Link 15 Sep Show what's on tap at your bar or kegger...»

I have something adapted from this version of the Kegerface.  I modified it to also show what bottle inventory I have in my kegerator.  I have also made  links such that you can tap/click on the display to subtract a pint (or bottle) from inventory.  I don’t use the RFID part that the Hymas Wood does.

Neat project running on my Raspberry Pi.

Link 7 Aug GrogTag - Custom Homebrew Beer Bottle Labels you Design for Free»

Just found this cool site…!

Link 1 Aug Making Cider: TIps from the Pros»

Some good tips here.  Not all-inclusive, but worth a read.

Text 27 Jul

Recently brewed (and drank) a SPECIAL BITTER that I added bourbon soaked oak cubes to (in the keg).   Delicious.  It is interesting to see the flavors/aromas change over time.  I think the peak flavor was about 2 months with the oak in the keg.  Beyond that it started moving toward more oak/woody which isn’t my preference.   Some very nice vanilla flavor came out of the oak.  I used about 2 oz of medium toast French oak cubes in twice as much Maker’s Mark.  I only added the cubes to the keg, not the  leftover bourbon.  Next time I will add some fresh Maker’s to get a little more bourbon character.

What have you done with oak and/or bourbon and beer?

Link 6 Jun Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale»

Want a delicious, but different, beer?  Try a bourbon barrel aged beer  (Stout, ale, whatever, just DO IT).  They are delicious.  I didn’t even know they existed until a few years ago.   Get one on tap if you can, but the bottle is fine, too.

Warning: they tend to be a little higher in alcohol (8 or 9%).

Did I mention that they’re D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S?

(click the title link to go to the KentuckyBourbonBlarrelAle page)

Photo 30 May Even chicks are into beer!  Brew beer or just enjoy it?  Take a look at the Dragon Brew shop!
(Click the photo to go to the site)

Even chicks are into beer!  Brew beer or just enjoy it?  Take a look at the Dragon Brew shop!

(Click the photo to go to the site)

Text 24 May About Beer styles

Did you know there are 23 categories of beer?

Did you know each category has 3 or more styles?

…Wow, I’m sure you *can* find a beer you like!

OK, RELAX.  That’s enough learning for today.  Now go drink a BEER!

…and check out the style guides to get you started on an adventure to a new beer style:

http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php

Quote 3 Apr
I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
— Shakespeare, Henry V
Text 3 Apr When is big too BIG?

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-02/business/ct-biz-0403-craft-john-hall-20110402_1_anheuser-busch-brewing-industry-craft-beer

The recent news of the Anheuser-Busch deal for Goose Island makes me wonder.

There are many reasons to brew beer from the home brewer to the nano and micro  brewer scale and up to a full-scale commercial global brewer. 

The Goose Island CEO talks about growth to survive in this article.  I suppose that’s important for any person or group trying to make a living on the craft.  Ingredients and materials can go through price increases and you have to respond to the market.

At some point, things stop being about making a better beer and become more focused on maintaining market share and profit margin.  I think it’s a gray and fuzzy line. 

Perhaps actions like Dogfish Head pulling back distribution from certain states (Indiana included) is an example of a group that refuses get too big and chooses NOT to put profitability before better beer.  While I’ll miss the availability, I have to raise a pint in cheers to them for keeping beer first.

Thoughts?

Text 3 Apr All-Grain, what’s that?

I did it.  I finally took that step.

No more extract or partial mash brewing.  I’m in the all-grain world.  I’m my own brewer now.  No longer depending on the extract of others I am the master of my own brew destiny. 

The maiden voyage was a Honey Wheat, we’ll see how she goes.  The working name is “Hacker Honey Wheat"…I reserve the right to finalize the name once I taste it.

more later…


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