Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My favorite brewing how-to book, How to Brew by John Palmer is available for free in its entirety online.  I will put a permanent link to it in the sidebar.

Step by step brewing videos for Hard Cider

So if you are going to brew a hard cider with Mr. Beer, how do you do it step by step?  These videos from Mr. Beer were very helpful to me before I brewed for the first time.

Step #1: Sanitize - Video tells you how to sanitize your Mr. Beer fermenter.

Step #2: Brew Hard Cider w/ fruit.

Ferment for several weeks.

Step #3: Bottling.

Step #4: Cleaning your Mr. Beer keg.

These are a pretty painless way to study for your first Mr. Beer brewing experience.  A complete list of how to videos are here.

"Frankenbier" Schedule

So, after discussion, it occurred to me that the Halloween party would be an appropriate place to unveil the "Frankenbier" every year.  This is what I propose: every year we get together between Labor Day and mid-September to have the Frankenbier Brew Day event, and then we unveil it at the Village Halloween party.

So this year I'm thinking maybe Saturday September 8th, or Saturday September 15th.  Thoughts?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Last night, whilst mooching a growler of pale ale from our resident master brewer Nathan Riley, we happened upon an idea.  Mr. Riley has assorted specialty grains, and some hops left over in cold storage.  I have assorted malts, extracts, hops, and yeasts left over in cold storage as well.  Since we are both loathe to let "potential" beer go to waste, this is what we came up with:

As a VBAWG event (possibly annual), we should brew a "Frankenbier".  Each member or interested party comes to the assigned brewing location with whatever they have left over that they would like to get rid of.  This can be anything: base malts, specialty malts, extracts (dry or syrup), hops, yeasts, adjuncts, etc.  No one should tell what they're bringing to anyone else.  The challenge is then to assemble a "drinkable" recipe from these items and brew it.  Problems solved: We rid the world of the scourge of uncontrolled beer ingredient leftover proliferation, and we make a (possibly good) beer as a group.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Greg's Fathers Day IPA (PA?)" is Bubbling away like crazy.  Good ol Safale S04.

Since I had hops left over, I got the grain to do an English Mild Ale.  The grain bill for my system assuming 60% efficiency is:

7 Lb. Maris Otter
0.4 Lb CaraAmber 27L
0.4 Lb Crystal 60L
0.2 Lb Chocolate Malt

This is about half of my first AG batch grain bill! Should be much easier to mash and sparge.

Got me another Safale S04 as well. Going to hop it with 1 oz Willamette for 30 min for about 20 IBU.  Says it should be around 3.2 % ABV and 14.7 SRM balance on the malty side.

Check Out What's on Tap!

Click the link "What's on Tap" on the right to see what we're serving up!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Home Brewing and Beer News Now Available

For anyone interested in home brewing and craft beers I have put together a daily newspaper that contains: information on brewing supplies, conversations, news and information called The Homebrew Daily Villager.

The paper is created daily from a special list of Twitter feeds curated by me.  I listed sources that I thought would be interesting to home brewers and craft beer fans particularly in the Village Beer and Wine Guild.

You can subscribe to be notified of new additions by email in the upper right area of the Villager.  I do believe the paper auto detects mobile browsers and delivers a touchscreen friendly version to smartphones.

Let me know how this works for you.