Thanks to wonderful brewing texts like “Brewing with Wheat“, I’ve known about the existence of Gose (pronounced goes-uh), though I can’t say I ever gave it too much thought until I recently enjoyed my first taste of a Gose. The Gose from Westbrook Brewing is fantastic! It melds all the flavors one should expect from the … More Going for the Gose!
There are over 2,000 breweries in the United States with new ones opening each day. With each brewery producing several styles of beer it’s no wonder every week I seem to stumble upon an article about a lawsuit, or a cease and desist over a trademarked name of some beer. As the craft beer market … More The Value of Beer Naming
It’s been a few weeks since I put the Grodziskie in the keg. When I kegged it, it had a solid smokey aroma, but not as overwhelming as some smoked beers I’ve had in the past – it certainly wasn’t “bacon in a bottle”. Orlasky’s Farmhouse Grodziskie Appearance – A very hazy beer, but that’s … More Grodziskie (Gratzer) Followup
It was about a year ago that I first heard about a beer called Gratzer (which I would later learn was the name given after WWII to a beer style known as Grodziskie, Gratzer being the German name for it). It’s a style of beer that appears to have been unique to Poland(originating in the … More Grodziskie – a Polish Original
This was not a good year for my hops. They started out strong, but there were a few dry stretches, and I didn’t trim them nearly as well as I should have so I’m not ending up with many hops on the bines. The Cascade did really well, but both the Nugget and Centennial sort … More Wet Hopping an ESB.
About a year ago a neighbor of mine got me in to top cropping. After a couple close calls with glass carboys I had already been thinking of switching back to buckets or going to Better Bottles. However when I talked to him about top cropping I got so intrigued by the idea that I … More Top Cropping: A Three Beer Run
So I was finally able to have a brewday where I had the opportunity to test out my new Blichmann Hop Rocket. I’ve been coveting one of these for awhile but never pulled the trigger on it as there were many other things that had a higher priority in my homebrew setup. Fortunately my dad … More My New Hop Rocket
One of the things I’ve had problems with recents has been my March Pump. It’s the 809HS model and it’ll get some cavitation issues, especially when pumping hot wort. This is a common problem, and one of the the reasons I most hear for this issue is that the impeller in the 809 is really … More March Pump Upgrade
My most recent brewing session was influenced by re-reading both the fine books “Brewing with Wheat” by Stan Hieronymus and “Farmhouse Ales” by Phil Markowski. While I do enjoy a lot of the Abbey style of beers that came out of and were inspired by Belgian brewers, it’s the other styles from that fine brewing … More Samurai Saison
Earlier in the week I went ahead with my first brew day since the 5th of January! It’s hard to fathom that it’s been that long. I guess that being able to brew commercially at Rogues Harbor kept me from going crazy; but I just can’t shake the quest to do something creative and new. … More Bad Kitty Pils