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Why do we….?

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 […]

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The Next Barrel Aging Project

Well, the next James River Homebrewers barrel project is well under way. Several weeks ago a handful of us that got together at Original Gravity during the Big Brew a few weeks ago to brew a robust porter. The porter was to go into the bourbon barrel won by JRHBer Alan Sepkowski (Shiny Head Brewer) […]

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Beer Gun Bottling

It’s time to send off your bottles to the National Homebrew Competition. So, I broke out the Blichmann Beer Gun and got to bottling.  If you keg your beer a beer gun is not an absolute necessity but its pretty damn close. It makes to process of transferring your beer from the keg to a […]

Beer Judge Certification Program

Learning the Art of Beer Tasting – Part 1

Have you ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of beer tasting? If you are reading this post I assume that answer is yes. Well, me too… I have been homebrewing for a while now but have never really picked up the art of being able to taste and describe beer accurately or consistently. […]

Bourbon Barrels

Big Brew Weekend – Russian Imperial Stout

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 […]

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 […]

Grain Station Set Up

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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