A Quick Update on my Pear Cider

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 | Brew Blog | No Comments

In my last home brewing adventure, I had crafted an experimental pear cider for my lovely wife who doesn’t care for beer, but is a big fan of Ace Pear Cider. I had looked up some tips and suggestions on how to turn the stock cider kit into a pear cider, but I mostly played it by ear. Having never brewed a cider before, I found it interesting in what was different than brewing beer. The cider spends a lot less time in the keg, and it is advised that it spend more time in the bottles. After everything, though, it was unanimously decided that the results were mediocre.

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Father’s Day is Brewing Day

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 | Brew Blog | 3 Comments

I’ve been really lazy about home brewing lately. Not only do I have a pretty good stock of beer in the fridge and “on deck,” but I’ve been drinking a lot more mixed drinks lately. I tend to do that in the summer months, I don’t know why. At any rate, I’ve been lax on my duties and made up for it today. I’ve got a couple of beers to report on, and an update on what’s in the kegs right now.

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Two Beers, In the Keg

Monday, April 25th, 2011 | Brew Blog | 1 Comment

Late Friday night, I set to mixing up two more beers, in preparation for family coming to visit next month.

My brother specifically requested the Mr. Beer Honey Brown Ale and I had ordered in everything to make it. I also had another Whispering Wheat Weizenbier that I was going to make into my Honey Wheat Meadbeer. I should have taken better stock of my pantry before I started.I sanitized both kegs, planning on doing the to beers immediately back to back. While the kegs were sanitizing, I started prepping for the Honey Brown. I got the hop sack ready and started to measure out the honey. I thought I had more. The Honey Brown calls for a 1½ cups of honey, but I only had a cup. I’d even read a review suggesting that you put as much as 2 cups of honey in. I was already short, and if I was planning on making the meadbeer, I would need at least another cup or two of honey. Rather than scrap it all, I just decided to improvise.

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