Cascade Hop Harvest

When Should You Harvest Hops?

This is my second season of growing hops and I have to say it’s been a strange growing season for sure. This year in addition to the Cascade and Nuggets vines we planted last year we also planted Chinook and Fuggles. I don’t use fuggles very often but my wife likes saying “fuggles” so we […]

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Home Brewing… Is it worth it?

Once people find out that I brew my own beer the first questions they ask are “do you really save money brewing your own beer?” and  “Is it worth it?”.  Although my process and strategy have evolved over time, the answer it is always pretty much the same. And that is “yes and no”. Yes…you […]

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5 Tips To Improve Your Homebrew Without Breaking the Bank

We all want to brew better beer right? Well, there are plenty of gadgets and tools out there to help you accomplish this task and a lot of it will cost you a significant amount of dough. Now, while I would encourage you to always buy top quality equipment, it is not necessary to tap […]

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An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Weigh Grains

I was reading through some other homebrew blogs and forums the other day and came across a cool little set up used by some friends over at BrewGeeks to weigh their grains. I have just recently started to buy my grains in bulk and mill them myself. I had been thinking about a way to […]

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The Doghouse Brew Rig Build Part Five “How It Works” (Update 8-5-2013)

In the fifth and final installment in the brew rig series I’m going to talk a little about how all the systems work together to produce that wonderful libation we refer to as BEER. In earlier posts we discussed the frame, the gas system, the electrical system, and finally the plumbing. I have to admit […]

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The Doghouse Brew Rig Build Part Four – “The Plumbing”

In part Four of The Doghouse Brew Rig Build series I’m going to discuss the plumbing system. I’m sure this does not need to be pointed out but basically your plumbing system moves your strike water and wort from one vessel to the other. This system is what keeps you from having to lift up […]

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Homebrew – It’s Saison Season!

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 […]

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An Overview of Beersmith Brewing Software

Beersmith brewing software is probably the single best purchase that I have made to improve my homebrew. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It’s great for novice as well as the expert. And on sale for 25% until June 17, 2012. See details below. In the video below I give you an overview […]

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The Doghouse Brew Rig Build – Part Three “The Control Panel” (Updated 2014-03-16))

In part three of The Doghouse Brew Rig Build I’m going to discuss the components of the control box. The control box is what automates your system. The components of the box send signals back and forth to your furnace valves (described in Part Two), which in turn open and close to fire the burners. […]

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The Doghouse Brew Rig Build – Part Two “The Gas System”

Ok, in part 2 of The Doghouse Brew Rig Build we are going to discuss the different components of the gas system and how it all goes together. The first thing you should know is ALWAYS BE SAFE! Putting the gas system together is not difficult but if you are not completely comfortable tinkering with […]

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