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...

The Hairy Porter – A Rich Winter Warmer

The Hairy Porter is a full-bodied, slightly sweet, chocolatey beer without the astringency some dark ales have. We forwent the usual black patent malt and swapped it with a dark wheat malt, leaving the familiar brownish-red color and highlighting the Belgian Special B and chocolate malts. The flaked oats...

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...

Strawberry Melonball MIPA: A First Attempt Combining Fruit & Lactose

A trip to Portland, Maine in February 2019 reminded us that there is still some fun to be had with even with the most familiar styles of beer. Strawberry Melonball is our first attempt at the milkshake style as well as working with whole fruits, and after some unexpected delays we...

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...

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