Author Archives: The Rabid Brewer

About The Rabid Brewer

Homebrewer gone rabid: 50 all grain batches (in first year of brewing), 3 fermentation freezers, 1 bottle fridge, 8 Ranco controllers, 16 carboys, 20 airlocks, 6 Erlenmeyer flasks, 2 stir plates, 20+ ribbons (including NHC West 1st place for American Ale two years running), Certified Beer Judge, way too much beer and lots of mistakes. Learn to brew and brew to learn, but if it ain't good, dump it!

Homebrew Competition Alert: World Cup of Beer

The World Cup of Beer Homebrew Competition is one of the few large local competitions where winning a ribbon earns you bragging rights. In past years, the number of entries have regularly exceeded 600 many of which come from some … Continue reading

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Oktoberbest at Harry’s Hofbrau, San Jose

Sorry for the late notice, but Harry’s is kicking off their Oktoberfest celebration tonight in San Jose. Who: Harry’s Hofbrau What: Oktoberfest kickoff featuring Schneider (see below for tap list) Where: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129 … Continue reading

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Homebrew Equipment – Steam Infused Mash

I’ve been getting some questions lately on my steam powered mash setup. So, I thought I’d break my long hiatus from the BetterBeerBlog with a post on the subject. For those of you not familiar with the brewing process, first … Continue reading

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K&L Cider Tasting

Author: The Rabid Brewer K&L in Redwood City hosts Saturday beer tastings roughly once a month. Tonight, K&L buyer Bryan Brick is doing something a bit different and hosting a Friday evening Cider tasting. Who: K&L Wine Merchants What: Special … Continue reading

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K&L Beer Tasting – Winter Beers

Author: The Rabid Brewer K&L is a wine store in Redwood City that also has a wonderful selection of craft beer. Roughly once a month, K&L buyer Bryan Brick organizes and hosts a beer tasting event that features 8-10 beers. … Continue reading

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January Homebrew Club Meetings

Author: The Rabid Brewer If you’re a homebrewer living in the Bay Area looking for other like-minded individuals, you won’t have far to travel. Here’s a list of active clubs and this month’s meeting schedule. Friday, 1/7 @ 7:00 PM … Continue reading

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12 Beers of Christmas – Day 8: Yule Smith Holiday Ale

Author: The Rabid Brewer On the eighth day of Christmas, my homebrew-club-gift-exchange gave to me… a bottle of Yule Smith Holiday Ale. This festively decorated bottle from Alesmith Brewing Company looks right at home under the family Christmas Tree. Alesmith … Continue reading

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November Homebrew Club Meetings

Author: The Rabid Brewer If you’re a homebrewer living in the Bay Area looking for other like-minded individuals, you won’t have far to travel. Here’s a list of active clubs and this month’s meeting schedule. Friday, 11/5 @ 7:00 PM … Continue reading

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Book Review: Yeast

Author: The Rabid Brewer A Prelude (The Rant of a Book Worm) On a recent brew day, I posited (to a gathered group of fellow homebrewers) that the current surge in homebrewing was due in part to the greater availability … Continue reading

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Oaktoberfest Judging Recap

Author: The Rabid Brewer Judging for this year’s second annual Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition was held today in Pleasanton. The competition is run by the Mad Zymurgists in association with the Oaktoberfest Craft Beer Festival which will take place this coming … Continue reading

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