Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Creation of the Susquehanna Ale Trail

Owner Carol Stoudt at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown. Stoudt’s is one of seven brewery locations on the new Susquehanna Ale Trail. Similar in style to the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, the Susquehanna Ale Trail includes seven breweries, brewpubs and craft brewing … Continue reading

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Draining the grain bag

  We drain our grain bag after steeping in this mesh strainer. Never squeeze the bag as that releases tannins. Tannins: good in wine. Bad in Beer!

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Dumb Beer Laws

In Tennessee, you aren’t allowed to buy beer over 6% in a beer store — for that you have to go to a “liquor store”. In Pennsylvania, “non-alcoholic” beer (less than 0.5% alcohol) can be sold at supermarkets, but you … Continue reading

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Way to go Governor Phil Bryant!!

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) – Everyone raised their glasses in celebration of the passing of the “Beer Bill” Monday afternoon at a Hattiesburg bar. Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will allow an alcohol content of up to … Continue reading

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North Carolinians, Support these Former Homebrewers!!

Craft brewery comes to Carrboro   Increasingly in Carrboro, you will find a culture of artisan foods and gourmet gurus. Some of it is imported and some of it comes from the old mill town itself. But among the French … Continue reading

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She’s breaking into the ‘boys club’ at Three Floyds Brewery

Abby Titcomb, a brewer at Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, Ind., is breaking into the boys club at the renowned brewery. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times View Gallery In this modern age of craft beer snobbery it’s “guys with ponytails and beards … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need to Add Anything to This? Of Course it Does!!

Beer makes men smarter: study Males solve brain teasers better after consuming alcohol, researchers say. Beer might make you smarter, researchers find. Beer makes men smarter. So say researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. They found that men … Continue reading

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Raise Your Pints Wins the Battle in Mississippi, Nice Work People!!

Mississippi finally ends craft beer ban   Craft beer lovers are celebrating in Mississippi! The state passed a bill allowing the sale of high-gravity beers It took a small group of dedicated ‘beer geeks’ about five years to make it … Continue reading

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More on the Building of the Homebrew Movement, Plus a Nice Mention on Justin from the BN!

Boomers, Hipsters Brew Up New Hobby   Turns out the boomer generation and Gen-Yers have more in common than they thought: beer. “It’s definitely a social club. There’s really nothing better than having a few people over and spending the … Continue reading

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“Faux Craft Beers” Something to Consider….

Locals debate ‘decoy’ craft beers Despite national economic issues, one industry seems to be doing just fine — in fact, it’s doing better than ever. Though total beer sales by volume decreased by 1.3 percent in 2010, the craft brewing industry saw … Continue reading

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Measuring the gravity

  Reading the hydrometer from the bottom up is an easier way to get an accurate read. The foam on the top often gets in the way. On dark beers, the use of a flashlight helps.

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Beer, Does a body good !!

In May 1999, Texas Southwestern Medical Center reported that the results of studies demonstrated that those who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two per day) have a 30-40% lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to those who … Continue reading

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Midwest Supply,”Octane IPA”

Style Information Name: 18 Recipe Type: Partial Mash Category: IPA Type: Ale   OG: 1.064 – 1.068 FG: 1.012 – 1.018 Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Caramel 40L 8oz add and steep until 165 degrees Gold 6 lbs added … Continue reading

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More of the Many Benefits of Fresh, Local, Homebrewed Beer!!

For local beer, try brewing it yourself Home-brewed beer is a local product that lives right at the intersection of local and Do It Yourself (DIY). While it might seem that a local brew would be easy, as we discussed … Continue reading

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New Suppliers to the Homebrewing Army!

Getting Crafty New beer supply store brings the microbrew craze home   DO THE BREW: Michelle Peck and John Savard recently opened Wilmington Homebrew Supply, which offers demonstrations and tastings weekly. To outsiders, American beer seems to be defined by … Continue reading

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