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Published in: on August 30, 2008 at 12:49 pm  Comments (2)  
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Generally speaking there are two styles of homebrewers, those who brew the same beer again and again until they get it right. And those who brew a different style of beer for every batch.

Brewing a different style every time is great fun, and allows you to search around homebrewing as a hobby. You also learn a lot about culture and history, as each style developed in a different geographical location and at different points throughout history. Every style has its specific water and specific hop availability and acclimated yeast. Producing any of these beers in your own home is a very rewarding experience.

When bearing down on a specific beverage for your own personal environment, all of these factors come into play and, in small quantities some can make huge differences and take time to figure out. Eventually you tweak your recipe to be perfect for your situation. Brewing the same beer again and again and producing it with some consistency takes some knowledge and experience and a whole lot of fun.

One of the most common questions we hear and generally the most difficult to answer is the question of yeast differences. All yeasts will be different in some way(s). Whether or not YOU can tell the difference is ultimately a matter of your own palate.

Published in: on August 30, 2008 at 1:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Olympic Tip of the Week

Check the spigot on your primary fermenter with a little extra water before each use in order to make sure it doesn’t leak. Leaks are the cause of great consternation and in almost all cases are avoidable.

The plastic spigot consists of three pieces: spigot, gasket, nut. Probably you are so spoiled by the internet that you think a graphic should accompany this text. No chance, you have to use your own imagination. The spigot is a plastic somewhat phallic tube, the gasket is a rubber, and the nut is….come now, you can fill in that blank!

If your spigot does leak, please contact the poison control center nearest you. Or, more specifically, remove contact lenses, take off contaminated clothing, sip a glass of water if able to swallow, and induce vomiting if comfortable. If male, have your prostate checked, if not, don’t.

If you get wet and sticky in some future fermentation mishap, enjoy yourself!!!

Published in: on August 12, 2008 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Blow Off Tube

A quick reminder that the warmer summer temperatures make for faster fermentations. If your yeast burns through the primary fermentation and then stops, don’t be alarmed. It is perfectly normal at this time of year and will be for a couple more months.

Because of these fast fermentations you may need a blow-off tube on your primary regardless of the style of beer brewed. Please be sure to be around for the first 2-3 days of your primary fermentation. If you brew a beer and then take off for a few days and come home to a blown lid then you have a bigger mess on your hands than coming home from work and finding a freshly blown lid from a vigorous fermentation.

Just keep a close eye on all your beers while the temperatures are warmer. And if your primary shares space with all your clothing in your closet then Please keep close tabs on it. A sugary explosion all over your clothes is no fun to clean up.

Published in: on August 2, 2008 at 12:49 am  Comments (3)