Monthly Archives: April 2014

Washing the Unwashed: Reusing Yeast from a Primary Fermenter

“Brewers make wort. Yeast makes beer.” —Anonymous A fermenting wort is in many ways like a living organism. Watch it carefully and you can see it metabolizing before your very eyes. Trub rises and falls inside the fermenter like an … Continue reading

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Hook and Hops Pale Ale: Where Home Brew Meets Fish

Apart from family, there are two things that for me make life worth living. One, as you might have guessed, is home brewing. The other is fishing. Both are intensely satisfying ‘Zen’ activities. They each involve skill, and neither can … Continue reading

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Icebreaker: Tasting Notes on Our First Beer Back to Home Brewing

As a happy home brewer, there are few things more satisfying than pulling the first pint from a freshly tapped keg filled with one’s newest creation. This pint represents the culmination of all the thoughtful planning and research that went … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle: Reflections on Restarting a Home Brewing Lifestyle

It may be a bit early to say that we’ve [1] “restarted a home brewing lifestyle” after a very long and protracted hiatus; but I think we have. Two batches of beer are in secondary fermentation, and one wine was … Continue reading

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