Clear Beer, Vorlaufing, and Wow is summer ever here!

It’s been a long time coming, but summer has finally arrived in the Ottawa Valley. It’s been a particularly cold winter and spring, so it was great to see us top out at 25C on Saturday. So, guess what I was doing? Yup, brewing beer! My pipeline is pretty...

Picnic coolers, Irish Lasses, and Sheet Brewing

Yes, you heard it here for the first time: Sheet Brewing. Up to now, I’ve been a BIAB guy, keeping my brewing set up simple and inexpensive, creating some pretty good beers. One recipe even won an award, so I’m doing something right. But like any home chef...

Beer Kits, Mash Tuns, and a C-c-cold Spring!

So ya – I’ve been a wuss this winter, giving into the convenience of beer kits made from liquid malt extract and other forms… which allowed me to  brew indoors.  Cause well, we all know how cold it’s been this past winter.  And it continues...

Raw Hops, Strong Beer, and a DIY Mash Paddle

After brewing up over 60 batches of homemade beer from scratch using barley grain, it’s now becoming old hat. I rarely have to read the recipe to figure out the ingredients, timing, or temperatures… that’s mostly due to the fact I brew the same...