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Novice Homebrewer: My First Infection

Novice Homebrewer: My First Infection

For my company’s golf outing, I agreed to brew an IPA and re-brew a batch of strawberry wheat since my coworkers loved it so much. My plan was to use the same Cooper’s kit that I used previously to make Batch #3. When I arrived at the homebrewing store, I was confronted with the fact that they did not have the Cooper’s Wheat Beer kit in stock. Therefore, I had to resort to using a … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

As you may have read previously, I brewed an India Pale Ale as batch #5 for my company’s golf outing. I started with the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA recipe and made a few alterations. The brewing and secondary dry hopping was rather successful, so this post examines the most important aspect of homebrewing: the taste. Lincoln Abbey Lincoln IPA Beer Stats Style: India Pale Ale Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 6.00% BA Score: n/a RB Score: n/a … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer Batch #5- India Pale Ale

Novice Homebrewer Batch #5- India Pale Ale

My work approached me and asked if I would be interested in brewing a couple of batches for our company golf outing. At this point, any opportunity I have to brew a beer, I will accept. Everyone at work thoroughly enjoyed my strawberry wheat, so I agreed to recreate that beer for the outing, and told them I would come up with another recipe. I finally settled on making an India Pale Ale for the golf … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man Review

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man Review

My fourth homebrew was Kiwit Man, a kiwi wit aged with mangoes. As a follow up to my last post, the final gravity did not drop below 1.014 as I though it might. However, with the higher starting gravity, this beer came in at 6.1% instead of the target 5.0%, which I was very happy with. Kiwit Man Beer Stats Style: Belgian Witbier Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 6.10% BA Score: n/a RB Score: n/a … Read entire article »

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My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My fiancée and I are regular customers at Al’s of Hampden and when I told Al that I was engaged, he said that I needed to brew a beer for the wedding at the brewery in the basement of his pizza shop, Pizza Boy Brewing. We had several discussions back and forth on what type of beer I wanted to brew, and finally I settled on a Belgian Tripel aged in Apple Brandy Barrels with … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man

I’ve become a little more adventurous with each homebrew attempt, and am looking into the ingredients and determining what I can modify to make the beer mine and not just a standard recipe. While I feel this may come around to haunt me at some point, it is certainly a learning experience each time. I get to determine how adjusting quantities of hops, types of hops, and additions of fruits can affect the outcome of the brew. … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #3- Straw Bear-E Wheat

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #3- Straw Bear-E Wheat

As I previously posted, my third batch was a Cooper’s wheat beer kit with the addition of fresh strawberries. I can’t say that wheat beers usually impress me, but strawberry wheat beers were also some of the earliest beers I drank in my transition into craft beer. I think it’s possible to make a great one, and I was wondering how mine would turn out. Lincoln Abbey Straw Bear-E Wheat Beer Stats Style: American Wheat Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 8.30% BA … Read entire article »

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Brew It Yourself: American IPA

Brew It Yourself: American IPA

Now that Jeff has given us the ins and out of getting started with homebrewing, we wanted to further delve into successes, failures, and what we’ve learned along the way. For Christmas this year I also received my first ever homebrew kit (Gold Complete) and decided to bring in 2012 with my first batch. I wanted to start with something simple, an American IPA, using a kit from Northern Brewer with a few edits to … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Brewing Batch #3

Novice Homebrewer: Brewing Batch #3

My fiancee bought me a Wheat Beer kit from Cooper’s (who recently bought the American company Mr. Beer) prior to her back surgery as a way to say thanks for taking care of her. If you have been following my posts, my first two batches were from scratch, so this was a new adventure for me. The product is a blend of extract malt and hops that comes in a can with directions and a packet … Read entire article »

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Guest Post: Homebrew Contest Winning Mango Triple IPA

Guest Post: Homebrew Contest Winning Mango Triple IPA

Editor’s Note: These guest posts come from our friends, followers, and fellow beer geeks who have something they want to share. If you’ve attended a great event, tasted a rare beer, want to give your favorite brewery some love, or anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know! Greetings fellow beer lovers! I am honored and excited to be contributing to The Beer Circle this week and … Read entire article »

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