Saturday, September 8, 2012

Naked Gold IPA

Most IPAs I do have the same basic grain bill: 10ish lbs of base malt, some British or germon base malt, some crystal, and then something different. This time I'm tossing in a pound of golden naked caracrytstal oats (hence the name). I also bought some palisades and falconer flight 7Cs hops. I'm not sure how those are going to go together but they're both NWie aromatic hops so they should complement each other well.
I picked up a couple different yeasts I've not used yet and am going to do 5 gallons with one and 5 with the other.

Ingredients (10 gallons)
22lbs GW NW Pale Malt
4lbs GW Munich (20L)
2lbs Wyermans Carahell
1lbs Simpsons Golden Naked Caracrytstal Oats

3 oz CTZ @60
2 oz Chinook @40
2 oz Falconer Flight @15
2 oz Palisades @5

White labs 008 East Coast Ale Yeast
Wyeast 1882 Thames Valley II Yeast

Friday, August 31, 2012

Elysian The Wise ESB Clone

Just had this beer for the first time the other night and liked it (liked it enough to brew 10 gallons of it!)
Emilie and I got a pitcher of The Wise, but it ended up being less malty for her tastes; as a result, I had to attempt to take down the whole pitcher. I got close, but failed.

21lbs GW Pale Malt
2lbs GW Crystal 80
2lbs GW Munich 20
1/2lbs Wyermans
4 oz Bairds Special B

1.4 oz Chinook @90
1 oz Cascade @2
1 oz Centennial @2
1 oz Cascade @0
1 oz Centennial @0

Wyeast 1056

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blueberry Steam Ale

I Have been brewing some old favorites lately and I don't see any reason to log beers unless I change the recipe.
That being said.....and don't mock me, I'm making a blueberry steam ale. Steam ales are lagers that are fermented at ale temps. But that's not the embarrassing part. I normally am not into fruity beers and I would have mocked someone for brewing a blueberry beer too, but I'm telling you this stuff is legit! I had it (alongside a peanut butter porter) at brewbrothers and I was blown away.

5lbs GW 2row
2lbs GW Pilsen
3lbs GW Munich
1lbs Aromatic
(going from memory, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something)

1.12 oz cascade @60
.2 oz cascade @0

Wyeast 2352 Munich lager II

1/2 bottle blueberry syrup stuff in keg/secondary

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Homebrew Club

My buddies Andy (, Scott ( and I are starting a new homebrew club in SE Portland. All are welcome of course. It's called Cana Homebrew Club, we're going to meet on the first Saturday of the month at Andy's house. Come and learn, hang out, teach, chill, whatever.
The name derives from John chapter 2 where Jesus turns water into wine. The basic story is this:
Jesus is at a wedding in Cana, the wedding host runs out of wine and let's Jesus's mom know, who tells her son. Jesus has 6 huge water jars that were used for purification filled with water. When the host looks in them, the water has turned into wine. When the host try's the wine he says, and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now."
This may seem like a neat party trick (which it probably was), but I believe Jesus is declaring the new covenant (which is better than the old) in his blood is about to come. It's not a coincidence that Jesus used the purification jars. He did this to show that when the new covenant comes, which is by grace through faith in Christ, there will not be a need to continue to purify yourself each year, but that Jesus's blood will wash you clean forever.
Anyways, we want to have a club where people can learn to homebrew and, more importantly, find out about this covenant and to meet the real bridegroom who calls all to be apart of His wedding feast!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Falconers Flight Red IPA

Falconers Flight is:
"an exclusive proprietary hop blend comprised of many of the Northwest’s most unique hop varieties and is perfect for any Northwest-style IPA. Each hop has been hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones."
I've had a couple IPAs that used FF, but I thought the hops were only sold to large breweries like simcoe and amarillo...well, I was wrong. Brew Brothers has a butt load of them.
Here's the recipe I threw together:

7 Gallon Batch
14 lbs GW 2row
1 lbs Briess Caramunich 60
1 lbs GW crystal 40
.5 lbs GW crystal 120
.19 lbs Patagonia chocolate

1.5 oz CTZ @60
1 oz Cascade (or's 10% cascade)@15
1 oz Falconers @15
1 oz Falconers @0

4 gallons with safale05
3 with WLP02 British ale

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Alaskan Amber Clone

I haven't brewed in quite a while (for myself that is). I was up at my inlaws in Seattle area with out any homebrew, which isn't the best idea in the world. I headed to Safeway and picked up a 12 pack of Alaskan Amber for my father-inlaw and me. I haven't had an amber in years--choosing IPAs instead, but MAN that stuff is really good! I downed most of the 12 pack and made upy mind to brew it when I got back, so here I go.
10lbs GW 2-row (up from 8 for gnarly sake)
1 lbs GW crystal 80
1/2 lbs GW crystal 40
1/2 lbs GW crystal 10
1 oz cascade @60
1 oz saaz @15
Wyeast 1007 German Ale

Seriously the fastest brew day I've ever has! From water heating for strike water, to full clean up, it only took 3 hours. Stoked!
Had a krausen explosion

Monday, June 18, 2012

Auntie Mollie Lager

My little sister is turning 21 next month and I'm brewing the beer for her party. When asked what she wanted, she said, "something that tastes like PBR." I refuse to brew something I don't like, so this will be my take on an American lager. We'll see how it turns out.

8lbs gw 2row
.5 lbs maize

.5 oz nugget @60
1.5 cascade @5

Yeast: WLP862 Cry Havoc (new one)

Extra: .5 lbs white sugar

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Glitem Free Schmutem Free

My little sister is turning 21 and she wanted me to make the beer for party. Since she's a college student in Portland she's a hipster, and hipsters are all gluten-free because for some reason it's cool to not be able to eat stuff. If that's true I am the complete opposite of cool because I eat all stuff.
6 lbs Rice syrup
2 lbs dark candi syrup
1 lbs flaked oats

1 oz Ctz @60
1 oz cascade @30
1 oz cascade @0


I had forgotten how easy
extract brewing is, I barely had to do anything

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pineapple IPA

Never tried anything like this, but I always thought pineapple or grapefruit would be really good in a mellow IPA. So here goes. I'm going to quarter the pineapple and add it to primary, or at least that's my plan.
11 lbs gw 2row
2 lbs gw Vienna
1 lbs gw Munich wheat

1 oz Ctz @60
1 oz chinook @20
1 oz cascade @0

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Red Guy IPA

Addie named this one (red guy is the red muppet from sesame street). 110 IBUs
13 lbs gw 2row
1 lbs bries caracrystal wheat
.5 bries carapills
2 oz CTZ @60
2 oz centennial @45
2 oz cascade @25
4 oz cascade @0

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Coconut Brown

Emilie had Kona's coconut brown and liked it enough for me to try and clone it. Here's my shot at it (grain ingredients were taken odd Internet)

9 lbs GW 2row
1 lbs GW crystal 60
.5 GW chocolate
.5 breis carapills
.5 GW flaked oats
.31 black patent

1 oz cascade @60
1 oz cascade @30
1 oz cascade @0

Extra: in primary
1 lbs toasted coconut flakes in (toasted @ 400 for enough time to make the kids say, "is mommy making muffins?")
1 oz coconut extract

Safale 04 yeast

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Theres sort of an argument what a SMASH is, some say it's a Single Malt And Single Hop, while some say it's a Sour MASH. I'm certainly not the one to argue semantics or make any decisions. This brew is both a sour mash and a single malt single hop, so I guess it is really a SMASH.
I soured the mash by mashing and sparging on a Saturday then letting the wort sit until Wednesday. Slight sour taste in the ore boiled wort. Last time I did a Sourmash I let the mash sit out in the grain for two days. It was way too sour. The reaction? To quote Andy Shaw, "it tastes like catfish bait."

13 lbs GW 2row

2 oz cascade @60
2.5 oz cascade @5

1084 Irish ale


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rainbow Dash Barleywine

I really need to stop letting my daughters name the beers I make...

16 lbs gw 2row
1 lbs briess carapils
1 lbs gw crystal 80
2 lbs of sugar

Hops (boiled for 90 min)
2.5 oz ctz @60
1.5 (super 10%) cascade @45
3 oz cascade @5

1968 London esb

Boiled for 90 min and yielded 4.5 gallons of 1.12 wort.
Then I let 4.5 gallons of 170* water sit in the "spent" grain for 25 minutes and boiled that for 45 minutes, adding .5 oz galena @45, .5 oz summit @30, and 1 oz hallertau @10. Yielded 3.75 gallons of 1.048 wort

Monday, February 20, 2012

Total domination IPA 2.0

11.5 lbs GW 2-Row
1.6 lbs GW Munich
0.8 briess Carahell

1oz Summit @60m
.5oz Summit @30m
1oz Cascade @5m
1oz Crystal @1m

Dry Hops:
1oz Crystal for 14 days
1oz Cascade for 14 days

Wyeast 1056 Slurry


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Christians and Alcohol: A Response

Pastor John MacArthur of grace to You Ministries recently preached a sermon entitled: Christians and Alcohol. In it he extolled believers that getting drunk is sinful, that anyone who would choose to be drunk is counter to the Holy Spirit's moving in their life. Here, here Mr. MacArthur.
He went on; however, to explain the differences between what we have now and the wine, or oinos, consumed by believers in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
His main arguments was that the wine in the New Testament and the Old Testament was either mixed somewhere between 4-1 to 20-1 water to wine, or boiled into a pace, or jelly, then applied and eaten on bread, therefore it is vastly different than the high alcohol wine that we have today that is in endless supply. In response to his main point: the Bible, as MacArther pointed out, is crystal clear that you cannot get drunk with wine or it is a sin. I guess I don't understand how the Bible says

"Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
In the end it bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter perverse things.
You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
"They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I must have another drink." (Proverbs 23:31-35 ESV)

If this wine that Proverbs is speaking of here is simply a jelly eaten with bread or wine that has been mixed down so much so that it is basically Welches grape juice, how could one be beaten and not feel it? How often do you drink eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and see strange things?

MacArthur also pointed out that their are a multitude of words used in the Old and New Testament that take on different meanings in our present day. His example was slavery. Slavery in the Old Testament and New Testament was a way for poor people to survive, which of course is different than how we view slavery. And how there are a lot of younger reformed pastors who wear a badge of drinking on their chest and who tell their congregations to go and drink (He specifically mentioned Mark Driscoll, who recently publicly repented for not drinking earlier as he was being legalistic). He cited their arguments that alcohol like food, if consumed in moderation is within a Christians freedom to do. MacArther rebutted their point saying: no one I know has ever driven off a cliff after having eaten one too many tacos, or no one has ever killed somebody with their car because of eaten too many cheeseburgers, and no one he knows has ever raped someone because he's eaten too much.
This, of course is a logical fallacy. The sin and aftermath of being drunk is not like the sin and aftermath math of gluttony. Nor is the sin aftermath of being drunk at the same as the sin and aftermath of lying. Using MacArthurs same reasoning no one has ever lied because he's eaten too many tacos or killed or committed idolatry, so does that make any of those sins less damning then drunkenness? No. All sins are damning all sins separate us from the love of Christ.
Using another categorical fallacy and flat out being mean, MacArther ended that section by saying these pastors might as well tell their congregants to go have slaves.

I'm sorry Mr. MacArther I just don't see where you are coming from. I enjoy that you care for the Bible, I respect how much you know about the Bible, but I do not see here why you are misconstruing biblical principles and otherwise ignoring what the Bible says regarding alcohol.
No legitimate Bible believer thinks it okay to be drunk. But to make the increadable and unbiblical jump is simply irresponsible. The facts are these. God gave us the fruit of the vine to enjoy, Jesus made a crap load of wine for a wedding, and we will drunk the fruit of the vine anew in the kingdom.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Biscuit ESB

I went to a new brewery a couple of months ago called Coalition Brewing, they have a really good ESB that has a lot of biscuit in it. I really liked it and I wanted to try To make it myself, the brewery is really nice about letting you have their recipes but I wanted to try it myself.
I think I got the grains pretty close but the hops were a complete guess. I use the rest of my fresh hop cascade so don't freak out when or if you read this and you see a lot of hops at the end.

9 lbs gw 2row
2.5 lbs biscuit
1 lbs gw red wheat
0.5 lbs gw crystal 60

1.1 CTZ @60
15 oz cascade

Safale 04

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Te-Boner IPA

This is (sort of) the same Workhorse clone recipe as before, but I watched Timmy Tebro as I brewed (sorry for the crude name, but come awesome is that guy?) so I dedicated the batch to him. First time brewing with my new quick disconnects from I also got two more taps from kegco through

Since amarillo is no longer available I decided to go with citra, they're pretty similar so I think it'll taste the same. Also, I upped the base grain by a pound. Aside from that, everything's the same.


 14.5 lbs GW 2-row
1 lbs GW Crystal 40L
1 lbs Carapils

1.5 oz Columbus @ 60
1.5 oz Citra @20
1 oz Cascade @5
1.5 oz Northern Brewer @0
.5 oz Columbus Dry Hopped for 7 days
.5 oz Citra Dry Hopped for 7 days
.5 oz Northern Brewer Dry Hopped for 7 days
.5 oz Cascade Dry Hopped for 7 days

Wyeast 1968 London ESB

5.3 Gallons strike @ 165

3 Gallons batch sparge @175

Whirfloc Tablet @20

Yeast Nutrient @20

1-8-2012--I really like my quick disconnects. Super glad I shelled out the money for these things. No more switching hoses or tightening hose clamps. Gravity came in at right around 1.070.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Holy Cow, I'm Famous!

The craziest thing happened to me the other day when I was at the brew store: I was hanging out drinking a sampler or two (read: three or four) and chatting with the other brewers. I asked this guy, Ben or Dave or Dan i can't remember, what he was brewing. He said he was brewing a Workhorse clone. As irony would have it, so was I. He went on to say he got the recipe for a guys blog that called the brewer for the recipe. Weird, I said, I called the brewer for the recipe. He said, yeah the guy posts all his recipes on his blog. Weird, I said, I post all my recipes on my blog, Is it poorhouse brewing? It is, Ben or Dave or Dan said. THAT'S ME I shouted (remeber the five or six samplers?)
So anyways. I'm famous. You're lucky to know me if you do that way if someone ever asks you the most famous person you know, you'll have a good answer. Too bad I screwed up my google ads account or I could get some cash off this here blog.