly speaking

My apologies but there won’t be a Brew Review for Saturday night. The day will speak for itself. This afternoon was the Ottawa Morel Mashup where mushrooms and homebrew were celebrated with great success. Temps were in the t-shirt range. … Continue reading

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Vigorous fermentation

During primary fermentation of a recent brew, kraeusen reached the bucket lid and started coming out the airlock. It then clogged. With nowhere else for the carbon dioxide to go, it crawled out of the bucket. One helluva yeast.

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Permanent kettle markings

For all the homebrewers out there, here’s a cheap way to add gallon markings on the inside of your kettle. I know it works on stainless steel and brass, so aluminum should not be a problem. First, look at this … Continue reading

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Spent grain dog treats

Great recipe for turning spent grains into dog smiles and poop piles. )

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One of our latest problems has mysteriously gone away. The uploading of images in the posts is now trouble-free. I was in a week-long email conversation with a tech rep from our hosting service and as the days went by, … Continue reading

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My apologies but there won’t be a brew review this evening. Sorry. A good friend of the boys, who has been with them for years and is considered part of our family, got married this Saturday. A bash at the … Continue reading

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Systems on the site are working as they should and I have no complaints. But I do have a few for WordPress which has some minor faults which I think should have been caught during beta testing back when they … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Spook Powder IPA Homebrew

One of our readers mentioned recently that he’d like to read a brew review of my homebrew. Man, I thought about that for quite a while. I hadn’t reviewed my own damn beer in quite a while. I could be … Continue reading

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FastRack for Homebrewers

If you bottle your homebrew you know what a pain in the ass the bottle tree is. It holds only 45 bottles while your 5-gallon batch usually gets you close to 50. And how do you store that thing? AND … Continue reading

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Frankly speaking

Life goes on. The SOPA/PIPA bills have been rescinded only to reappear in the future under the guise of something related to child pornography. I am so disheartened at the path the government is going down. It makes me think … Continue reading

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Frankly speaking

With the brew review freshly occupying my memory and abdominal quarters, I feel compelled to talk a little further about beer, namely Friday night’s meeting with my homebrew club, MASH, and the incredible time that I have at these meetings. … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Brew Review – Sweet Georgia Brown V2.0 (homebrew)

I had made up my mind earlier in the week. My place of employment, the ol’ warehouse, is deep into its busy season. Ten hour days were scheduled for the entire week and there was work on Saturday. Early in … Continue reading

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Today was a glorious day. It was a day filled with brewing my own damn beer, hovering over a brew pot in the kitchen and drinking and reviewing our 200th beer. As for the homebrew, I had purchased the requisite … Continue reading

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Friday Night Blue Collar Brew Review –
Malinois Pirlet Ale – Homebrew

Tonight, I’m reviewing my own damn beer. This story is a rather long one, but I made this beer and tonight I’ll taste it. I’ll tear it apart or I’ll praise it to high heaven. My own homebrew is no … Continue reading

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Last Saturday I visited a buddy who was hosting a “group brew” in his garage. Two guys were brewing beer using the all-grain method. A couple of mash tuns, propane burners blazing, and homebrew sampling. Without going into all the … Continue reading

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