Instant Bartender, Just Add Water

Sparkling Water on a homebrew blog? What? Yes yes, for anyone with a kegging system, or for anyone contemplating a kegging system. Or if you are trying to keep some plastic water bottles out of the landfill. Jacking some CO2 into a keg is about the easiest thing to accomplish that falls under the “homebrew” umbrella. And it’s good for the ego. Everyone will think you are a genius.

If ever you needed to sell your significant other on ramping up your hobby to include kegs, this is the way to do it. Five gallons of sparkling water on hand saves an awful lot of plastic and the bottles that are already around can be filled and carted off to work, the gym, the car, wherever the keg cannot go easily. The thing to do is have one keg dedicated to the water and refill it immediately once empty.

One of the fun things about kegging your own homebrew and having CO2 at your disposal is that you quickly realize there is no limit to carbonated beverages. Creating your own sparkling water is the first, easiest, and most practical step. After beer of course.

How about carbonated iced coffee for the summer? Wine coolers? Green tea? Without getting too carried away, having carbonated water on hand also creates endless mixing possibilities. Any and every fruit juice combines well with it, as does vodka, gin, and a lot of other liquids.

Why have one keg when you can have two? Why stop at two when you can have three? Do it to it, stainless steel never goes out of style.

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Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 12:50 am  Comments (8)  

Cherry Season

Congratulations to all our customers who have begun brewing beers with different herbs and spices. More experimentation is taking place every day and we are fortunate to occasionally be on the receiving end of a sampling session.

Thank you to our friend who let us sample his excellent turmeric and mandarin orange beer. If you missed the first round of mandarins, don’t sweat, the next variety will be coming into harvest soon. Just keep watching for them at the markets. The different mandarin varieties come into season at different times and the next ones will be along very soon.

At the moment the cherries are delicious and the cherries only stay in season for about 10 minutes so if you want any buy them NOW! It is easy to buy fruit when it’s in season and prepare it for brewing and then freeze it until you are ready to brew that particular beer. On the chance you are not ready immediately, that is. Cherries generally lend themselves well to darker beers, porters and stouts, as well as meads.

If you have a recipe that is so good you’d like to share it please let us know. We will spread the word.

Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment