Archive for August, 2008

The hop harvest is done… I guess…

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Cascade Hops Bowl o' Hops!So I have 3 plants but only the cascade decided to give any good stuff this time. I’m not sure if that’s due to this being the first growth off the the rhizome, or what. The Willamette grew to the same size as the cascade, but only produced 8 cones… weird. Anyway, I did manage to get 1.5 ounces of fresh cascade for a brew next week or so. Can’t complain about that!

Brewing 2 weekends in a row??? NO WAY

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Yes way! very happy to say that I’ve managed to brew two weekends in a row! This weekend sees us brewing up a nice blond ale (the missus likes it very much). I’m going to use the rest of my cascade hops that I grew this year at the finish just to give it a nice nose. Good times! Happy Labor Day!

Finally brewed this weekend, CRIPES!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

So its been something like 3 months since I’ve had an opportunity to fire up the ghetto brew rig and get it done! I messed about with a Arctic Red clone recipe a bit and was even able to use 1/2 an ounce of the 1.5 ounces of Cascade hops that came from my hop garden! Its bubbling away in the fermenter this morning and I’m managing to keep it around 68 degrees. Just a short 3 weeks to go before the kegerator get’s fed again!

In Michigan having a great beer!

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Mrs.Halfmoonbrewer is from Michigan, so about 2x a year we pack up the little breweres and fly over to Grand Rapids for a few days. There are 3 great breweries you do not want to miss here

• New Holland Brewing Co.
• Founder’s
• Bell’s

Nerarly every beer I’ve had at all these breweries is top notch, but my fav is New Holland. Their Mad Hatter IPA is one of the best ever! Founder’s is a close second with an excellent lineup of great beers. Bell’s is excellent, but doesn’t quite stand apart from other good craft brewers to warrant more than an enthusiastic honorable mention. We’re headed to New Holland tomorrow on our way home from Chicago. I’ll let you know if I find anythig interesting. 🙂