Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Busy night

Getting ready for the Grand Opening of the Penrose Pub this weekend. Will post pictures soon.
Last night I racked the mead off of the strawberries. Excellant flavor in this mead and the color is perfect. Let it sit and clear for several weeks, then bottle.
Finally kegged the Deep Forest Ale last night also. It took the oak flavor wonderfully, melted in with the spruce and maple syrup. It will be a fine sipping ale this winter!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Strawberry Mead

I'm placing 8 1/2 pounds of strawberries that Bill Garvey gave me with three gallons of Missouri Blueberry blossom honey mead that I started a while back. Hoping to end up with a semi-sweet to sweet strawberry melomel. A portion of this mead will go back to Bill for providing the fruit. I'm expecting great things out of this!
Bottled this on 10-3. Very tasty!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Olde Ale Revisited

Looks like I'll be brewing the old ale again this weekend. Will make a half gallon starter tonight with some yeast saved from the porter. A little brett, have a strain from England, should make the ale taste just right! Always good to brew!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Thinking back on my early beginnings. Hard cider made in my dorm room at Southwestern in Winfield,Ks with bread yeast. I remember an elderberry wine I made while living at Pammel Court (Iowa State) that we had to mix with Sprite to drink. Finished off the whole gallon that night, Di and Jan got toasty. Beer and wine making with Linda in Winfield. The persimmon wine was ugly, cloudy, murky, a real witches brew, but it tasted quite good. And look at me now, 5 beers on tap......

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Kegerator!

While its not finished, here are prelim pictures.

And pictures of the inside, notice 5 kegs with room to either store bottled beers or condition an extra keg in line-up.
A little white paint on the outside, make a drip pan......life is great!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Serving Vessel

Bought a freezer to serve beer from. Have my temp controller on it now. Its holding 4 kegs right now, when I make the collar (hopefully tomorrow) it will hold 5 kegs, with 5 faucets. Right now it has a couple picnic taps on the kegs. Should be nice!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Received 3 Gold and one Silver certificate today from the American Homebrewwers Association! My barleywine and meads are Golden!!!!!