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Brewday 31 – Janet’s Brown Ale

Ever have one of those days where everything just clicks?  Today was finally one of those days.

After struggling with the new burner for several brewdays, I unbolted the burner from the windscreen, flipped over the stand and, using the bolts in the burner, put the burner on the bottom of the windscreen.  This […]

Got Yeast?

If you frequent any homebrewing forums or have any friends new to brewing, there are several topics that come up almost daily.  I’ll give a blanket answer to the first question… No, your beer is probably not infected.  Yes, when it’s fermenting it should have all that ugly bubbly gunk on top.  Yes, it will sink and go away for the most part.  Now get your head out of the bucket.

The other questions usually revolve around fermentation and yeast.  “It’s been 24 hours and my airlock isn’t bubbling yet.  Why?”  “I used a four month old vial of yeast that UPS left on my porch in the 110 degree heat and now my fermentation has stalled at 1.020.  What do I do?”  “Do I need to make a yeast starter?  If so, how do I do it?”  And finally, “What things can I do to make better beer?”

I’ve been there.  The nervous newbie who got a kit from the homebrew shop and read the instructions, took my vial of yeast, warmed it up to room temps and dumped it straight into the bucket.  I’m not here to say that you can’t do that, because you can do that and make decent beer.  I’ve done it a couple times in the past and I know of plenty of people who do that every day.  Is it beer?  Sure.  Could that beer be better with a small investment in some equipment and time?  Absolutely.

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Sierra 30 – Jack and Ken’s Ale

Sierra 30 – Jack and Ken's Ale

A couple weeks ago Amy and I decided that it was time to join the 21st century and ordered a HD TV online.  The shipping company called last week to schedule a day and time to deliver the TV and that wonderful day was supposed to […]

Meet Kegerator 2.0

Kegerator 2.0

So here it is, Kegerator 2.0.

I spent last night doing gas leak checks and putting the beer lines together and finally pushed through to the finish.  As you can see I took Tom’s advice and painted the keg shelf.  It gives it a more finished look and will hopefully prevent […]

Project Time Again

The KoD-to-be

Big time domestic goings on here in the woods recently.  Our microwave was making noises that it definitely should not make and our dishwasher was acting more like a old-food-crustifier, so we decided it was time to suck it up and replace all of our kitchen appliances.  Now, normally this is […]