The idea of wild yeast capture, sometimes known by the much cooler name bioprospecting, for making beer has interested me for a long time. I have started down this path a couple of times, with my first attempt successfully capturing a yeast from a blend of Michigan grown apples pressed into cider. This was used in my first attempt at making … [Read more…]
About a year ago I decided that I would bottle my sour beers instead of kegging them. I figured I would want to have a variety of sours available to drink at any given time and kegging would mean I’d have to constantly rotate them in and out based on what I want to drink and also … [Read more…]
In my previous post, I talked about making a beer for Arbor Brewing Company’s competition, RatFest. Well the day have come and gone, the beer was served, and sadly we did not win any awards for it, but that’s OK! The festival itself was a great time with many good and plenty of interesting beers available, … [Read more…]
For the post-event update, click here. On November 13th I participated in brew session at Arbor Brewing Company‘s Ypsilanti location to make a beer for a semi-regular event/competition called Rat Fest. The goal is to come up with something off the wall, yet enjoyable, and you brew enough to fill couple of 5 gal kegs on … [Read more…]
I’ve decided I need to enter more competitions. I think my beer is good, I often have a lot of it available, so why not see if I can win some awards? I ended up entering four beers and a cider in the 2016 Michigan Beer Cup. The beers I entered were my Mild, Golden Ale, … [Read more…]
It’s time to make a wheat beer, something I’ve not done outside of my Dunkeweizen. This beer will be brewed for a club competition involving honey, and is modeled on an old English style, West Country, or Devon, White Ale.
I’m getting on my soapbox again with this post, and it seems my opinion isn’t the most popular, but I really don’t understand how a Black IPA can be a thing. Not every hoppy beer has to be an IPA!
This the second post on my issues with my first sour beer and details how I plan to fix it. It wont be a quick process, but at this point I am confident that I have plan to turn this beer around and make it something enjoyable.
After waiting a year for my first sour beer, I have run into some trouble, mainly that my beer is not at all sour! This post enumerates the problems, and a follow up post will detail the possible fixes.