Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 vlog #8 | I'm going to the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston!

Well it only took four years, but I'm finally attending the annual Beer Bloggers Conference! It's being held in Boston this year, which is only a 3 hour drive. The schedule is packed full of what look to be fun events. I'm definitely excited to see what this is all about.

If you're going to the conference please let me know. We can meet up. Also, let me know if there's any beers in my area you want to trade for. I may break out a few bottles from the basement as well.

You can see all the information on the event here:

Friday, July 19, 2013

Homebrew 16, Part 1: Brewing

It's been a long time since I posted a brew day video. For this homebrew, I'm actually brewing the exact same kit as my first-ever homebrew almost two years ago. Well, I made a couple changes to it. The original kit came with Galena and Northern Brewer hops, but I swapped them out for four 1oz packets of Centennial hops. I'm also going to dry hop with Centennial as well.

Here's the recipe:
MASH (140 degrees for 20 minutes):
1lb Maris Otter Pale malt

6.6lbs Northwestern Gold LME
30 minutes 1 tsp Irish Moss
15 minutes 0.5 tsp Yeast Energizer

60 minutes 1oz Centennial
15 minutes 2oz Centennial
5 minutes 1oz Centennial

1oz Centennial

White Labs WLP001 (liquid, 1 vial)
Starter: 2/3 cup DME, 3 cups water

5 gallons unfiltered Albany tap water

Monday, July 8, 2013

Nutrie Energé | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #44

Yeah I know I retired from these types of beverage reviews a while ago. However, this company was nice enough to send me a free can of their product to review, so what the heck. I always tell companies that want me to review their products that I will, but it's no guarantee I'm going to give them a positive review.

As for this energy drink, it's a sugar-free energy drink. All the details are on the company's website here:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Homebrew 15: "Crème de la Lawnmower"

It's been a long time since I did a video about a homebrew of mine. You might have noticed there's no tasting video of homebrews #12-14, that's because 12 is an exact duplicate of a hefeweizen I did last year, 13 is still in the carboy and 14 is still fermenting. Anyway, this beer is a "cream ale" kit that I got from the homebrew store. Here's the recipe:

Brewed: 6/15/2013
Kegged: 6/30/2013

OG: 1.042
FG: 1.012
ABV: 3.94%
71% attenuation

MASH (30 minutes @ 150-160 degrees):
1lb flaked maize

BOIL (60 minutes):
2lbs Northwestern Gold Dry Malt DME
3.3lbs Northwestern Gold LME

60 minutes 1oz Cascade
15 minutes 0.5oz Cascade
15 minutes 0.5oz Hallertau

Lallemand Windsor British-style ale yeast (dry, 1 packet)

5 gallons unfiltered Albany tap water

Brewer's notes:
This was "American Cream Ale" kit from the Hammersmith homebrew store. It's closer to a red or amber ale since, a cream ale is technically a mix of ale and lager (and also due to the color). This was the first kit I've made where it only came with extract. There were no steeping grains at all! I went to Homebrew Emporium and bought a pound of flaked maize to give it a kind of Genny Cream Ale thing (also just as a brewing experiment as I've never brewed with an adjunct before).

I also bought a propane burner so I could finally brew outside. I steeped the maize a little higher than I'd prefer for the last 5-10 minutes. I definitely burned some of the liquid malt extract - I saw black flakes floating at the top once the brew began to boil. I was able to fish most of them out using a colander. Also, when I poured the beer from the brewpot to the fermenting bucket I poured it through the strainer and managed to catch a few more black flakes. I think I'll probably do a secondary on this one. I'm not sure. Depending on how quickly it ferments I'd like to enter it in the Ruck's summer homebrew contest under the lawnmower category.  We'll see.