Smoked Pumpkin Imperial Stout, a new creation from Brewmaster Jerry! It brings together two thing I love, brewing beer and smoking foods. So for another try at something different, I decided to smoke some pumpkins. It is really cool, I sourced the pumpkins from a former student. He grows them, and then gives a bunch of money to charity. So, this is a brew with a good cause being supported from it.
Time to get another piece of equipment, and time for the Cereal Killer Grain Mill review! This is a great piece of equipment that any all grain brewer should have in their arsenal. It took me a while to get one, as I often crushed my grain at the LHBS. Tired of paying a premium, and having access to some great uncrushed grain from Murmuration Malts, it showed me it was time to upgrade my equipment. If you are a video type person, fly over here to see it, and give me a follow!
A single hop experiment can be fun. When you are looking for a great brew to make over and over again, you have to have a good recipe. You also want to have a little variety in hops so you can have some fun too. So, this beckoned my Zombie Level 8 Series. I enjoyed Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, so I formulated a recipe that is homage to it. The great thing about about this is that it allows the hops to shine. Why level 8 you ask? 8 ounces of hops in each batch.
So this year, I continued my smoked homebrew brined turkey tradition for 2018. You can find out what I have done in the past here, here, and here. I think one of the coolest things I have done, since I started homebrewing, is using that homebrew to brine the turkey. The addition of the smoker was just a great one. In the end, it gives some really tasty bird and a fun project that a group can enjoy. Let’s face it. Not everyone will drink your beer. Not everyone can eat your turkey. Yet those who do, can enjoy a tasty treat.Continue reading
Dumping an infected batch. You don’t want to keep that around. So when do you cut ties and dump a batch? How about on day four after brewing? It was a rough choice, but I had to do it. I had to drain pour some bottles in the past, but a whole fermenter during the first stages is a new one for me.
The Growler Bro review, a tasty way to tweak your beers. So way back in July, I met up with the guys from Bouncer, and they told me about the new product coming out…. the GROWLER BRO. They gave me a prototype to play around with. Well, the real version is out now! I played around with a pack of three of the Growler Bro. If you want, you can see it in action with a video form here. So, initial thoughts on the Growler Bro. This is another awesome product that I didn’t know I needed. Tim and Doug do an amazing job at showing us things that we need in our homebrewing box of tricks.Continue reading
A new year starts, and New Beers Resolutions are made. So I am horrible. I can’t believe so much time has passed since my last post. I have some reviews to post, I have some beer related turkey posts, I have some recipe stuff, oh man oh man.
So I think since it has been 2 years since I made them, it is time for some New Beers Resolutions.
- POST MORE! I shouldn’t have let so much time go by. Holy cow…..it got away from me.
- BREW MORE!I should never have an empty kegerator. I should always have keg ready to tap.
- Continue my one hop zombie series. I have had a few beers made with the same base recipe and changed up the hops. I have some feedback coming soon on this.
- Hack away! Keep trying different equipment hacks to see what works and what doesn’t. I would love to help others through my mistakes and victories!
What’s on tap: Growler Bro review, Murmation Malt review, Brew In A Bag review, Cereal Crusher review, smoked homebrew brined turkey update, smoked pumpkin imperial stout experience, chatting with pro brewers, and much more! Stay tuned!
One sponsor of this website is the Bouncer Beer Filter. I have done some reviews for Doug and Tim for a little while now. I can say that I truly enjoy their products. They are open to feedback. I have always corresponded via instant messages or by email. I now know… it’s official, Tim and Doug are real, and they are not like Milli Vanilli! They are who they say they are; beer guys with some awesome homebrewing products. Meeting them in person was a blast!
So, in the daytime job, I am a teacher. It is not often that we get to travel for “work” . So, when the Beer God smiles, it is time to drink! I had a unique opportunity that sent me to a conference in Wilmington NC. Can you guess who is there? Yep, Tim and Doug from Bouncer, and they call this their hometown area. So I scheduled a meetup with the guys at their go to drinking hole, the Wilmington Brewing Company. A Sunday afternoon meeting for shenanigans and business discussions sounded perfect! We talked about current product offerings and a few things in the works.
Time to brew a new milkshake IPA, Neapolitan style! I devised a recipe to hopefully showcase all the flavors of a Neapolitan blend of flavors for my recipe, NEAPOLITAN DYNAMITE. What I got was an unexpected result. I loved brewing this and designing the recipe. I am already formulating my changes for the next revision.
Brew Night For A Milkshake IPA
So brew day came along, Continue reading
Smoked homebrew brined turkey, a gift from the gods! My turkey cooking has been evolving over the years now….this year to include the smoker! I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 brew that I had. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie stout for some nice malty flavors in the turkey. Oh, don’t forget that it is bacon wrapped and using a maple bourbon glaze! Let’s look at how this goes together to make a feast fit for a king.
The Homebrew Brine
First, I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 as the base of the homebrew brine. Continue reading