A few weeks ago I traveled up to A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg. I picked up a couple 53 gallon bourbon barrels for our homebrew club (James River Homebrewers). We, as a club, had decided a while back that we wanted to try to brew a big barrel aged beer. It was a simple […]
Well, perhaps the title “It’s Belgian Farmhouse Ale Season” would be more apropos. You see, the word “saison” is french for “season”. So, the title “It’s Season Season” makes little sense. But, I digress… The saison is by far one of my favorite beers to drink in the summer time. It’s light and crisp with […]
Today’s brew session has a little twist. Several weeks ago my wife decided she wanted to try her hand at all grain brewing. Not just helping me brew. She wanted to brew a batch all on her own. I guess this shouldn’t have surprised me as she is an awesome cook and brewing wouldn’t be […]
Well, when it comes to homebrewing, the last few weeks have not been great. It started off well enough with three well packaged bottles of my black IPA being sent off to San Diego for the final round of the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrewer Competition. So far, so good. The submittal deadline was June […]
I call this beer “Cody’s BIPA”. It is a VERY hoppy, pitch black ale. It has a high abv estimated at 7.59. It has a strong hoppy bite to it as well as a roasted malt flavor of a stout.
|December 12, 2010
Posted by 2nobledogs
Last week my wife Corinna grabbed a couple bottles of my black IPA to use in her beef stew. The black IPA can be described as a combination of a stout and a standard American IPA. It has a very strong taste and will thoroughly surprise your palette.
I broke down and bought a false bottom and spigot assembly that was made to go in the bottom of my mash-tun and when I mashed my grains today it went off without a hitch. It flowed without even a hint of a clog.
Now that we are solidly into football season, I thought it might be nice to share one of my wife’s ass kicking chili recipes. Also, being that this is a home brewing blog you are obligated to include a bottle or two of whatever flavor you have available at the time. I happened to have a nice Irish red ale which added a hint of sweetness.
A few months ago in the heat of the summer, I was looking to brew something that was a little on the lighter side of the scale. So, I tried my hand at a German Pilsner. I had never made a pilsner so I wanted something relatively simple.
|October 3, 2010
Posted by 2nobledogs
IPA, Va Tech
The origins of the “India Pale Ale” dates back to the 18th century. English troops stationed in India were not able to get traditional English pale ales. Due to the long sea voyage and high temperatures these ales would spoil by the time they arrived in India