Growing Hops in Whiskey Barrels: Three Month Update

If you’ve been following along at home you’ve hopefully seen the progression of my hop garden over the last few months.  Today I’m pleased to announce that I have some really nice hop cones starting to form!  Check it out: I several weeks ago I expanded the trellis on the Cascade plant and good thing […]

Beer Review: Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo

Summary Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) recently released a new beer called Spacewalker American Belgo.  In true Great Lakes fashion all of their beers relate to Cleveland or Ohio history.  This one is in honor of the astronauts that have been from Ohio.  From the GLBC web site: Spacewalker American Belgo is named for the […]

Growing Hops in Whiskey Barrels: Week 10 Update

Hard to believe it’s been 10 weeks and the hops are doing well. Since moving the barrels to the side of the garage that has more sunlight prior to week 6 they seem to be doing better. Just in the last two weeks both the Centennial (on the left) and the Cascade (on the right) […]

Growing Hops in Whiskey Barrels

This year I decided to try my hand a growing hops! I’ve read that it’s easy to do and figured it would be fun to brew beer with my own hops. I was inspired by a past episode of Chop n’ Brew where the guys talked about growing hops in backyards and in whiskey or planting […]

Almighty Cascade Pale Ale Brew Day Pictures

Last weekend I brewed up a brand new brew I’m calling “Almighty Cascade Pale Ale”. It’s a variation of an extract recipie that I made last year.  I’ve now converted the recipie to all grain and added more late addition hops…about six ounces of cascade goodness! I’ll post a follow up when it’s ready to […]

My National Homebrew Competition Results

The results are in! The two beers I entered scored the following: “Austin Powers” British IPA – 34 (Very Good) and went on to the mini-best of show Blackberry Wheat – 27.5 (Good) I honestly wasn’t expecting much as this was my first Homebrew competition but for my first two all grain brews I think […]

Preparing and Shipping Beer for the National Homebrew Competition

I was lucky enough to get two entries into the National Homebrew Competition this year. This is the first year I’m entering the competition. I don’t plan on doing that well but I’m more interested in getting feedback from the judges and see how I can improve. I’ve submitted my “Austin Powers” Brittish IPA and a […]

Fun with Small Batch Brewing

A few weeks ago I decided to try and make a 1 gallon all grain batch using the BIAB (Brew In A Bag) method.  I had a Blackberry Wheat beer recipe that I wanted to try out but not invest in a full 5 gallon batch.  I ran into several issues which have led me […]