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Time To Fill Them Kegs!
2022-07-05 11:00
My last successful brew was August of last year. American Stout is a style I had wanted to tackle for awhile. Compared to Irish Stout, American Stout is higher in alcohol and often has an Am… Read More
Revisiting Seasonal Beer
2022-02-28 03:03
One of my favorite posts was my definitive guide to seasonal beer. Going by that schedule, I would be stocking up on spring seasonals if there was an actual spring training this year. I… Read More
Brew Day - Angel's Wing's (Helles Bock)
2021-03-17 15:06
I'm a loner Dottie... a rebelAs an only child who is a bit of an introvert, I tend to pursue most of my hobbies and interests alone. Being an independent learner means that most of what I ha… Read More
Brew Day: 4PM Darkness (Imperial Stout)
2021-02-24 14:19
Below is an unpublished post from 2019 I wrote for another website. In addition to a regular Brew Day post, I took more of a "how to" approach like I did in some of my earlier posts. I… Read More
Falling Out Of Love With New England IPA
2021-02-22 16:57
About six years ago I interviewed for a job with a decent sized craft brewery. The brewery was looking for a sales rep in my area. I was a sales professional in another industry and thought… Read More
2021-02-01 15:02
Originally I was merely going to reshare this post from 2015 on my Facebook page along with a quick update. As I was writing the post on Facebook my commentary was starting to get a little l… Read More
Catching Up On Re-brews For NHC
2020-04-07 16:39
My plan for this years National Homebrew Competition (NHC) was to rebrew beers that had done well in previous competitions, or that I really enjoyed and thought would do well.Employee Orient… Read More
New Toys: Fermentation Control
2020-03-30 16:14
The shelves in the door were removed so afermenter would fit.The biggest separator between the homebrewer and commercial brewers might be fermentation temperature control. The ability to pre… Read More
The NHC That Probably Won't Be
2020-03-25 20:37
The year 2020 was very busy for me, until all of a sudden it wasn't. Followers of my Facebook page might have seen that I have made trips to Denver, California, Chicago, New Hampshire, Maine… Read More
Brew Years Resolutions For 2020
2020-01-10 20:12
Another year and another decade in the books! All-in 2019 was a very solid brew year for me. The only hiccup was the beer I brought to Ales over ALS and having to dump eight one-gallon batch… Read More
2019-12-30 20:07
Recently I was speaking to a friend who is opening a brewery in Massachusetts. Like any new brewery in the northeast, he is going to launch with hazy IPAs, but he also loves classic British… Read More
2019 Hop Harvest Is Underway
2019-08-27 21:26
Hop harvest is a favorite time for many brewers. Large commercial brewers are invited by hop growers and brokers to the Pacific Northwest for hop selection. At hop selection, brewers and pur… Read More
2019-07-06 02:18
Sometimes events unfold independently of each other that all contribute to a singular result. Years ago, when I was still living in an apartment with no yard and brewing on a stove, I receiv… Read More
2019-03-14 11:56
Time goes by so fast. You only wanna do what you think is right. You know what doesn't feel right? That I haven't brewed either of my house Irish beers in a very long time. As I have started… Read More
Brew Day: Thomas Brady's Ale (2019)
2019-02-26 19:18
It's been two years since I brewed the first batch of Thomas Brady's Ale. Originally I had intended to brew the beer on an annual basis. Unfortunately last year I was busy settling into… Read More
Brew Years Resolutions For 2019
2019-01-01 15:38
Welp, 2019 is upon us! The one Brew Year's Resolution I failed miserably with from 2018 was to write more. Writing was so much easier when I was in a cubicle and needed something to occupy m… Read More
Circling Back As A Brewer
2018-08-14 15:20
As a beer drinker I try to make it a point to circle back to some of my favorite beers that got me into craft beer in the first place or just inspired me along the way. As a brewer I have al… Read More
More Catching Up
2018-08-02 12:17
Every writer has their own creative process. For me it was easier to sit down and write when I was sitting down at a cubicle 40 hours per week. I would bang out posts during lunches and brea… Read More
Don't Be An Anti-bottlite
2018-07-24 15:08
I remember the first time I saw a can of Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. I was living with my cousin Adam at the time, and let's say friends showing up with beer was not an uncommon occurrence… Read More
Brew Day: Behind Enemy Lines Porter
2018-01-17 13:02
Buying a home is an interesting thing. It is the largest expense we will ever incur, but your decision is largely based off walking around for 20 minutes at an open house. In the end there a… Read More
The Session 131: Three Things In 2018
2018-01-11 05:24
The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic… Read More
Brew Day: Galloupe St Gold
2018-01-03 16:47
There really is something to be said for any brewer or beer drinker to have a house beer. A house beer being a beer that is kept in the house at all times. It's the beer you go to if you wan… Read More
Brew Year's Resolutions For 2018
2018-01-01 18:39
I am a sucker for things that were cool four years ago.As I reviewed my Brew Years Resolutions from last year, my line "I have a feeling 2017 is going to be a big year for me personally and… Read More
Pouring Tallboys Into Glasses
2017-12-20 08:36
When I was a younger man that frequented crowded bars, beer out of the bottle was ideal because my only concern was not spilling or splashing my beer if I was bumped into. I held my beer by… Read More
Brew Day: Spontaneous Ferment Cider
2017-12-04 17:10
Fittingly now that my last cider is finally in a keg, I have a new cider fermenting. Yeast and bacteria are all around us. It is natural and it is unavoidable. A fresh-pressed juice from an… Read More
My Keezer Build
2017-11-30 17:17
From Day 1 the ethos of this blog has been that homebrewing can be as involving of a hobby as you want it to be. The level of involvement does not just apply to brewing beer. Many homebrewer… Read More
Making The Leap To Kegs
2017-11-21 18:43
Investing in kegs is a leap most semi-serious homebrewers make. It is easier to clean and sanitize one keg than up to 50 bottles. If you use the CO2 tank to carbonate your beer it is ready t… Read More
Surveying The Damage Of My Own Neglect
2017-11-14 12:30
Not only have I barely brewed over the last several months. I have also been too busy, distracted and lazy to package beers in carboys, Beers that have been ready to go for quite awhile. I c… Read More
2017-11-06 15:33
I was really hoping to have a brew day post or two ready to go by now. I have everything I need to brew five gallon, all-grain batches in a reasonable period of time now that we have our own… Read More
Ales Over ALS 2017
2017-10-24 12:46
In sixth grade I put off and I put off starting my project for the school science fair. Finally, a couple days before the fair I slapped together the easiest experiment I could think of. I t… Read More
Do You Know The Muntons Man??
2017-07-10 18:07
At the end of last year I thought I was ready to start some kind of professional brewing company. What I realized was that this wasn't something I was equipped to take on myself.  For B… Read More
Brew Day: Pretzel Wheat Beer
2017-07-05 15:36
One of my Brew Year's Resolutions was to collaborate more. The idea was to brew more with others and brew less in my hot and tiny kitchen. This brew was presented to me and is a great opport… Read More
Three Cheers!
2017-06-22 21:00
Three years ago Jennie was tasked with finding "community bloggers" for the Beverly Citizen's website. Having written previously on a variety of topics, and willing to work for cheap (free)… Read More
2017-06-02 16:28
One of my most frequent laments in this space is dealing with the limitations of brewing in a third floor apartment. Our apartment is fairly nice, and the rent is very cheap. For brewing it… Read More
Don't Carboy Unprotected
2017-05-15 17:56
At the beginning of the brewery tour at the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, guests walk through in improvised tunnel into the brewhouse. The tunnel is actually an old fermention tank cut ope… Read More
Wicked Weed Sells Out To The High End
2017-05-11 14:38
Two years ago Jennie and I went on an epic road trip full of beer and baseball. In addition to passing through Atlanta, North Carolina, and Delaware we spent a night in Asheville. Out of all… Read More
2017-04-27 19:16
Before I finally broke down and purchased Amazon Prime, I would always have to buy one extra item to qualify for free shipping. One such item I bought was Brew Your Own Magazine's 250 C… Read More
Brew Day: Shareholder's Saison (Brett Beer)
2017-04-17 09:38
As our club has been planning our homebrew competition, Jennie wanted to re-brew and enter her recipe Shareholder's Saison. She designed, and I brewed the first batch of Shareholder's Saison… Read More
Checking In: The Anti-Chris (Double IPA)
2017-04-13 13:12
With the North Shore Brewers Competition less than a month away, I will be bottling my double IPA The Anti-Chris this weekend. I dry hopped the crap out of this beer. Not wanting any of the… Read More
Brew Day: Bonus Brown (American Brown Ale)
2017-04-12 11:16
I find yeast to be a particularly interesting topic in the world of brewing. Many brewers exclusively use a generic ale yeast like Chico be it Safale S05, Wyeast 1056, or White Labs 001, and… Read More
Race Against Time, Summer Is Coming
2017-04-10 05:49
March is supposed to be "In like a lion, and out like a lamb". In Massachusetts in 2017 March weather was miserable from beginning to end. Snow was still on the ground on Red Sox Opening Day… Read More
Drain Pour: Invisible Hand (Scottish Heavy)
2017-03-27 18:11
I really loved the name for this beer which makes it all the more sad that this batch was a dud. Invisible Hand was brewed to harvest fresh yeast for my club's latest barrel beer. I racked t… Read More
Making A Wine Kit At Home
2017-03-16 11:59
My Brew Year's Resolutions are going fairly well so far. I have been entering more competitions and won my first medal. I even went on to win another medal at the Ocean State Homebrew Compet… Read More
New Toys: Floor Corker
2017-03-13 16:41
There is a romance to buying a Belgian or other sour beer and seeing it packaged with a cork and cage. As you unwind the wire cage, and then try to get a firm grip on the cork to remove it f… Read More
Brew Day: The Anti-Chris (Double IPA)
2017-03-01 16:13
In the hobby of homebrewing, five gallons has long been the standard batch size. Some advanced brewers have equipment and brew batches anywhere from 10 gallons up to half barrel batches. On… Read More
New Toys: Aquarium Pump
2017-02-27 13:51
I purchased an aquarium pump with an air filter at Modern Homebrew Emporium. Yeast is a living organism. Technically it is billions of living organisms. Those billions of tiny yeast cells fe… Read More
Brew Day - Pasteinator (Dopplebock)
2017-02-16 18:47
The first ever batch where I employed a partial mash, a process that involves obtaining a percentage of your batch's fermentable sugars from mashing grains, and then topping that off with ma… Read More
I Actually Won Something
2017-02-07 12:18
In my recent post Making hard cider at home, I admitted that the only medal I had ever won in a competition was for a cider. I was hoping to change that last year as I vowed to enter more co… Read More
Brew Day: Invisible Hand (Scotch Heavy)
2017-01-25 12:33
After my club, the North Shore Brewers filled one of its two Samuel Adams Utopias barrels with a SMaSH Barleywine, the second barrel is ready to be filled with a new beer. We conducted a pol… Read More
Rediscovering The Mixed 12-pack
2017-01-20 13:18
A friend of mine who works at a bottle shop recalled a conversation she had with a local brewery rep. The rep was quite excited that his brewery's new double IPA was moving from 22 ounce bom… Read More
Brew Year’s Resolutions For 2017
2016-12-27 13:34
As I reflect on my past year as a brewer there were far more highs than lows. Most recently I moved up in BJCP rank from Recognized to Certified.  I narrowly lost out on the People&rsqu&hell…Read More
Brew Night: Courageous Kevin’s Cream Ale
2016-12-15 14:20
The response I received for Pugnacious Pete’s Porter at Ales Over ALS was overwhelming. I was moved by how much it meant to the Frates family, but I was also taken aback by the respons… Read More
Making Hard Cider At Home
2016-12-07 14:00
I haven’t entered as many homebrew competitions this year as I would have liked. Instead of laziness as it was in the past, it has been down to the fact that most of my brewing in 2016… Read More
What Should Our Flagship IPA Be?
2016-11-21 12:30
After years of "someday when" talk that was speculative at best, I am seriously considering starting some kind of professional brewing company.  I have re-branded what was a baseball th… Read More
Figuring Out My Next Step
2016-11-17 19:21
Lately I have been thinking a great deal about what the next step in my career should be. After working for large corporations for half of my life, I have reached a point where I want to con… Read More

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