Experimental Brewing

Into the kettle
I throw a fistful of spruce
And hope for the best

Photos and haiku by Captain Hops.

References: Yesterday, I attempted to make my first spruce ale. I have been waiting for the opportunity to recreate a vague memory I have of an ale I tasted at a forgotten brew pub in Oregon. That ale may or may not have actually had spruce in it, but I remember this tender, citrusy, piney essence, it wasn’t even really a flavor, just a barely tangible sense. It was amazing whether it was real or not. Anyway, now that I am brewing, I decided to use some of the fresh spruce buds just sprouting on the trees on my property. I created an amber ale with a touch of cascade hops, added a little wild flower honey and threw in some spruce buds at 60 minutes and 5 minutes. I am fermenting with California Ale Yeast and will let you know in a month how it turns out.

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Arm Chair Brewing

Just arm chair brewing
On my office computer.
Three days ’til brew day.

Written by Captain Hops.

References: BeerSmith software let’s you dream up all kinds of cool home brew recipes. Mixing and matching ingredients with the tool and seeing the instant gravity, IBU, and color calculations is so much fun it’s like virtual brewing. You can practically taste it.

Thing of the day: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles


Bacon Lattice

Any recipe
That includes “bacon lattice”
Has got to be good

Written by Captain Hops.

References: How’s this for some fun: Raspberry Chipotle Marinated Spiral Stuffed Pork Loin with a Bacon Lattice. You bring the beer, I will build the bacon lattice. Mmmm… bacon lattice…

Speaking of bacon and beer. Clipper City is throwing their Beer and Bacon Festival in a couple of weeks. If you are in the Baltimore area, you should see if there are any tickets left.

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Recipe for Beer

Recipe for beer:
Barley, hops, yeast, and water.
And a miracle.

Written by Dave Undis.

Thing of the Day: How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time


Perfect Timing

Put burgers on grill.
Drink a beer. Turn them over.
Drink a beer. They’re done.

Written by Dave Undis

Thing of the Day: Weber 3751001 Genesis E-320 Propane Gas Grill, Black


Braised Beef with Beer and Root Vegetables

On the coldest days
braised beef with beer and veggies
keeps me nice and warm

braised beef with beer and root vegetables

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Inspired by a recipe in Boston.com
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