Quick and Easy Fermentation Chamber

If you are looking to make better beer, the one thing that can help you the most is to control your fermentation temps.  Some people are fortunate to have a temperature stable area to ferment their beer in, but for the rest of us that means utilizing some kind of fermentation chamber.  There are any number of ways to build one, some elaborate and some pretty basic.  Let me show you how to make a very simple, but pretty dependable, and inexpensive fermentation chamber. Continue reading

Canning Starter Wort

I have a confession.  I hate making yeast starters.  They take time to make and then there’s the clean up afterwards.  Once I started messing around with yeast more, I quickly realized that this was the one thing that was keeping me from enjoying what I was doing.  So I set about trying to find a way to make it not such an unpleasant task. Continue reading

Honey Porter

The second part of my dual brew day (if you missed the first part, you can find the Rye Wit here) was a Honey Porter.  I had brewed one a few years ago from a kit and it turned out pretty well.  A friend, who happens to keep bees, asked if he supplied some honey would I brew some more?  Well yeah, you don’t have to give me much of a reason to brew beer. Continue reading

Rye Wit

This weekend I decided to attempt something I haven’t done in a while…a double brew day. This isn’t something I often do because if you don’t manage your time well things are going to get hectic. I don’t brew to have a hectic day. I brew to enjoy the process and make beer. That said I’ve found myself getting behind the ball on brewing and wanted to get caught up.  Just to make things harder on myself I also decided to brew two very different types of beer: Rye Wit and Honey Porter.  So here’s how things went… Continue reading

Just Peachy or My First Attempt at Mead


My wife, God love her, is not a fan of beer.  Wine, cider, and mead are really more her speed.  On a recent trip to California she tasted and really liked a peach mead.  I cannot remember who made it or what the name of it was, but that is not the point.  The point is she REALLY liked it.  So being the good husband I am, I set about to use my brewing abilities to make her a peach mead. Continue reading