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First gluten-free brew

So yesterday I had my first official gluten-free brew day. 6.6 lbs of surgham and plenty of hops. Also used a dry ale yeast which apparently does not have any gluten in it. I pitched the yeast yesterday around 3pm and as of this morning around noon there was no big activity as of yet. I will check again tonight after work and see how its progressing.

Added by Scott Murray on October 26, 2010 at 5:54pm — 6 Comments

Brewery Tour: Troegs

I went camping with majority of my family this past weekend out in Manheim, PA which is only 20 minutes or so outside of Harrisburg where

the brothers Trogner have been brewing… Continue

Added by Kyle Park on October 26, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Adventures in Homebrewing: Pumpkin Brew Day

I dived head first into solo brewing a few days ago and it was what one might call a fiasco. I took over the kitchen, cranked up my iPod, poured a brew, and got to work...which took me most of the day. Everything went as smoothly

as one could have expected from…


Added by Kyle Park on September 27, 2010 at 10:35am — 6 Comments

Volunteers needed for pour @ Saturdays Newtown Blues & Brews fest

Hey Guys,

Origlio is in need of people to help pour there beer at the Newtown Blues & Brews fest this Saturday! (09/25/2010)

If you are interested contact Jeff @ or 215-741-1981 ext3

Added by Stephen Hawk on September 21, 2010 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Yet another reason to HomeBrew!

Knock Back a Cold One, It's Good for You
May 17, 2010 8:45 AM EDT

Real fitness comes from years of puritanical self-denial, the kind of stark existence that molds body and mind into a steely machine capable of stunning physical feats. Oh, and it also takes a few pints of good beer. It turns out that beer and fitness really do go hand-in-hand, despite the beverage's…


Added by Gianpiero Lo Piccolo on May 18, 2010 at 10:44am — 1 Comment


Whats up fellas. I just joined the club officially. Ive been coming to the meetings for about 4 months now and I was at Big Brew Day and had a blast (smoking a quality cigar thanks to Steve). Looking forward to starting all grain brewing by mid to late summer. I'm on my 5th extract now and I cant get enough. Ill be coming to you guys for all my questions when I dive in head first to all grain.

Added by Bryan Hartzell on May 10, 2010 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Bottle Day

Well the first brew is coming around the final bend, bottle day is set for Saturday. I will post the results after bottling has finished.

Added by Dave Sanislo on April 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Pliny the Younger Charity Event Blue Dog Tavern Sunday - March 14, 2010 @ 11:30AM / ends @ 11:30PM

Hey guys I have two tickets that I am trying to sell if anyone wants to buy them shoot me an email - ..... I had a friend pick up a couple extra tickets before they disappeared.…

Added by Gianpiero Lo Piccolo on March 8, 2010 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Building an Airlock to Ferment in a Corny Keg

I was lucky enough to take part in a small group that obtained a Bourbon Barrel for the use of aging beer. For our first batch, we brewed an Abbey Dubbel and I contributed 10 gallons to fill the 55 Gallon Barrel. The beer aged in the barrel for about 4 months until we pulled the Dubbel and replaced it with a Russian Imperial Stout. This left me with 2 5gallon corny kegs full of Abbey Dubbel.

Since I had 2 kegs of the same beer, I wanted to do something different in one of them. I… Continue

Added by Jeff Louella on March 6, 2010 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational! Who's going?

  • Sunday, March 21, 2010

    • Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational

      1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

      The 3rd annual Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational is returning to Yards Brewing Company for the second consecutive year. This incredible event

      features the nations finest cask ale

      producers and offers attendees the…


Added by john b on March 4, 2010 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Just picked up 20qt stainless kettle for $14!

Family Dollar on Aramingo ave has stainless kettles in various sizes, with lids, wicked cheap.

Added by john b on March 3, 2010 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Beer Wars added to Netflix Watch Instantly que

Not sure when it got added, but if you have Netflix and wanted to watch the Beer Wars film that was in the theater last year, now you can stream it.

Added by Erik D on February 22, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Allagash -- Gotta Have That Funk

Last month I headed into the city to the Tria Fermentation School to attend a "class" led by Rob Tod - Head Brewer of Allagash Brewing Company.

I signed up for the class late, so I was expecting standing room only, however, after mistiming the Philly traffic, I was the first to arrive a half-hour early. The "principal" Erin told me she had a cancellation, so I could pick any seat I wanted. Sweet. I decided to do something I never did in the normal school of my childhood -- sit up… Continue

Added by Dan Noon on January 16, 2010 at 9:53pm — 6 Comments

A Beer Twirp in Antwerpen!

Greetings one and all!

This time, with the help and suggestions from our fellow ALEien - Johnny B - I am going back to Belgium, Antwerpen to be specific.

As usual, with Cologne as my starting point, the drive shouldn't be too bad (but winters here have a familiar quality to them that I just don't enjoy much...)

Antwerp's name, besides its modern incarnations,… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on December 6, 2009 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

Carboy and Keg Washer

Yes... yet another version of a keg and carboy washer...

The first time I heard of a "keg washer" was listening to Dr. Scott describing his brewing gadgets on The Brewing Network's Homebrew Gadget Show (clip is about 105 minutes in) back in December 2005. I also came upon a cool post by Dave @… Continue

Added by Sam Scott on October 18, 2009 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Historisches Heidelberg

Greetings fellow Bierliebhaber!

Another trip to Germany, and another opportunity to educate my mind and palate - this time in historical Heidelberg in the southwestern part of the country.

Originally, I had set my sights on Frankfurt, but the overwhelming recommendations from my colleagues swayed me from that and moved me an additional 50km or so further south. My brother-in-law… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on October 10, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Brew On Decou

In a combined spirit of "Big Brew Day" and "Teach a Friend to Brew" I have invited some friends to my house on Saturday for a full day of home brewing.

In two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, my friends, mostly novices but one brewing veteran from years ago, will endeavor to produce something like 40 gallons of beer!

Morning session:

Eivind & Fraser: Uerig Old Altbier (10 gallon,… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on September 18, 2009 at 11:21pm — 4 Comments

Kölsch in Köln

Hello again,

Last post for a while, but I wanted to share with you another wonderful experience of touring a few of Köln's sources of traditional, excellent Kölsch. As you probably know, Kölsch, is a top-fermented, light (almost lager-like) ale. It can only be called "Kölsch" if it's from Cologne, otherwise it's simpy "Kölsch style"

Spending as much time in Cologne as I've been doing recently, and believe me I do feel very lucky, I've had a chance to… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on September 4, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Altbier in Düsseldorf's Altstadt

Hello again!

On Wednesday, a colleague had volunteered to take me on a tour of good places for Altbier in Dusseldorf. Since you can't get Altbier in Cologne (more on that later), the trip went into the city of arts and high society.

Our planned route was simple, given that this was a school night, but what a trip it would turn out to be!

First stop was… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on September 4, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Belgian Beers in Brussels, Belgium

Bonjour, Goedemorgen, and Gute Morgen!

I'm back in Cologne, Germany for work, and it's Saturday morning over here. Time to take a trip to Brussels, Belgium to see what the Belgians know about beer. I suspect it may be a thing or two...

The drive should take about 2.5 hours, and I will again be flying at low altitude… Continue

Added by Eivind Sandstrand on August 29, 2009 at 4:53am — 5 Comments





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