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Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

At the early time of 8 AM on a Saturday, a dozen local homebrewing enthusiasts showed up to a quiet Al’s of Hampden, ready to help contribute to a brew day. The beer, aptly called Homebrewers Belgian Pale Ale, is slated to be tapped on National Homebrew Day on May 3.  I was one of the homebrewers eager to attend and help out. We started out by learning how automated the system is compared to what … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: My First Cider – Tasting & Bottling

Novice Homebrewer: My First Cider – Tasting & Bottling

Roughly two weeks ago, I wrote about a sudden inspiration to attempt to brew my own hard cider.  I worked with what I had available to me –  a couple of Mr. Beer fermenters and a spare growler I had laying around – very much winging the whole thing. After a relatively easy “brew day”, the concoction bubbled away rather furiously for a little over a week before finally settling down.  As fermentation slowed, the airlock … Read entire article »

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Novice Homebrewer: My First Cider – The Adventure Begins

Novice Homebrewer: My First Cider – The Adventure Begins

I’m not the best homebrewer. Those familiar with my attempt at a “Liver Lascerator Lager” in college recall the results: an overly-aggressive attempt at bottle priming to boost the ABV resulted in disaster – an overly-sweet, under-alcoholic mess.  Think of a Miller Lite with a tablespoon of sugar added, and you’ll have a decent idea for the taste.  As such, my first attempt at brewing a beer didn’t go so well, and I haven’t attempted it … Read entire article »

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Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

Guest Post: Three Headed Dog

Editor’s Note: This is another of what we hope are many contributions from our readers. 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 share anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know! This post specifically is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Stout

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: 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 »

Filed under: American Brown Ale, Beer, Brew It Yourself

Mr. Steve’s Homebrew and Wine Supplies- Camp Hill Location

Mr. Steve’s Homebrew and Wine Supplies- Camp Hill Location

As I reported via Twitter when I made my very first visit to a homebrew shop (Mr. Steve’s in York, PA), Mr. Steve’s was opening a third location in Camp Hill, PA. In my opinion this is a great asset to the Harrisburg area, as the existing supply shop in Lemoyne is only open twice a week, and one of those days is Wednesday and they close at 5 PM. Those aren’t very convenient hours … 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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