Worts of Wisdom brew club meeting this Tuesday

October 7th, 2007 by Steve Travis

Meeting details:
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
7:00 – 9:30
MoreBeer, Los Altos
Topics may include, but not limited to, NCHF review, Stern Grove Comp plans,
BJCP class feedback, “Teach a Friend to Homebrew” Event?, set future meeting
locations, etc.
Beer of the Month:
10B. American Amber Ale
Check out Jamil’s 3/11/07 podcast on the style for a great discussion.
Bring any commercial or homebrew examples to share.

Pumpkin Fest Ale

September 30th, 2007 by Steve Travis

After doing a bit of research and listening to a “Jamil Show” podcast on spice beer, I formulated this recipe for a Pumpkin Ale. It’s a slightly modified version of Faceplant Amber – really just removing the Crystal 75L malt and switching up the hops a bit as not to fight with the pumpkin pie spice. Adding the pumpkin to the mash was fun, since I’ve never done something like that before. I don’t know why I was surprised, but you could really smell the pumpkin in the mash! I’ll let you know how it turns out! These and other recipes I’ve formulated can all be found in the Beer Recipes section.

Hey, I made the paper!

September 26th, 2007 by Steve Travis

Our local paper, the Half Moon Bay Review, wrote and article on homebrewing in which your’s truly is featured. Big thanks to Lizzy for getting my info over to them. Lou did an excellent job on the article and my wife was thrilled that her hubby made the paper. Not something that ever happened up in San Francisco! 😉 Here is the link to the on-line version of the article. Oh, and anyone who is looking for more info on the brew club, they did get my email slightly wrong, it’s stravis16@yahoo.com a small, but sort of critical error. Feel free to contact me there if you’d like more info on brewing or the club!

Norther California Homebrewer’s Festival

September 19th, 2007 by Steve Travis

Saturday, November 10th, 2007 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Stern Grove Clubhouse, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, Ca

Looks to be a good competition this year, in an excellent venue! I’m going to try to enter my blond ale and my pale ale which will, coincidentally be my first competition entry ever. 😯

Big Brew ]|[!

September 19th, 2007 by Steve Travis

Throwing another big brew next weekend. Hopefully have some pics to post from it this time! I think I’m going to do a xmas ale, so I’m off to find the bitchinest recipe I can. When I do, I’ll post it in the recipes section. I’m FINALLY getting on this in time to have it ready for the holidays. I always brew these too late and end up with a very unbalanced beer simply due to not giving it the proper 3 months to mellow out.

Brewed up a BABY!

September 7th, 2007 by Steve Travis

Shell and I welcomed our second child, Colin Michael Travis to the world today at 12:45!  7lbs 13oz, 19.5 inches of future brewer!  🙂

Why Session Beers Matter

September 4th, 2007 by Steve Travis

I got going a bit late this weekend on a pale ale I’ve been wanting to do for a while. So while waiting for my friends to arrive who were also brewing that day, I took my time cleaning, sanitizing and pouring myself a pint (or two) of the blond ale I had just put on tap. I don’t tend to “waste time” with making session beers (lets call that beers with an ABV of 4% or less) for the obvious reason. I like a bit of punch to my brews, even the “light” ones. Thus the blond ale I have is running just a hair under 6%. Long story short – not sure how many pints into it I was before getting to the boil, but I completely forgot my final charge of hops and I think I mis-timed the boil by 5 minutes. Neither thing is a tragedy, but the only reason it happened was my lack of clarity during the process. Now I’m not advocating relegating myself to some cheap American macro-swill, but I to think there is a case to be made for having something a little less “hot” flowing when dancing with the kettle. The only question is – where do I keep the stuff when I’m not brewing? I mean, I can’t have it taking up precious tap space, right? Perhaps I’ll just bottle it up in some 22s or something. If I figure out a good plan, I’ll post it. 😕

A lament for my secondary fermenters

August 27th, 2007 by Steve Travis

After reading a few brewing articles and listing to a bajillion podcasts about secondary fermenters, I decided to quit using them and instead just do a 3 week primary fermentation for my regular ales. Now I’m happy with the results, as I am brewing better product, but the downside of that is now my primaries are held up for 3 weeks instead of 8 or 10 days. A major problem for me especially now that I’m trying to “brew it forward” to get some freakin’ inventory. I have no solution here, other than buying more primaries, which I will probably do. I just wanted to whine about it for a moment. All done.