Tag Archives: Beer

Homebrewing Adventures!

3 Jul

Before my car accident a week ago Sunday I planned on brewing up a brew last week. After the accident I wasn’t in a mood to brew and had a lot of insurance calling/emailing to get all my ducks in a row. Due to the holiday (tomorrow is July 4th) I had a few days off this week and decided I would brew not one but TWO beers!

The first I decided would stretch my abilities to build a recipe (made so much easier by the internet and BeerSmith software) and stretch my equipment.I decided to brew two gallons of an Imperial IPA.

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My First Brew!

17 Dec

My last post was about how I had started home brewing and I used a picture of my first ever brew fermenting in my pantry. Here it is again:

My Everyday IPA fermenting

That is from the Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA kit. The kit came with 95% of what I needed to make beer! I mashed, sparged, boiled and then put it in the pantry to ferment (what you see above). After a couple weeks I bottled (which is probably the messiest part) and then the bottles went back into the pantry for two more weeks.

The two weeks ended yesterday, so I popped a couple test glasses in the fridge to chill and finally got to taste the fruits of my labor.

It's Beer!

In my head (after reading many online forums) I imagined flat beer or sour apple tasting beer. I thought for sure that the little yeasts were all dead and there was going to be no head. Well, as you can see it had head!!! Maybe a little over-carbonated, but it had a good aroma and nice lacing as I drank. Best of all, it tasted REALLY good!

You’ll notice the awesome flip top bottle. I happened to have purchased that full of Flensburger beer! I emptied the bottle (into a willing mouth) and then cleaned and sanitized it before filling it back up!

Right now in my pantry I have a custom Festivus Winter Spiced Ale fermenting (with all the good holiday spices in it) and next week I plan to make a recipe I designed called JC’s Strawberry Moon with the famous JC!

Home Brewing

14 Dec

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I mentioned yesterday that I have begun home brewing my own beer! I got an awesome kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop (follow them on twitter @bklynbrewshop) that has started me off. Thanks to their kit, this Friday night I plan on tasting the first ever beer brewed in my apartment!

Their kit made under a gallon of their Everyday IPA and I’m excited to try it.

Thanks to the reusable nature of the kit I immediately jumped in to my second brew. This time I used the Internet and put together a custom recipe for a Winter Spiced Ale. I’m going to call it the Festivus Winter Ale.

My mom also found an awesome home brew shop in Sanford, the Sanford Home Brew Shop! I took a class there and picked up some tricks and tips while brewing two more types of beer.

I got to take home a little over a gallon of beer. A stout and an English Pale Ale. The class was fun and the two teachers were entertaining and knowledgeable! Definitely check them out… If you don’t like beer, they are located next to a German Deli!

I uploaded some photos from my brewing. Check them out!

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Free Glasses from Sam Adams!!!

13 Dec

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You have probably seen the commercials that Sam Adams has designed the “perfect glass” and it is pretty cool.

Well they are giving them away! Just buy a six pack or bigger of any of their brews then text “PERFECT” to 75309. They’ll text back with some questions and you’ll need your birthday and the UPCOMING, but you’ll get back a code for two free glasses! You just have to pay for shipping!

I got mine today. They look cool but are made in Slovenia? Isn’t Sam Adams a big American company? Could they have not made it here??

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But I digress… Free is free and these are pretty darn cool! Check out the pics! Also, if you want a cheap Christmas present for me I’ll take two more!

Back from the dead!

13 Dec

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Not really… I didn’t die, but I did let my blog die. Life has been super busy! I still have the beautiful JC in my life! Can you believe she has put up with me for over two and a half years?

I started officiating high school football this fall with the Central Florida Officials Association which was a blast! Maybe a post on that later?

Just recently I started brewing my own beer! Thanks to the Brooklyn Brew Shop I got a home brew starter kit that is the perfect size for my apartment. Brews up only one gallon at a time, but it is a start. Maybe more on that later!

I’m also blogging from my phone for the first time ever, sound if something is wrong blame that!

I am not sure if anyone still has me in their feed, but if you do, hello again!

Great Orlando Beer Festival 2010

20 Apr

This past Saturday JC and I relived one of our early “dates” and had an amazing time. In 2009 shortly after we started dating we attended The Great Orlando Beer Festival at Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte. 2010’s edition was a month earlier, but was just as good. How it works is that you pay for entry and they give you a wristband and a small plastic cup.

You then walk to any of the many many small tents and have the smiling people from breweries and distributors fill up your cup. Then repeat. And boy did we repeat!

I don’t remember the whole day, I know it was fun and I know I had a LOT of great beer along with some not so great beer and it was a great time. Early in the day I decided to collect beer coasters and every booth that had them I grabbed one (or two if they were different) and put them in my cargo short pockets

When I got home later that day I was in for a big surprise! I ended up with TWELVE coasters. I really thought I had about five, but look at these beauties:

I also remember that there was a booth serving deep fried bacon tossed in hot sauce! Mmmmmmmmmm Beer & Bacon for the win!

So two years in a row we had a great time, which brings up a not so great drinking festival we went to at Cranes Roost, Wine Stock.

Wine Stock was set up the same way as Beer Fest with one major difference…Wine Styles (at Uptown Altamonte) was selling cases of all the wines that were available for testing. This meant less wines and a lot less product. Well before they ended they were running out of wine and the long lines meant that you spent so much time in line it was hard to get going. A sip of wine before standing in line for 10 minutes for another sip of wine just doesn’t cut it.

The Great Orlando Beer Festival did it right and we loved it! We’ll be checking it out again next year and I hope you do to!

BJ’s Imported Winter Warmers Beer Tasting and Dinner

14 Mar

On Tuesday March 10th I attended BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Orlando’s Imported Winter Warmers Beer Tasting and Dinner. First question you may have, is why is BJ’s doing a “Winter” event in March in  Florida. I know, it didn’t make the most sense since it was 80+ outside, but I’m not going to turn down a 5 course beer and food dinner!

If you have never been to BJ’s, I recommend you find one and go! Check out my previous review. My parents and Rob joined me at BJ’s for this wonderful meal, and oh boy was it wonderful!

Here is the menu:

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Full Moon Review

25 Oct
Wintery

Wintery

You may be wondering what I drank with my Crunchy Parmesan-Mustard Pork Chops, well wonder no more! I drank a Full Moon (or two). Full Moon is the Winter seasonal beer from Blue Moon. You may recall my review of Harvest Moon, which was Blue Moon’s Fall seasonal. In addition to loving the name of this seasonal beer I was intrigued by the promise of “dark Belgium sugar” clearly written on the label. Having never had a bad beer from Blue Moon I couldn’t wait to pop it open!

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Beer Goggles?

12 Oct
You know you what Im talking about!

You know you what I'm talking about!

Have you ever gotten drunk and then said something to someone that you shouldn’t have? Have you ever gotten drunk and texted something to someone that you shouldn’t have? Well I can’t help you there, but if you have ever gotten drunk and then emailed your undying love to your ex I have a tool for you!

Gmail (a great email service BTW) has come out with a new service called “Mail Goggles.” Once you activated it you can set it to know the days and times you are most likely to be on the computer hammered, it defaults to Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 4am, but you can set it to any time and date combination you would like. During that window if you attempt to send an email it will pop up and ask you a series of relatively simple arithmetic problems. If you fail the test, your email remains in your outbox and you keep yourself from being embarrassed this one time.

As someone who has emailed innapropriate things while drunk, I have activated this feature. Only problem is that when I’m on my desktop computer I use Outlook and this only works when you are connecting to gmail via its website.

Oh well, you can find more information about “Mail Goggles” here. If you want Gmail and need an invite, send me a note and I will invite you over to the dark side!

Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA

4 Oct
The label prominently features hops!

The label prominently features hops!

The final beer in my trilogy of reviews is, by far, the most expensive and strongest beer I’ve ever had. Obviously then, it will be the most expensive and strongest of the three I decided to review. Dogfish Head’s 90-Minute IPA (India Pale Ale) weighs in at a whopping 9% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) and I was able to pick it up at my local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits store for $11.50 for a 4-pack! Yes, 4 12-ounce bottles for $11.50. That is nearly $3 per beer ($2.85). However, think about it. When you go to your local bar or restaurant (not during happy hour) you see people happily paying $2.50 for a Bud and $3.50 for imports.

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