Updates and new directions: May 2020

Welcome back! After an intentional and much-needed hiatus we are finally ready to share what we’ve been up to for the past few months, most of which has overlapped with the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus in 2020. Highlights include Rick’s latest beer recipe, Melon Collie Berry, a thank-you to...

Metaphors & Rainbows … Whatever: A Juicy Vermont IPA

Metaphors & Rainbows … Whatever is our first attempt at a Vermont IPA. We’ve brewed IPAs in the past, but never one with the distinct haze, orange color, and big, fruity flavors associated with the Green Mountain State — and adopted by the rest of New England. The most...

DiploMEADic CHAImunity – Braggot

DiploMEADic CHAImunity gets its start and origin from a recipe by Rob Friesel, whose blog Rick has been following for over 15 years. The recipe was published along with his article in Brew Your Own magazine on the Braggot style. Having done a few meads this past winter we...

Tasting Mead and Melomel: Patience pays off

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this brewing experience, Rick and I showed you how to make mead and how to add fruit juice to create a melomel from the same base. Now, after months of patiently waiting, it’s finally time to taste them! This week we’re joined...

Photo HOPortunity – American Pale Ale

This week, we’re tasting and sharing the recipe for Rick’s latest brew. For those who would like to brew this beer it is available below, as well as on Brewer’s Friend. This was the first beer done on the new 1800W induction burner in our dedicated brewing space in...

Mead & Melomel: variation on a honey brew

In Part 1, Rick explained the simple method for making mead, an ancient beverage of fermented honey. Next Steps Today, Rick racked the mead to a freshly washed carboy to get rid of the sediment that had started to build up over the past 5 weeks. We’ll keep half...

Making Mead: Honey plus time yields a delicious beverage

We have been intending to make mead for so long that it had become something of a joke. “I’ll get to that right after we make mead.” Then this past summer whilst cleaning the basement we realized we had nearly 14 pounds of honey … and that it was...

Tasting Big Llama Bräu with Scott Russell

A few weeks ago we met up with Scott Russell at the homestead. Scott had been kind enough to develop a special beer recipe for Gage Hill Crafts called Big Llama Bräu, and we enjoyed the brew day with him. Now it’s time for the moment of truth with...

14: Neil FitzGerald, Homebrewer

Neil FitzGerald started out in his homebrew pursuits the way many people do: with recipes and techniques he learned among friends. After a couple of decades, he decided to upgrade to all-grain brewing in a dedicated kitchen in his basement. We discuss Neil’s evolution as a homebrewer and his...

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