A few weeks ago, I brewed a French saison, a nice choice for the spring/summertime. However, I won’t be tasting it anytime soon. That’s because it’s souring in a barrel. A barrel in my apartment? Thankfully, no. This brew was part of a collaboration between my homebrew club, the Austin Zealots, and Jester King, a … Continue reading
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AHB Blog: Busy and Brewing!
April is always a busy month in graduate school. Fellowship reports, exams, papers, taxes all due. Couple that with regular work (research, lab maintenance etc.), and things get busy quick. I’m keeping my spirits bright, and using brewing as a stress-free creative outlet! In lieu of formal blog posts (due to school, sad face), I’d … Continue reading
Falconer’s Flight APA: Brew Day
One of my favorite beer styles is American Pale Ale or APA for short. I like it so much that I have a well-developed house recipe I brew often. When I find a new hop or a hop variety I haven’t used in a homebrew, I like to make single-hopped APAs to find out what … Continue reading
Apartment Brewing Tech: Towels (and lots of them)
For those who are new to homebrewing, towels may seem an unlikely addition to your kit. However, new and seasoned homebrewers alike know all too well of the messes, sometimes gigantic, that can happen on a brew or bottling day. Since brewing indoors on a stove top presents many challenges, having some trusty clean-up technology … Continue reading
Photo Gallery: Passion Fruit American Wheat
For more info related to Passion Fruit American Wheat, here are the following blog post links: Passion Fruit American Wheat: Brew Day : recipe design, wort production, and fermentation details Also, for those interested in fruit beers in general, here are related links: Award-Winning Apricot Wheat : an award-winning apricot American-style wheat beer with recipe … Continue reading
AHB Blog: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In this weekly update, I wanted to wish the readers and followers of The Apartment Homebrewer a happy, safe, and hopefully beery St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll be enjoying a full Victorian pint of my Session Oatmeal Stout, eating a full plate of fish and chips, and listening to my favorite Celtic band, Gaelic Storm. (for … Continue reading
Passion Fruit American Wheat: Brew Day
Recently, I brewed an American style wheat beer. That may sound boring to some, but this beer will soon have an exotic addition: Passion Fruit! What is passion fruit, well? from Wikipedia, it’s the fruit of the passion flower. If you’ve never had passion fruit in some form, it tastes like tropical, fruit-y goodness. Surprisingly, … Continue reading
AHB Blog: Hanging with Homebrew Celebrities
Spring seems to have sprung in Texas, and homebrewing was quite dynamic this past week. First, an update: the Apartment Homebrewer is now on Twitter. Followers of this blog will also enjoy the spontaneous happenings of brew day, additional updates, related news, etc. If you’re on Twitter, please follow me at the handle @apthomebrewer On … Continue reading
2012 Mayan Apocalypse Ale: Tasting Notes – One Year Later
It’s 2014, and it would seem the Mayan Apocalypse didn’t happen, or at least, it’s slow to start. Either way, the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Ale is tasting great. Malty and very smooth, this strong ale/winter warmer style was brewed on the night of the 2012 winter solstice, detailed here. This beer was first reviewed after … Continue reading
Small Batch Brewing: What is water to beer ratio?
The simple answer is the total volume of water used in the entire brewing process with respect to the finished volume of beer produced. How is it calculated? If you keep track of your water usage, it’s pretty easy to calculate. During the brewing process, water is not only used for the beer itself, but … Continue reading