Anvil Forge Review (w/video)

When I was looking for a new burner I stumbled upon this utilitarian looking burner it was for me, with the BTU’s (72,000/hr) to back it up. This looked strong, rugged, and simply made. And at first glance, the Anvil Forge Burner had it all for me.


I Know What You Brewed Last Summer (Cream Ale)

I don’t know what it is…maybe it’s just that they are the perfect beer for the summer.  Perhaps it’s the fact that it when brewing one it requires a lot of restraint, or may it’s just because they’re real cheap to make…I love making (and drinking) cream ales. At their core, cream ales are an…


My First Partiglye Post

Once I jumped into doing all-grain batches I wanted to try doing this old method of brewing two beers from one set of grain (or mash).  The method I use is not a true partigyle because I add grain and adjuncts to the final product to bump gravity and to add a new flavor to…


Fridge Fermentor Video

One of the biggest things that homebrewers need to be conscious of is the temperature of fermentation.  For me, during the summer that is unrealistic in my house.  Our temps rise and fall.  So I found a solution that was fairly cheap & certainly easy to make.  A refrigerator fermentation chamber. Here’s a video I…


The Year in Beer

This past Sunday marked a year since I’ve been brewing.  I just want to tell you first and foremost it has been a great year.  Homebrewing beer has been so rewarding for me on so many levels.


A Few Bottling Day Set-up Tips

I figure that I’ve bottle at least a dozen batches of beer so far.  Even though I use a keg, there are certain occasions that I need to bottle.  Here are a few set-up tips that may help you on bottling day.


Grain To Glass Sweet Oat Stout

I’ve been wanting to create a “Grain To Glass” video for some time now.  This was the first time I’ve truly built a recipe from scratch.  I was inspired after tasting a cinnamon stout.  The cinnamon flavor was ‘on the fence’ with that sweet taste and the hot taste of cinnamon. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSj0sYy8DV8] For some reason…


Making Beligian Candi Sugar (with pics & video)

If you’re looking in to making strong Belgian beers there’s a chance you’ve seen “Belgian Candi Sugar” in a recipe.  You may ask yourself, “What the heck is that?”  The quick answer is that it’s an inverted sugar that can raise your gravity and ABV.  You can get away with dumping the same amount of…


Making a yeast starter

Here’s a video I made that explains my process to making a yeast starter: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yMVsCyqRLQ] Making a yeast starter is helpful for a number of reasons. Here’s two; It makes sure your yeast is viable for fermentation. It can save you money by creating more yeast cells for a bigger beer (as opposed to buying…


Easy Off Labels

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnjrobEFA7k] If you haven’t read my post about cleaning bottles (and more importantly the ordeal) let me tell you, it’s an bug task.  However I recently got tipped off to a great way to get off labels.  Using Oxi-Clean! Here’s what I did: Add 7 scoops of Oxi-Clean (I used store brand stuff) to a 5-gallon…