Crabapple Hard Cider: A Grand Experiment!

Let me preface this by saying that although we are home brewers, we have no real idea on how to make cider. Sure, we hear the process is pretty similar, and there is a huge amount of online how-to information, but there seem to be so many different variables, such as the type of apples […]

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“99 Bottles IPA” Beer Labels!

Recently, I won a beer label contest, meaning that my artwork is on actual beer brewed by actual strangers who sell beer for money. This is kind of a big deal for me, so let me share all the details, along with pictures and a podcast of me talking about this blog on the local […]

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Heeland Coo: A Scottish Heather Ale

Our latest batch of beer has just finished, and we’ve poured a few for ourselves and friends. It’s a Scottish Heather Ale, and we’ve named it Heeland Coo. Our Scottish Heather Ale is made with heather instead of hops, an ancient Scottish practice when people were still inventing beer and putting weird plants into things […]

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Second Batch of Beer: An Apricot Wheat/Blonde with Belgian Yeast

This past weekend, we brewed our second ever batch of beer. As you remember, last time we brewed a strong, dark, Imperial Stout. It was our first batch, and while the beer turned out great, we also had a lot to learn from. The kitchen was very sticky when we were done (strong, dark beers […]

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Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 5 – Tasting!

This post is part of our ongoing series chronicling our adventures in home brewing. You can read our previous installments here: Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 1 – Research From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 2 – Choosing Equipment Getting Started with Home Brewing: […]

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Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 4 – Bottling Day!

This post is part of our ongoing series chronicling our adventures in home brewing. You can read our previous installments here: Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 1 – Research From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 2 – Choosing Equipment Getting Started with Home Brewing: […]

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Design Notebook: Craft Beer Label Artwork

One of the things that we like to do is to go into our friendly neighborhood liquor store and browse the shelves and shelves of microbrews. We might pick up a bottle to share, we might get ideas for our next trip, we might just be acquainting ourselves with available local brews. What is fascinating […]

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Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 3 – Brewing our First Batch

This post is part of our ongoing series chronicling our adventures in home brewing. You can read our previous installments here: Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 1 – Research From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 2 – Choosing Equipment Michael and I would like […]

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Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 2 – Choosing Equipment

This post is part of our ongoing series chronicling our adventures in home brewing. You can read our previous installments here: Getting Started with Home Brewing: Step 1 – Research From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing We decided months ago that our investment in our homebrewing adventures would be Michael’s birthday […]

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From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing

Like any great and interesting hobby with a long and glorious tradition, getting started with home brewing means beefing up our library shelves with more books. Here are the ones we’ve acquired so far: Beer Craft: Six-Packs from Scratch by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill This adorable volume is about the size, shape, and bright […]

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