Wedding beer prototype #1: European lager

I haven’t posted a beer recipe/review in a while! Here’s one for a European style lager that I’ve been working on. The beer fits best in BJCP Category 5C German helles exportbier (not that I’m overly concerned with that). This is a prototype for a beer that I intend to brew 100L of for the wedding of two dear friends. The goal…

Fermenting and kegging with sankes

I’m a huge fan of sanke kegs. I use them not only for serving my beer, but also for fermenting my beer. A couple months back I detailed my intended set up for fermenting and kegging with sankes – now, after a couple ferments there have been some minor changes, and I must say overall it’s been working quite well! This is…

The ultimate keg fridge

As some followers of this blog know, I have a penchant for an obsession with shiny things. In the last year I’ve spent a lot of time on building my new brewery… and with this new brewery, I have a slightly larger brewing capacity. Each brew day typically leaves me with a full 50L keg of beer to share. These 50L kegs take up a…

This beer is a simple beer

The first brew on my new system wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. A learning experience to be sure. I had my concerns that what I created wouldn’t be palatable at all. 2 weeks later I was pleasantly surprised by the result; a lovely session IPA. I used a super simple grain bill and hop schedule. So simple that this beer is ALMOST a SMaSH…

My brewing attitudes and preferences

When I started homebrewing in 2010, I was hugely motivated by costs. I loved beer, and I was a broke university student. While not much has changed in regards to my situation (still a broke student as I decided to take on a couple graduate degrees), my attitude towards brewing has progressed.