Tasting Notes – Street Pappy DDH American Wheat with Caramelized Honey

Aroma: Citrusy quality with light bread crust notes.  Some pine hop quality from the Simcoe but mainly tangelo character from both varietals (Simcoe and Amarillo).  Almost comes across as fruit candy-like. Very light honey character, not much along the lines of deep sugary/molasses aromatics I was hoping from caramelizing the honey.  Very clean, some essence …

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Cleaning, Sanitizing and Storing a Used Oak Barrel – First Steps in Starting a Solera

For those that are unfamiliar, a Solera by definition, is a a process used traditionally in sherry, vinegar and brandy production, however, can be used for beer, particularly sour beer, where a single stage vessel, in most cases an oak barrel, is filled and every so often (6-12 months usually) around a third of the …

Street Pappy – American Wheat Ale with Caramelized Honey

I've been trying to brew some lighter flavored beers lately and bought some grain to brew a gose: half german pilsner malt, half white wheat malt.  I never got around to buying a good pH meter, or investing the time to culture some lactobacillus or dedicating separate equipment to kettle souring.  Having this grain bill …

#Thicc – India Pale Ale with Mangoes

Every year, my local homebrew club, The Shenandoah Valley Homebrewers Guild (SVHG), puts on a big educational, and most of all, philanthropic event in the fall called Mashtoberfest.  During this event, club member serve their homebrew, a number of home brewing demonstrations are available, food vendors serve local fare, and people have a great time supporting their …

Barreling Forward – Insights on Wood and Spirit Aging

Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting this topic at our monthly homebrew club meeting with the invitation extended from a fellow club member (thanks Doug!).  I figured that it would make sense to sum up the presentation into a solid synopsis that would allow those interested to get off to a confident start.  As …