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snow bucket

Can I Brew with Snow?

Well, we’ve been getting pounded by snow here in Chicago, so figured this would be a good subject to tackle. Maybe it sounds like a cool ingredient for your Eisbock? It might even add that certain je ne se qua to your beer you’ve been looking for. Well, that’s partly right, but not in a good way. When I first started brewing… Read more →

frozen fruit

Freeze Fruit Before Adding It to Your Beer

I’ve made a few beers with fruits and vegetables now with some pretty good results, including a Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Blueberry Amber Ale and a Raspberry Jalapeno Wheat. While there are many philosophies out there on the proper way to add fruit in your beer, I prefer to freeze mine then puree in the food processor. Freezing fruit or vegetables… Read more →

yeast starter

How To Make A Yeast Starter

I recently had an epiphany that I was under pitching. By creating a yeast starter, I seemed to have fixed that problem. Here’s a quick guide on how to make a yeast starter. Ideal Pitching Rates Ales – you want to pitch around 750K cells of viable yeast, for every ML of wort, for every degree plato. Lagers – you want… Read more →

blueberry amber ale

Blueberry Amber Ale Recipe

While I’m not a huge fruit beer fan, I was in MI last summer and we went blueberry picking. Ended up with about 13 lbs worth. After making all the blueberry flavored baking goods you could think of, decided to make a beer. Started with a  basic amber ale recipe, tweaked slightly and added 3 lbs of fresh blueberries to… Read more →