Recently our brewing escapades have moved beyond the malt, hops, water, yeast category and ventured into new grounds. One of the most recent projects that Eryn has undertaken is roasting her own coffee beans and creating her own blends. Eryn found directions on some website somewhere on how to use an old popcorn maker to roast green coffee beans. She’s been playing with it for a couple months and though I don’t personally drink coffee those who do seem to enjoy her newest endeavor. So for Christmas she and a friend of ours Amber, roasted up several pounds of coffee to give away as gifts. While they worked I shot a quick video of the popcorn coffee roasting.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about fruit beers but I love them. My mom was a huge fan of Apricot Wheat Ales and that was some of the first beer I really started to enjoy so maybe it started there. However it started, my interest for fruit beers has translated into a number of homebrew recipes from our Sassy Blonde strawberry ale, to Dave’s Coconut Brown, the Blonde Wino and a number of others. This summer we have added another fruit beer to our taps.
Fermentation temperature is probably the bane of most every homebrewer. Unless you have a temperature controlled area or a jacketed mini conical then your beer can be subject to the temperature swings of the season. In our case here in Northern California that can be as much as 40° in the summer months. With huge swings like that maintaining a consistent temperature just isn’t possible. The most practical idea we came up with was to build a fermentation chamber.
One of our favorite homebrew events last year was by far the Humboldt Homebrew Festival. When we got the email about the festival this year we both agreed, we had to figure out how to make it work. We had started brewing again but not that regularly, the festival was that impetus to really get brewing again.
After a few months of building our new brewery and getting our yard together we finally threw the doors open for our first tap party at our new home. It was great to finally get those taps flowing again and have folks over to enjoy. A big part of the reason we brew is because […]
It’s been cold around here lately. A blast of arctic air has made it’s way down from the gulf of Alaska chilling our normal low 40’s down to high 20’s at night. On this particular morning when I woke up around 6:30 I checked the weather to find we were down to 27°. I chuckled […]
A few months back we decided to start crushing our own grain so that we could purchase bulk grain sacks and have better control of our mashing process. After shopping around and reading all sorts of reviews we went for the Barley Crusher
If you’ve read our post about our new brew system then you’ll know that it was constructed from an old Hi-Lo trailer. As an homage to that trailer Eryn decided that the first beer we made on the brew system would be called Hi-Lo. With the name firmly set we went to work figuring out what it would actually be. Since we had two great words in the name, high and low, we started playing with the idea of doing a high alcohol low hop Belgian ale. It finally came down to a Belgian Strong Golden Ale that was lightly hopped.
Fermentation is a point in our brewing process where we’ve always had a bottleneck. We’ve been using 5 and 6 gallon glass fermenters since we jumped to 5 gallon batches but have always been looking for something more. This past fall MoreBeer had a very quick sale on Speidel Plastic Fermenters. I happened to catch […]
Double Barrel Ale is honestly one of my favorite beers out there. It’s got a rich flavor that’s textured with the oak. If you haven’t tried it you need to. A while back we were talking about what beer to make next and we decided to look up to see if anyone had a decent […]