Have you ever asked yourself or been asked questions like “why do you mash your grains?” or “why do you aerate your wort?”. Me too. So I put together a short article that answers a few of these basic questions. This is not meant to be a chemistry tutorial. Just a few simple reasons for […]
I’ve had a few folks ask me about the mash paddles I make and sell at Original Gravity. I know the last ones went off the shelves months ago and I haven’t had a chance to get them restocked. So, another brewer reached out to me on Homebrewtalk.com asking if I still made them and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.