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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