Welcome to part two of my conversation with Jeffers Richardson and Jim Crooks of Firestone-Walker Barrelworks (Read Part 1 here). In this post we discuss picking the right barrel and how to prepare it for use. As you will read, the barrel is just as important (and maybe more) as the wort or beer going […]
As a long time homebrewer, I sometimes think this whole brewing thing is pretty easy. That’s until you run into guys as passionate and knowledgable as Firestone Walker’s Jeffers Richardson, Barrelmeister & Barrelworks Director and Jim Crooks (AKA Sour Jim) Master Blender. It’s truly humbling talking beer with these guys. They are knowledgable, without a […]
When planning your next homebrew, have you ever thought: If I could just ask a professional this question, I would nail my next batch? While some are lucky enough to have a pro to ask questions to, others rely on what they can find: the internet, books and other homebrewers. While these provide great and accurate […]
How did I miss my Original Gravity? Why did I only end up with 4.5 gallons of wort? I often see first-time homebrewers asking the same questions regarding their recipe “numbers.” There are many answers to the questions above, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – put ANY brewer on a new […]
Allow me to switch things up a little bit. Yes, this is a homebrewing blog. Occasionally you’ll get an alternative fermented drink like Plum Wine (if you haven’t read Robert’s awesome post, go do that now. I’ll wait). But yogurt? Really, yogurt? In a crock pot? Really, crock pot yogurt? Well, yes, yogurt. Crock pot yogurt. Really. […]
“Reinheitsgebot is a four letter word”. I think most homebrewers would agree.
From talking to other homebrewers, I sense many of us went through the same and somewhat predictable progression when it came to getting our wort to a boil. Most of us started out on our kitchen stoves and realized bringing 3.5 gallons (or more!) of wort to a boil was a lengthy task. We quickly learned […]
Who could say no to brewing on a commercial system? Not me, that’s for sure. So when my buddy Forrest asked me to join him I cleared my schedule.
The UK is in the midst of a home brew revolution, with an ever increasing amount of youngsters taking up the hobby. I’m a part of that. A few short years ago I knew next to nothing about making your own beer at home but now I’m tweaking recipes and sharing tips with friends. There […]