Author Archives: Ryan G.

Things I’ve Learned From Working in a Brewery

For the last two and a half years, I’ve worked in a brewery.  I don’t talk about it much because this is a homebrewing blog, and I don’t want my posts and discussions to stray into the world of commercial … Continue reading

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Overcoming Homebrew Bottling Exasperation

I really don’t like bottling my beer.  It’s quite literally my least favorite part of the homebrewing process.  It’s repetitive, tedious, and storing bottles takes up a lot of space. I genuinely look forward to buying a kegging system and … Continue reading

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Homebrew Bottling Woes: A Haiku

I hate you, bottles. All the cool kids are kegging. This takes way too long.

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Safbrew S-33 Dry Ale Yeast: First Impressions

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of dry yeasts.  I know a lot of homebrewers think dry yeasts are inherently inferior to the various liquid offerings from Wyeast and White Labs. But I’m not one of those guys.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Viking Mead: Ragnarök Not Included

Other than writing a report on Erik the Red in the 3rd grade and owning Led Zeppelin’s entire catalog, I’m not well versed in the rich traditions of Viking Age Norse culture.  In addition to the oft cited raping and … Continue reading

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Homebrew Voodoo Economics

There are two types of homebrewers; those who start homebrewing because they’ve heard it’s cheaper than buying commercial beer, and those who stick with it because they enjoy it. A while back, a friend of a friend tried one of … Continue reading

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How Utah Changed My Approach To Homebrewing

I grew up in Taylorsville, UT.  It’s a suburb of Salt Lake City, located in the southwestern part of the I-215 loop.  We moved away when I was 12, so youthful innocence prevented me from fully appreciating the genuine absurdity of … Continue reading

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Mashing Grains In A French Press For Yeast Starters

After brewing the Saison earlier this week, I had about a pound of leftover Pilsner malt that was just staring at me.  I didn’t have much use for it, so I was going to simply toss it on the compost … Continue reading

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Getting A Jump On Saison Season

This year for Presidents’ Day, since it was too cold to BBQ, I decided to brew some beer with my friend and homebrew compatriot, Lucas.  With the STL permafrost finally gone, and Punxsutawney Phil’s promise of an early spring, I … Continue reading

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Better Beer Appreciation Through SMaSH Brewing

  Designing your own custom beer recipe can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a homebrewer.  It’s equal parts art and science.  If you like studying the mechanics that shape the BJCP style guidelines, Ray Daniels has written … Continue reading

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