Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher, as well as a douple IPA brewed by Russian River Brewing Company. Beeradvocate rates Pliny the Elder as 100, world-class. I was really nervous about trying this beer for a few reasons. First, try as I might, double or imperial are words that often stress me out when it comes to beer. Too often I have found a little taster is great, then I order a pint, and whammy! tons of alcohol flavor or an over powering amount of sticky sweetness. The other reason I was nervous to try this beer: I was really aftraid I just wouldn’t get it. Continue reading


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Hey, Porter

To ring in the New Year, Brock and I brewed our second batch of beer. For you dedicated readers you may remember I held a poll for what beer I should brew next. Porter was the clear winner. Those who are local and voted for porter, let me know, and I’ll get you a bottle. For those of you who voted for “butt beer” it was a close second, maybe next time. We went for a little more of a sophisticated kit from, where else, The Home Fermenter Center! The owner puts together pretty nice kits. We selected the porter kit with some additional malts so we could ‘Black Butte-rize” our beer. German debittered roasted barley and roasted barley, to be exact. We also used liquid yeast this time, which was really fun. I’ll explain why later. Continue reading

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Bottle Service

This weekend was a pretty big deal. I survived another year, and if you’re nuts you may think that this year, 2012, will be the last for mankind. So I’ve vowed to make it a good one. On the last day of 2011, Brock and I bottled our first batch of home brew. Although I tasted our pre-bottled brew, it’s hard to say if it will be any good, but I’m feeling pretty good about it. It tasted like beer, at least, just un-carbonated and not at all balanced- but it’s only two weeks old. Let’s give it some time to mature and see what it has to say for itself.
The following is a photo story about Bottling Day: The Last Day of 2011.

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If 2012 promises to be our last year on Earth, at least it’s going to be filled with some good home brewed beer.


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