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Learn to Homebrew Day, Nov 2nd, 2013

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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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DIY – Building a Hop Spider

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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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NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition Score Review

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

scoresheet-nj-statefair2NJ State Fair homebrew competitions is one of my favorites, probably because I won best in show in 2010, but it’s also my home state largest competition and I like to “brew” local.  Unfortunately this year I didn’t win or place in any of the categories I entered.  However, I thought I would share the results of my entries with you and they are not all pretty.

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NHC2013 retrospective

Friday, July 19th, 2013

nhc club nightA couple weeks ago I went to my first Nation Homebrewers Conference (NHC) and it was probably one of the best beer events I’ve been to in a long time. So what took me so long to write about it? I figured if waited a bit I would really only remember the real highlights and lowlights. Being from Jersey, I was thrilled that this years NHC would be just a quick car ride down the turnpike; Philly is such a great beer town. Besides it was a great excuse to get over to Monks to have some Cantillon Classic Gueuze and Mussels.
Here’s are my highlights from NHC2013
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