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Lawn Lounger – Belgian Saison

I liked the looks of this recipe I saw on BrewingTV for the Tomax + Xamot split batch. I’ve wanted to brew a hoppy saison for a while, so I just instead of splitting the batch like the recipe calls, I just did a full batch of the Xamot. This was my first time making […]

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Red Rookie – India Red Ale (IRA)

My first solo all-grain batch was a recipe I saw on BrewingTV for the Cloverland Resinator India Red Ale. The name is a reverse of my first ever brew because this is another first. Irish Red Ales are what got me into craft brew, so they have a special place in my heart. I’m also […]

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EdWort’s Elixir – Cider

I read about this recipe on HomeBrewTalk.com and it sounded so easy I had to try it. I thieved a taste after 4 weeks and it tasted like a Chardonnay with some apple flavor. After 8 weeks, it cleared up really nicely and the flavor had mellowed out significantly. It tasted like apple cider with […]

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Groggy Golfer – Dry-Hopped Kölsch

This was a kit from Northern Brewer called “Un-Kölsch” because it was basically a Kölsch, but overly hopped during the boil and also dry-hopped. I really enjoyed the original Kölsch I brewed, but since I’m a hop-head, I decided I’d give this one a try. It came out a little overly bitter, but not in […]

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Shell Shocker – Double IPA (DIPA)

My favorite style had to wait awhile, apparently. This started as an extract kit from O’Shea Brewing for their Hop Monster. My first taste was not a pleasant one. I waited a while to let it mellow out on the “homebrew aftertaste”, and it did fade, but never enough for it to be a good […]

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Wiseguy Wheat – Weizenbock

This is a full-flavored wheat beer. Has a sweet and slight banana aroma, with some roasty notes. The thick mouthfeel will keep you sipping this one slowly, which is probably a good thing as it’s supposed to be a double. My readings for ABV came out lower than the recipe stated, but it still feels […]

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Golfer’s Grog – German Kölsch

A German Kolsch is hard to find in the U.S. so I decided to brew my own. I had never actually had one before this, so I was only slightly aware of what it would taste like after reading the descriptions online. It turns out this is one of my favorite beers now. I followed […]

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Sightless Swine – Blind Pig IPA Clone

A clone of Russian River’s Blind Pig IPA. Now you know why I named it Sightless Swine. It’s a well-balanced IPA with a sweet malt flavor and mild hops. It was good, but I probably wouldn’t brew it again. I’m not sure what caused it, but there was an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. It mellowed out […]

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Haley Haze – Apricot Hefeweizen

I introduced my girlfriend at the time, Haley, to Kona Brewing’s Wailua Wheat and we both loved it during our summer trips to the Big Island. I wanted to brew something similar that would be sweet, light, and have a very mellow fruit finish. I started with a kit from O’Shea Brewing for an American […]

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Rookie Red – Irish Red Ale

This was my first ever homebrew, hence the “Rookie” reference. It’s an Irish Red Ale that came out extremely well. I would definitely brew this again. Roasty malt flavors with a crisp hop finish. Very typical Irish Red. Brew Date: April 9, 2012 Bottled On: January 29, 2012 O.G.: 1.040 F.G.: 1.014