San Diego’s best craft breweries – Part 3 – Mission & Ballast Point

June 25, 2012

My final stops in San Diego were Mission Brewery and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.  Ballast Point ended up having the single most memorable beer of my trip, so keep reading to hear all about it! Mission Brewery is right in the heart of downtown making it a convenient stop for anyone visiting San Diego.  […]

Read the full article →

San Diego’s best craft breweries – Part 2 – Alesmith

June 3, 2012

During my short trip to San Diego, I wanted to see as many of its esteemed/most popular breweries as I could.  After getting off to a great start with Stone, Port Brewing, and The Lost Abbey, I was so excited for what the next days would bring.  For my next day trip, on my radar […]

Read the full article →

San Diego’s best craft breweries – Part 1 – Stone, Port brewing, & The Lost Abbey

May 28, 2012

I spent the last few days in beautiful San Diego for a dental conference.  However, my secret reason for making the trip was to be able to check out the incredible craft beer scene.  San Diego not only has an abundance of craft breweries, but an abundance of great ones.  Since I was only in […]

Read the full article →

DIY temperature controller for freezer/keezer

May 20, 2012

Whether you’re just starting out with kegging or you’ve been doing it a while and are looking for more capacity by getting a chest freezer, this DIY project to build a temperature controller (using an STC-1000) for a chest freezer is perfect for you.  For about $40 you can build this controller to instantly convert […]

Read the full article →

How to dry hop your beer

May 13, 2012

Today I dry hopped my beer for the first time (my first all grain batch, as well), and wanted to share the experience.  Here’s a little background info:  Most often about 1/2 oz of hops per 5 gallons is adequate.  Also, you typically want to add it when fermentation has already mostly slowed down, or […]

Read the full article →

First all grain beer – recipe & step by step

May 6, 2012

Making your first all grain beer can be a little intimidating.  There’s that new mash tun you just built, and some extra steps that you may have read about but you haven’t had to do before on your own.  Also, when you look up recipes online they seem to glaze over some details that you’re […]

Read the full article →

Tap New York Craft Beer and Food Festival Review

May 3, 2012

I spent this past weekend April 28th & 29th attending the two day Tap New York Beer & Food Festival, helping to volunteer, serve for & represent Roc Brewing Co.  It was a unique and incredible experience, and I got to taste some of the best beers being produced in the region.  The event housed […]

Read the full article →

DIY Mash Tun Build – Assembly

April 22, 2012

If you have read my post with a shopping list of the parts needed to build a mash/lauter tun (MLT) with a 10 gallon picnic cooler, you’re now ready for the assembly.  You need to have two wrenches, at least one 3/4″ wrench, and a second the same size or adjustable in order to tighten […]

Read the full article →

DIY Mash Tun Build – Parts Shopping List

April 9, 2012

You’re ready to take the leap to all grain, and here I will show you step by step how to build a 10 gallon mash tun from a cooler.  While you’ve been considering converting to all grain brewing, you (like me) may have been intimidated by the idea of the new equipment required.  Hopefully after […]

Read the full article →

Going all grain – Mash tun & keezer builds

April 5, 2012

I’ve recently purchased the equipment to put together both a mash tun and a “keezer” (chest freezer turned kegerator).  I scoured Craigslist, kitchen supply shops, and hardware stores in search of the components & parts I wanted.  If you want to learn how to build your own mash tun inexpensively, check out my two-part DIY […]

Read the full article →