Month: September 2015

Northern Brewer is Smashing Pumpkins One Gallon At A Time

Tis’ the season.  Pumpkin Spice lattes, Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin Oreos, Pumkin Dunkin Donuts, Pumpkin Vodka, Pumpkin Pringles and of course the Smashing Pumpkin Ale homebrew kit from Northern Brewer.  I was given the opportunity to brew this all pumpkin everything fall inspired beer and it was loads of fun, as it was my first 1 gallon small batch.  Below is my brew day and process.  Now let’s get get out the yoga pants and Uggs and get pumpkin wasted! Northern Brewer Smashing Pumpkin Ale Extract Kit 1Collect 1.25 gallons of water.  You will want a minimum of a 2 gallon kettle for the boil.Everything inside the...

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Does Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine Live Up to the Sneakiness?

Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine ABV: 8% IBU: ? The IPA world is enduring a massive shakeup with new beers hitting the market with flavor profiles that shake the traditional IPA. We already saw Julius slide in the rankings like Emilio from Mr Deeds and claim the tops spot amongst some very seasoned and very comfortable IPAs. The number two position on Beer Advocate was just taken over by Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine, an IPA that really should be considered an Imperial or Double IPA. Does this beer live up to its sneakiness? Watch the video above and find out....

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The Shape of Hops To Come and My Perception of Bitterness (video)

Neshaminy Creek The Shape of Hops To Come ABV: 8.5%  IBU: 98 Mitch Steele Brewmaster at Stone Brewing states we can only perceive bitterness up to 70-80 IBUs. So what’s up with all the 100 IBUs beers? The hop bombs? The palate wreckers? On the other side of the IBU debate, Researchers at Penn State University say it really depends on the person and the genetics passed down. Today I take on Neshaminy Creek The Shape of Hops To Come and put my “bitterness ceiling” to the test in the video above. I for one could taste the 98 IBUs unlike...

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Top 5 Beer Innovations

Craft beer has expanded so rapidly with an ever increase in quality but there are a few things that have been overlooked in this explosion. Irving gives his list of top 5 beer innovations that he wants to see implemented in the market. To make our first world problems a thing of the past! Did I forget something? If so leave it in the comment section below....

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