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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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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 #2 All Minced Up

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #2 All Minced Up

I opened a bottle of my second homebrew called All Minced Up. The name is inspired from the 311 song “All Mixed Up.” If you recall from previous posts, it started with a Raison d’etre base, and I added in molasses to attempt to make it taste similar to mince pie. Again, I’m attempting to review this beer from a non-biased perspective and I enlisted comments from other friends trying the beer to gauge my … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: The Second Brew Day

Novice Homebrewer: The Second Brew Day

While I was quite pleased with my first batch, I wanted to take my second batch to another level. I felt that I didn’t have the experience to create a recipe from scratch, so I decided to use the recipe from a base beer and add something to make it my own. I again used Sam Calagione’s “Extreme Homebrewing” as a reference, utilizing the Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre as the base beer. I have been … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Tasting the First Beer!

Novice Homebrewer: Tasting the First Beer!

Ah, the fruits of my labor. Here we have arrived at the best part of homebrewing: drinking your own brew. After a successful brewing and bottling process, it was time to pop one open. Keep in mind that before I performed this review, I had several of my homebrews. Each one was getting better over time, so this review will reflect a much better product than the very first one I tried. The first one … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: Bottling

Novice Homebrewer: Bottling

Finally, after 10 days of fermentation, my first batch of homebrew was ready to be bottled. Waiting was difficult because I wanted to try the finished product, but to get through it I kept telling myself that the yeast in that carboy is working 24/7 while I get to sleep and have fun. I did some final prep work, including reading the bottling section of “Extreme Homebrewing” and, of course, sanitizing everything I was going … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: The First Brew Day

Novice Homebrewer: The First Brew Day

If you have been reading my previous two posts about homebrewing, than you know that I have finally reached the pinnacle of the experience, and some homebrewing is about to begin. It was a day that I had essentially been dreaming about for at least two years, and I was slightly nervous to begin. I had read the instructions to complete the A-Z Brown Ale in Sam Calagione’s “Extreme Homebrewing” at least ten times, so … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: The First Homebrew Shop

Novice Homebrewer: The First Homebrew Shop

A couple of years ago, I took a homebrewing class (1-day) to learn about brewing, but nothing immediately came of it. However, this class was sponsored by Mr. Steve’s Homebrew and Wine Supplies. Due to my exposure to Mr. Steve’s as a sponsor, I was influenced to patronize their business for my first homebrew. There are two locations of Mr. Steve’s, one in York and one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, on March 1, Mr. Steve’s … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: The Beginnings

Novice Homebrewer: The Beginnings

I love beer, and I’m assuming that since you are reading this, you love beer as well. Well, there’s only one thing I can think of better than drinking beer: brewing beer. I’ve had the thought of brewing beer on my mind for the better part of two years, but it has never come to fruition. That changed this fall when, for Christmas, I asked my sister (Santa?) for a brewing kit, and she came … Read entire article »

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