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  • Adjective Stout 2018 (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

    Ah yes, the annual adjective stout, aptly named due to there being a few adjectives before the word stout. This all started back in 2014, each year (2015, 2016, 2017 ) making a different one. This year’s adjectives are as follows: Jalapeño, cocoa tea, bourbon soaked in cocoa tea, cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, milk (lactose), and cinnamon…which is condensed in into what I am calling the Mexican hot chocolate stout. […]

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  • Saison with Wood Chips

    The use of wood with brewing goes back a ways. Aside from the use of barrels for fermentation and storage, back centuries ago, like Middle Ages centuries ago, certain places around the world would heat their mash and boil wort in wooden vats using hot rocks, the reason being direct fire would burn the wood they were using. This resulting brew became known as “steinbeer.” […]

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  • 100% Rye Beer

    Rye is an interesting malt, one which I don’t generally use too much (mainly due to it’s spicy character, and I don’t make a lot of beer with that character). I can occasionally enjoy a nice rye beer, but I tend to like more when used with lagers and lower hoppy beers. […]

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  • Quick Sour with Lactobacillus Hilgardii

    The only quickly done sours (aka kettle sour) that tastes OK to me are the ones with lighter malt. For some reason, when the darker quick sours tastes really one dimensional and weird. Almost like someone just squeezed some lemon into a dark beer. I think it has something to do with the lack of complexity that quick sours can bring combined with the tannins dark malt can bring, even if it’s small amounts? […]

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  • Steps to Making a Great IPA (Says a Dry West Cost Hop Douche)

    It took me years to finally get the right IPA, and by right IPA, I mean dry as fuck with exploding hop aroma and flavor. There were many trial and errors and factors that went into all my failed past attempts, which were well over a dozen, but alas, my tiny brain was able to finally put it all together AND on a constant basis. Here are the steps in my opinion (and facts) to making a great IPA: […]