Brewing beer from scratch is hard work!

Well, if you're also bottling, and smoking a beef roast at the same time! What can I say; I'm a sucker for punishment. I'm on holidays, so I'm using up my time brewing and going on brewery tours. You see a theme here? 😉 Started a bit late, so after clean-up, it was...

Of Beer and Blues

Here I am in the middle of a brew, listening to Joe Bonamassa on my iPod that I have hooked up to an amp and speakers, thinking about the beer I had at the Calabogie Blues and Ribs Fest last weekend. What a blast I had hooking up with friends I made last year,...

Aren’t holidays grand?

Three weeks of of blissful nothingness. Well, not really... Me and Pete (a buddy from Burnstown) will be doing a brewery tour tomorrow in Perth, and tasting some craft beer. This will characterize my next three weeks... beer company tours, brewing awesome beer, AND...

Brewing, bottling, tasting…

So, another busy beer Saturday. Spent the day yesterday brewing up another batch of blonde ale. While it was mashing, I bottled a batch of IPA that I had dry hopped a few days earlier. Should be yummy.  Oh, and I prepped some pork ribs and chicken wings for smoking...

Meal in a glass, here we come! And other things…

Brewed up a batch of oatmeal stout, a recipe I call "Oatm'Ale Stout"™. Cute name, eh? Moira came up with that one. If you know beer at all, you know it's dark, tasty, and with a hint of oatmeal flavour and aroma. The malts used are Canadian 2-row, chocolate, and black...

White Moustache

If you're curious at all about the title, read on. "White Moustache ™"  is another beer recipe slated for Burnstown Brewery's line-up. Well, I just cracked open one to check its flavour, and wow - is it ever good. As with many craft ales. it appears cloudy after...

Another busy beer day…

Had a great day brewing another batch of my IPA that I keep tweaking the recipe for. This time it'll be a hybrid English/American IPA due to the combination of hops and yeast that characterizes both types. But - that was after dismantling the tarp structure I had...

Another IPA under my belt…

So, there I was, all ready to brew an English IPA: grain was crushed, strike water heating up, and I go check out my hops stock - and - CRAP! I don't have the right hops!  You see, it's the kind of hops that differentiate an English IPA from and American IPA. *Sigh* I...

My first all-grain beer is ready to drink!

For those of you unfamiliar with home brewing, "all-grain" means making beer from scratch - no store-bought beer kits are used. Crushed barley grain is steeped in hot water for over an hour, removed, then the remaining "wort" is boiled, which is when hops are added....

Bridge Blonde and wort chillers. Huh?

With summer in full swing, I figured it was about time to get a tasty blonde ale on the go. You know, something I can augment with a slice of lime in my beer mug.  So, using my beer recipe software, I designed a very light blonde ale with a minimum of ingredients:...

Brewing beer from scratch is hard work!

Well, if you're also bottling, and smoking a beef roast at the same time! What can I say; I'm a sucker for punishment. I'm on holidays, so I'm using up my time brewing and going on brewery tours. You see a theme here? 😉 Started a bit late, so after clean-up, it was...

Of Beer and Blues

Here I am in the middle of a brew, listening to Joe Bonamassa on my iPod that I have hooked up to an amp and speakers, thinking about the beer I had at the Calabogie Blues and Ribs Fest last weekend. What a blast I had hooking up with friends I made last year,...

Aren’t holidays grand?

Three weeks of of blissful nothingness. Well, not really... Me and Pete (a buddy from Burnstown) will be doing a brewery tour tomorrow in Perth, and tasting some craft beer. This will characterize my next three weeks... beer company tours, brewing awesome beer, AND...

Brewing, bottling, tasting…

So, another busy beer Saturday. Spent the day yesterday brewing up another batch of blonde ale. While it was mashing, I bottled a batch of IPA that I had dry hopped a few days earlier. Should be yummy.  Oh, and I prepped some pork ribs and chicken wings for smoking...

Meal in a glass, here we come! And other things…

Brewed up a batch of oatmeal stout, a recipe I call "Oatm'Ale Stout"™. Cute name, eh? Moira came up with that one. If you know beer at all, you know it's dark, tasty, and with a hint of oatmeal flavour and aroma. The malts used are Canadian 2-row, chocolate, and black...

White Moustache

If you're curious at all about the title, read on. "White Moustache ™"  is another beer recipe slated for Burnstown Brewery's line-up. Well, I just cracked open one to check its flavour, and wow - is it ever good. As with many craft ales. it appears cloudy after...

Another busy beer day…

Had a great day brewing another batch of my IPA that I keep tweaking the recipe for. This time it'll be a hybrid English/American IPA due to the combination of hops and yeast that characterizes both types. But - that was after dismantling the tarp structure I had...

Another IPA under my belt…

So, there I was, all ready to brew an English IPA: grain was crushed, strike water heating up, and I go check out my hops stock - and - CRAP! I don't have the right hops!  You see, it's the kind of hops that differentiate an English IPA from and American IPA. *Sigh* I...

My first all-grain beer is ready to drink!

For those of you unfamiliar with home brewing, "all-grain" means making beer from scratch - no store-bought beer kits are used. Crushed barley grain is steeped in hot water for over an hour, removed, then the remaining "wort" is boiled, which is when hops are added....

Bridge Blonde and wort chillers. Huh?

With summer in full swing, I figured it was about time to get a tasty blonde ale on the go. You know, something I can augment with a slice of lime in my beer mug.  So, using my beer recipe software, I designed a very light blonde ale with a minimum of ingredients:...