Category Archives: Homebrew

Homebrew Session: 2013 BetterBeerBlog Christmas Ale – Mocha Milk Stout

It’s Christmas Eve Day, and if you’ve been following along, I’ve missed several days worth of posts for the current 12 Beers of Christmas review series. I do have a good reason though; I came down with a cold that … Continue reading

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Homebrew Session: 2012 Harvest Pale Ale

For the past several years, I’ve been growing hops in my backyard. The desire to grow hops came directly from my interest in homebrewing. It was an experiment that has literally, born fruit (or in this case flowers), that have … Continue reading

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Homebrew Session: “Drop It Like It’s Hopped” Hoppy Hefeweizen (All-Grain)

In retrospect, there’s a lot of things I could’ve done to make this beer better. This was my very first all-grain batch, and for better or worse, it was a “teachable moment”. This was a beer I brewed before using … Continue reading

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Breaking Bread: How to Mill your Spent Grain

So, you’ve just finished homebrewing and now you’re staring at a huge pile of spent grain wondering what do do with it. Worst case, you could just throw it away, but that would be a waste of a perfectly viable … Continue reading

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2012 BetterBeerBlog Hop Harvest

If you don’t already know, hops are the cone-shaped flowers of the hop plant. These flowers are more than just ornamental, they are responsible for giving the craft beers we love their distinctive bitterness, flavors, and aromas. We grow 4 … Continue reading

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Beer in Review: Hardly Thomas Barleywine from Firehouse Brewery & Grill

Had the opportunity to visit Firehouse Brewery & Grill recently to try their latest seasonal. The newest brew is called Hardly Thomas and it’s an example of an English-style barleywine. The name Hardly Thomas is a clever nod to an infamous English-style … Continue reading

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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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Homebrew Session: Experimental Sour Dough Ale

BetterBeerBlog friend and supporter Arie, is a breadmaker, among other things. It's not something he does for a living but for fun. Over the years he's fine-tuned his breadmaking skills and nowadays, Arie enjoys incorporating brewing ingredients into his bread, … Continue reading

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2011 Dickens Fair Best of Beer Competition Recap

A couple of weekends ago, I was given the privilege to judge at the Best of Show table at the Worts of Wisdom sponsored Best of Brew homebrew competition. The Best of Brew competition is a little different than other homebrew competitions … Continue reading

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Homebrew Session: Christmas Milk Stout

Ah… the holidays! Most people stress out this time of the year. There are family gatherings to plan for, meals to be cooked and, of course, presents to shop for. As my siblings and cousins start to have children of … Continue reading

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