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Notes on Homebrewing

Meadventures: Making basic honey wine

Meadventures: Making basic honey wine

Scientists believe that the first alcoholic beverage ever made was a combination  of honey, and perhaps grains, that wild yeast and bacteria fermented spontaneously. Someone along the way decided to drink said beverage and voila! This honey wine/ beer mashup was nothing akin to our modern understanding of mead […]

Slaapdronken, a Chamomile Tripel

Slaapdronken, a Chamomile Tripel

Hubs and I have had so little time to brew lately it is embarrassing. We’ve been traveling, juggling crazy schedules, and I’ve been running around helping with private beer tastings, teaching my Beer Ed class and cooking up a storm, of course. In addition to all that great […]

3 Common Beer Myths Busted

3 Common Beer Myths Busted

Beer is a beautiful thing – A perfect balance of four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Recently I have been hearing vicious lies circulating about this wonderfully complex and diverse beverage causing people to dismiss entire categories or even colors of beer. Tragic, […]

“Emerald,” Dry Irish Stout Recipe

“Emerald,” Dry Irish Stout Recipe

Despite all the crazy homebrew recipes I tell you about, I’ve actually been making an effort over the last year to come back to basics a bit. This stout recipe is a delicious outcome of that goal: simple and lovely. There are lots of different […]

“The Bearded Lady,” Award winning blackberry stout recipe

“The Bearded Lady,” Award winning blackberry stout recipe

As some of you already know, we got some very exciting news last weekend – our blackberry Belgian stout, “The Bearded Lady” won a GOLD MEDAL in the “All American Homebrew Competition,”  a BJCP sanctioned contest hosted by the Cincinnati Malt Infusers. Obviously, we are […]