Cherry Cheesecake Cream Ale

Cherry Cheesecake Cream Ale

It feels good to be writing about beer again. I've been busy writing about it for others like Food Bloggers of Canada, which has left me, unfortunately, unable to write for my site! Not that I'm complaining at all, it's just the reality of the game. Anyway, Y'all know how much I love beer, and how much I love homebrewing, so I'm excited to be back with a brew I developed for this past year's Christmas beer, Cherry Cheesecake Cream Ale. 

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Creamsicle Cream Ale

Creamsicle Cream Ale

Creamsicle Cream Ale

Back in April I asked Kellie from, www.princessandtheyardape.com, if she would be willing to do a guest post for my blog.  As a beer and cider kind of guy, I don’t know as much about wine, or at least not as much as I’d like to. I thought she would be perfect to drop some wine knowledge over on my blog. I was right! She did a great summer salad with a beautiful wine pairing. Back then I fully expected to be able to get my post for her done in a couple weeks, little did I know that this past summer was going to be one of the busiest I’ve had. I didn’t even get a chance to work on my own blog, let alone fulfill my long over due post for Kellie. So, here I am finally providing one for her with my Creamsicle Cream Ale Clone Recipe. 

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Where to Start: Home Brewed Cider

Where to Start: Home Brewed Cider

In my last post I wanted to inspire as many people to start home brewing as I possibly could. There’s several reasons for this. 1. It’s fun 2. It’s SATISFYING (nothing like drinking one of your own handcrafted drinks) and 3. You inevitably gain a new appreciation for beer, cider, and wine. Sure, it can be frustrating from time to time especially when a brew doesn’t turn out, but this hobby is as much about learning as it is about enjoying a beverage. I’m often asked by people who are looking to start, “What brew should I start with and what equipment do I need to brew it?”. Let’s jump in and I’ll attempt to answer without being long winded.

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Illegally Blonde Irish Red: Stepping Up my Home Brew Game.

Illegally Blonde Irish Red: Stepping Up my Home Brew Game.

I’m proud of this beer. Not because it’s particularly amazing, but because it’s the first all grain recipe I developed that I didn’t completely screw up. I imagine it’s the same feeling parents get when they send their first born to college. Sure, he didn’t turn out the way they imagined… and yeah, maybe he’s majoring in Canadian studies, but dammit it’s their kid!  

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Infection after Infection after Infection: The importance of Sanitation.

Infection after Infection after Infection: The importance of Sanitation.

It seems like my home brewing aspirations have come to a screeching halt. Or is it that I just learned a really tough lesson? Let me explain, my last three brews have all been infected.  Meaning, in home brew talk, that a wild yeast or bacteria has made it's way into the wort (beer before its beer) which produces off/sour flavours, making it undrinkable.

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Black IPA

Black IPA

One type of beer I have developed a taste for since I started to home brew is IPA's. I can honestly say, I hated most of them before and I'm a little ashamed to admit that Alexander Keith's Hop series served as the gateway into the wonderful world of hops. The more I am exposed to the individual ingredients and as my knowledge of what they do in beer has grown so too, has my appreciation for them. Hops were, by and large, something I didn't know much about and didn't care to! 

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Scottish Ale, Oak, and Rum

Scottish Ale, Oak, and Rum

This past weekend was my birthday. I had 25 of my closes friends and family over to celebrate and served one of my all time favourite home brews. If anyone has had Innis&Gunn before, the flavour profile is similar but with more prevalent rum flavour. It's probably because I soak oak wood chips in rum while they use, from my understanding anyway, old oak rum barrels to age their beer in, thus dispersing the flavour more evenly.

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How I got started in Home Brewing

How I got started in Home Brewing

A few years ago I had to do an internship for my degree. I landed a sweet position in Windsor, ON. and met a ton of wonderful people and made a some long lasting friendships. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay and had to move back to Toronto to finish my degree. However, it was there that I began to really appreciate the varieties of beers that are available, as many of my friends were not just consumers of beer, but beer connoisseurs.

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