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...

Ribs, Sides, and Beer. BIG Beer!

Ah, what a glorious day it was today – old man winter has given us a reprieve from his stranglehold – though a temporary one according to the forecasts.  I don’t remember spring ever being this cold in the Ottawa area – everyone’s sick of...

Sparging, BTUs, and – like, where’s spring?

I’ve been very much enjoying the Mad Tom clone I brewed up a few weeks ago, so I figured I’d do another one today. What’s “Mad Tom” you ask? It’s a beer that is put out by Muskoka Breweries, styled after American India Pale Ale, or...

Mits, kits, and another competition

Ya, it’s been a while since my last beer blog post – and not because I haven’t been brewing beer.  See, there’s this pride thing that got in the way…  I sinned against the purist in me, and lowered myself to brewing a couple beer kits....

Winter Brewing: Easier than I thought

So here I am sulking Friday night, because the forecast is for a chilly and snowy day Saturday.  So, I decide to postpone brewing day till Sunday when it’s a bit more favourable outside, plus I’m feeling lazy and have a batch to bottle anyways.  An INDOOR...