Upgraded Brewpot

I made a pretty significant upgrade to my brewing rig yesterday.

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Brewing

I made my first batch of beer sometime in late 2000, with my close friend and fellow “residency widower,” Todd, in Minnesota. Medical residency is a long and lonely process for the spouse, and I developed a fine set of skills and hobbies waiting for it to be over. Over the years, I’ve learned from . . . → Read More: Brewing

It has begun

The fresh wine grapes arrived in Providence yesterday. Today, I got 12 gallons of juice. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio. It has been “stilled” with the trusty Campden tablets, and in 24 hours the Montrachet yeast goes in. This satisfies the desire to do *something* … but the concurrent requirement that we not mess up . . . → Read More: It has begun

Brewing day!

I’m totally psyched about brewing day. capital_l and technolope are coming down this afternoon at a time to be determined by how late they stayed up “playing video games and drinking” last night. I’ve got my guess … but we’ll see what reality provides. Two batches, a stout and a west coast ale.

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Fresh air

I have no idea what the weather is like where you are, but here it’s 53 degrees and brilliantly sunny. I’ve got all the windows wide open, and I’m exchanging the slightly musty air in the house for clean, fresh, chilly air. Climbing around in the crawl space must have kicked up a bunch of . . . → Read More: Fresh air

Beer!

My beer approaches! Come to me, beer!

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Hoppity, hoppity…

Cracked the first of the “Tongue splitter” west coast style IPA this evening. God DAMN that’s some hoppy beer. Admittedly, I knew what I was getting into. Instead of the standard two hop additions (one for bittering, and one for the hop aroma) this beast included SIX, of which two were “dry hops.” That means . . . → Read More: Hoppity, hoppity…