Month: August 2014

Nightmare Before Christmas: A Pumpkin Beer Recipe

Nightmare Before Christmas You may be thinking about Jack Skeleton but I am actually talking about pumpkin beer.  Pumpkin beer in August?  You’re probably thinking I better get out of here with that mess and write about a refreshing brew that will quench your thirst on those hot August days but, as a homebrewer one must always be thinking ahead. Fall is right around the corner and what better way to ring in the new season than a pumpkin beer.  Let’s get one thing straight.  I am typically not a vegetable beer fan or really even a spiced beer...

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Jasonia Saison: A Hennepin clone beer

Hombrew and Weddings Jason M took the plunge this weekend and got married to his lovely wife Sonia. Since we are both home brewers we wanted to infuse a little of our skill into the overall wedding and brew beer tailored for the wedding, something that we would both enjoy and the guests would also find tasty. Also this was going to be a summer wedding so we wanted to brew beers that would be great to have during a hot day all gussied up in our Sunday best, so we eventually agreed on an IPA and a Saison. Jason chose to...

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Stone the RuinTen Crows! (video)

Stone RuinTen I purchased Stone RuinTen about two weeks ago and didn’t drink it because it was so high in alcohol that I wanted to leave it for the weekend. Yesterday I worked out and I felt like I deserved a treat, so into my glass and out through my … :) Yes I know I probably drank what I worked off thus negating the workout but F it! From the moment you open the beer you can smell the resin citrus wafting through the air. It grips you right in the privates and says “Come here. Taste me!”...

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Beer and Beer Memories and Beer: A Timeline

  I grew up in Michigan, Saginaw to be exact, an old General Motors town with union bars and cheap beer.  I think relaxing after work meant a cold beer and sitting on a deck… at least that is what I saw as a kid growing up. Here’s what beers mean to me as seen thorough my timeline of beer memories: My Beer Memories Timeline 1998 My older brother and I both lived together in Kalamazoo during college. So of course Bells was the beer, and really the only well known local brewery at the time. Talk about being ahead of...

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Bling Bling Sucka! Building My Keggle

If you know me, then you know I have the attention span of a small squirrel and am easily distracted by shiny things.  Wait…..what?  Sorry, I just saw something shiny. It was only natural that I bring my attention grabbing obsession to my homebrew setup.  Now, I know that at long as it makes beer one should not be concerned with how it looks.  But, I say if it makes good beer and can look good while doing it, why not?  This is why I decided that polishing my keggles was my next step in my brewery set up. ...

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