October 4, 2010
For anyone who may have been wondering why my daily posts were down to 1 or 2 from the usual 5 to 6 a day last week, the reason is this gorgeous brew kettle you see here. All last week I worked on building and perfecting my brand new homebrew system, which features this 30 liter Brew Kettle from Blichmann Engineering. It took some time, but now the system is all up and running, and the first batch went through yesterday, a Pumpkin Pie Weizenbock.
Homebrewing seems to be the natural step forward to beer enlightenment for the avid beer geek, or beer blogger. I have been homebrewing in various capacities for just over a year now, but I now have a system where I will have more precise control than I ever have before! To say than I am excited is a gross understatement. Coming down the pipes next will be a Mint Pale Ale and a Banana Chocolate Chip Stout.
June 13, 2010
The Great Canadian Homebrew Competition took place in early June, and the awards were just handed out this Saturday to the winners in front of members of the Canadian amateur Brewers Association at an annual conference at the Rhino in Toronto. My very first homebrew, Manifest Destiny won a Bronze medal in the Specialty Beer category!
The Great Canadian Homebrew Conference was an exciting and eclectic collection of amateur and near professional hombebrewers, as well as professional brewers and brewing professors. To receive this honor in front of my esteemed peers was a great pleasure and momentous occasion for me to begin my brewing career. I was humbled before the amazing homebrewers that I met at this conference, and also walked away from the day with a significantly greater knowledge of brewing.
Here’s to great things to come!
June 12, 2010
As the inaugural brew for Definition Ale, branded under the name Definition Beer, Manifest Destiny has made is was from pot to bottle, and finally into my fridge. Brewing this, my very first homebrew was an exciting, and very educational experience for me. This beer is a partial mash brew, meaning that it was brewed with malt extracts and steeped with malted barley grains. Given the limitations of malt extract brewing I am very pleased with the way that this beer turned out, and will be even more excited to recreate a richer, more full bodied all grain version.
The back label on the bottle states it pretty well; “Manifest Destiny is a culmination of years of passion, intrigue, yearning and obsession for real beer. This represents merely the beginning of a dream which has lived within me for many years now. It has been an unbelievable pleasure to share real beer with my friends and family, but now it is time that I become more than an observer… Much more. Thank you to all those who have shared and enjoyed real beer with me over the years, you have enriched my life more than any beer ever could. This beer is dedicated to you, with love.”
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