Musings on NE Style IPAs

Tree House - Alter Ego IPA

There’s been a lot of buzz in the brewing and homebrewing scene over the new kid on the block, the NE (North East / New England) style IPA.  In this post I’ll get into what the characteristics are of a …

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Tasting: Solera Project: Blueberry (2016)

Solera Project: Blueberry (2016)

A little background on this beer.  The base beer is a Belgian style blonde ale that was soured and aged in a 65 gallon Chardonnay barrel for 2+ years.  We pulled off 5 gallons and racked it on to about 8 …

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Brew Day: IPA #3 (Huell Melon, Galaxy, and Mosaic)

Imperial A20 Citrus Yeast

It’s been quite some time since I’ve brewed an IPA and I have plenty of hops I’ve yet to experiment with.  Today I brewed up an IPA using Huell Melon, Galaxy and Mosaic hops.  I used a grain bill I’m …

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Tasting: Solera Project Huell Melon & Amarillo Dry Hop (2015)

Solera Project: Huell Melon & Amarillo Dry Hop (2015)

In my last post I talked about dry hopping sour and wild beer.  The inspiration for that post came from creating the beer I’m tasting today.  This beer was aged in a 65 gallon Chardonnay barrel for 2 years.  We pulled …

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Dry Hopping Sour and Wild Beer

Hops for experimenting dry hopping sour beer.

Having experimented with dry hopping sour and wild beer this past summer (as well as actually dry hopping a batch), I thought it would be a great idea to document some findings based on our experiments.  The results were surprising …

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Tasting: Solera Project: Base (2014)

Solera Project: Base (2014)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything on this blog.  I’m finally back from my hiatus and plan on posting a bunch of tastings of beers I’ve brewed in the past ~3 years. In that time I’ve started …

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Raspliner Weisse Brewing and Fermentation

Berliner Weisse fermented with raspberries

I actually brewed this batch back in July. I’ve been wanting to brew another Berliner Weisse again for a few months, especially with summer in full force. My last batch came out really well, so I decided to retrace my …

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Big Brew Day: Second Try IIPA (Zigzag)

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Yesterday was the nation-wide event “Big Brew Day”. I participated at a local homebrew shop, Brew Brothers, in brewing a beer with approximately 30-40 other homebrewers. It was a beautiful day with plenty of sun and warm weather in the …

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Son of Fermentation Chamber Build and Photos

Fan and thermostat in place.

For some time I have contemplated using some sort of cooling mechanism to give me prefect fermentation temperatures while I ferment my beer.  Last summer I painstakingly used my chest freezer kegerator.  It was a horrible process.  It involved removing …

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Cranberry Lambic: 1 Year Later

My Cranberry Lambic (Castalia) was bottled just over a year ago on 1/23/2012. It’s been conditioning in bottles since then (and quite a few have been opened, too), so I wanted to do another tasting post to see how the beer has evolved in the past 14 months.

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