Beer

beverages made from malt and hops

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

The State of Craft Beer in Ireland

I went to Ireland and checked in on the state of craft beer.  (I suffer so for my art.) I simply had to go to Dublin  this summer.  The European Beer Bloggers Conference was there, and it was a good excuse to go to Ireland, not that I really needed […]

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Finding beer in Montgomery County, MD: the County as distributor

Which beers can you find in Montgomery County Maryland?  How do you know? Why do we care? Why is finding beer (if you care about which beer) so hard? I’ve lived in Maryland for thirteen years this time around, but I’ve been resident in so many states I have trouble keeping […]

Cherry Blues

Cherry Blues

It’s going to be a tough year for cherry melomels, cherry wheat beer, cherry lambic, and (sob!) cherry pie. I have a cherry mel in secondary that needs a boost.  It’s a bit thin, and the cherry flavor could be better.  Of course, it’s January – not a fresh cherry […]

Gruit recipe from BaltiBrew

Gruit recipe from BaltiBrew

Baltimore Brew Festival hosted a Gruit Ale competition last night.  I asked whether they would post their recipes on their website – don’t have an answer yet.  One of the competitors did send me his.  Good gruit is hard to find, so I thought I’d share.   Ryan Boddy’s Gruit […]

Makin' the White House Honey Porter

Makin’ the White House Honey Porter

I am gearing up to try the White House Honey Porter recipe this weekend.  There are a few mysteries in the two beer recipes released by the White House, which of course are being widely discussed among homebrewers as many of us buy the ingredients to check these puppies out.  […]

White House Honey Porter and Honey Ale

White House Honey Porter and Honey Ale

The White House has finally released the recipes for President Obama’s Honey Porter and Honey Ale, made with honey from the beehives on the South Lawn.  The White House is reporting this as the first beer ever made on the White House grounds. I live in the DC megaplex.  Let’s […]

My first designer beer (recipe included)

My first designer beer (recipe included)

I haz designed my first beer and I like it a lot! I’m pretty picky, mind you. This batch of beer is only about 4%  and has an FG of 1.024; to me it tastes plenty sweet.  The nose has plenty of  fruit; banana comes through, and a hint of […]

Books for Brewers: Basic List of Books of Modern How-To on Beer and Mead

Books for Brewers: Basic List of Books of Modern How-To on Beer and Mead

This is my collection of books of modern how-to on beer and mead – all the books I currently have in my library plus a few.   There are even a few country-wine-and-liqueur books here.  Suggestions for additions are welcome; so are corrections.  Maybe there’s something here you haven’t seen before […]

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Books for Brewers: Historical Primary Sources for Brewers

Most recently updated October 21, 2017 I am chagrined each time I see someone online asking whether there are period sources.  You bet there are!  Here is a running list of historical primary sources for brewers. Secondary sources are on another blog post, yet another has modern how-to books,  and there’s one […]

Great beer recipes - in Popular Mechanics??

Great beer recipes – in Popular Mechanics??

Of all places, Popular Mechanics has some very good beer articles.  One selection of ten basic brewing recipes caught my eye.  Trying to choose ten recipes that provide a decent range of all the different kinds of beer is a pretty challenging task any day.  Because the first page gives […]

Whiskey Barrel Stout

Whiskey Barrel Stout

For a 5 gallon batch Ingredients FERMENTABLES: 6.6 lb. Special Dark LME, 1 lb. Amber DME SPECIALTY GRAINS:  6 oz. Roasted Barley; 8 oz. Dark Chocolate; 8 oz. Caramel 90L HOPS: .5 oz. Warrior Bittering; 1 oz. Fuggle Flavoring YEAST: Safale-04 first hydrated in dry malt and warm water OAK […]

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Class notes from a class I taught in the Fall of 2008. Beer There are three primary ingredients in a beer:  malted grain, hops, and water.  Yeast is used to ferment the beverage and carbonate it.  Ale (widely used in period) is beer without hops:  malted grain, water, yeast.  You […]