December, 2012

Tis the Season

21st Amendment Bitter American

Friday Photo – Opacity


A Month of Failed Firsts

While I haven’t been brewing much lately, I can share a few short updates on what I’ve been up to. In the interest of poking fun at myself, I thought it’d be entertaining to share a few of my lastest failures.

Lager Mash From Hell

Back in August, I decided it was time to make an Octoberfest, realizing of course I was already several months late. I made a 1000mL starter about a week before brewday, I stepped it one more time to give me the needed cell count, and stashed it in the fridge to crash out once it’d fermented out. Brew day arrived, and I made a fatal mistake: I got cocky. Read more →

Beer Fest Bound

Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild After a great time at the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild Winterfest event last year, I was stoked to see the guild releasing a limited number of festival ticket packs Saturday, and was fortunate enough to buy a set the wife and myself.

Packs included two tickets to each of the 3 festivals (All Pints North in Duluth, Autumn Brew Review on the Grain Belt Brewery grounds in Minneapolis, and Winterfest at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul).

What beer events did you go to last year, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? If you’re going to be at any of the MN Brewer’s guild events, drop me a line. I’d love to meet up with fellow homebrewer/beer geeks!