2014 Hoboken Chili Cook-off and Homebrewing Competition

January 1st, 2014

HV_chili_2014-small The 5th annual Hoboken Volunteers Chili Cook-off and Homebrewing Competition is right around the corner.  Homebrewers, signup up through our google form here.  As in prior years, there will be a best in show style judging and a people choice awards with hundreds of dollars in prizes.  Because of limited space at the event, there will be a limit of 20 entries and all entrants must have their beer present at the event to serve.

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Learn to Homebrew Day, Nov 2nd, 2013

October 23rd, 2013

lthd13Saturday, Nov 2nd, is AHA’s 15th annual “Learn to Homebrew Day”.  I realize most of you reading my blog are probably already Homebrewers, so go out an find a friend a teach them about this wonderful hobby/obsession!  If you’re looking to learn how to homebrew, there are tons of events out there being put on by homebrew shops and brew clubs.  My Local Homebrew supply store, Cask and Kettle in Boonton NJ, has an event on Nov 2nd.  You can also check out the AHA’s website to find events in your area.  Relax Learn and have a Homebrew!

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Recipe – Clan Kennedy Wee Heavy – Scottish Ale

October 21st, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 10.08.32 AMI really love this beer Wee Heavy; it’s big, rich, and malty. It scored a 40 at the New Jersey State Fair this year, which I was very happy about. I’ll probably be entering it in next year’s NHC with a couple small tweaks.  I’ll definitely be using RO water and may had a hint of peat smoke.
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Simply Peter on Fuhmentaboudit!

October 9th, 2013

Most of the people I know are not big beer geeks or avid homebrewers, so it’s not every day I get to sit down and discuss my beer at length.  But, Monday night Mary Izett and Chris Cuzme invited me on their weekly radio show, Fuhmentaboudit!, to do just that!  It was so much fun talking about my bacon beer, smoked malts, building my jockey box and so much more.  That 30 minutes felt like 5 minutes, I wish we had more time to talk more.  Check out the show on Heritage Radio Network, http://www.heritageradionetwork.org/episodes/4844-Fuhmentaboudit-Episode-44-Simply-Peter-Bacon-Iron-Brewers-More!

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DIY – Building a Hop Spider

August 28th, 2013

hop-spider-finalThis is one of the easiest, high reward DIY projects you can do as a homebrewer.  For just over $25 and about 10 minutes of your time you can build a hop spider which will dramatically reduce the hop particles and other particulates in your beer.

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Building and Brewing Your Own Session Beer

August 23rd, 2013

session-beer-fermentingAre session beers the next big thing for the craft beer drinkers and homebrewers?  I don’t know about you, these sub 5% abv beers are for me.  Session beers are my go to beer now; a beer with great flavors that is not going to mess you up after a glass or two.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a big beer here and there, but almost any day of the week I’m going to gravitate towards the lower abv beers.

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