Archive for the ‘Ale’

Amber Bock

Posted by admin on Sunday 17 August 2008

My 7th brew is ready and is awfully tasty.

Amber Bock

I haven’t had bock before so I can’t compare it to anything, but it does taste lighter than my last few beers.  It’s good so I will make it again in a few months.

Homebrew Amber Bock

Posted by admin on Saturday 9 August 2008

We bottled the amber bock last night and are now patiently awaiting it’s arrival in our fridge.  In the process I was forced to finish my bitter so I would have enough bottles.

I will be beta tasting the bock later this week and will be researching how to make a good wine because my and BEER mom’s 2nd anniversary is just around the corner.

My amber bock will be about 6% alcohol when it’s ready.

Brewing Amber Bock

Posted by admin on Sunday 3 August 2008

Pitcher of Amber Bock

I brewed some amber bock this evening.  Now let’s just hope it will look as nice as the Amber Bock pictured when it’s ready.

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Amber Bitter

Posted by admin on Friday 11 July 2008

BEER dad Bitter
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Bitter Countdown

Posted by admin on Monday 7 July 2008

After an eventful weekend, our Bitter is finally bottled and conditioning, and will be ready in another week.  I’ll spare the details of the process, because bottling this beer went exactly the same as the other 5 times.

We ended up with 72 bottles, but opened one to take the ending gravity to determine the alcohol content.  The bitter ended up darker than I thought it would, but I was aiming for an amber color anyway so I guess that counts as a success.  It is just over 5% alcohol, which is fairly strong compared to other pale ales.  It is light brown in color and seems to have a lingering aftertaste like the coffee beer.

And Bitter makes six

Posted by admin on Monday 30 June 2008

On this historic day, whatever year it is, I’m proud to announce BEER mom and I made our 6th batch of beer.  It has also been 6 months since our first brew finished and a little over 6 months ago when I started this site.

Tonight, for our sixth brew, we went the unpopular route and chose to brew some bitter.  I mentioned last time that English Bitter isn’t very different than a pale ale, but it’s called bitter because of the amount of hops it contains.  I decided a while back that I would try brewing a lighter beer since almost everyone who tried the coffee beer said it was too strong.

We started this evening the same as all the other times we brewed beer, except this time BEER mom was having  good hair day.

BEERmom having a good hair day

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English Bitter

Posted by admin on Sunday 22 June 2008

Despite the lousy name, I decided we will brew English Bitter next time we make beer.  I have 16 coffee beers left so most likely we will start the Bitter next weekend.

English Bitter

English Bitter is actually a type of pale ale, which was my second choice of what to brew next, but tends to have a greater strength, flavor, and more defined appearance than regular pale ale.

A popular type of English Bitter is IPA or India Pale Ale.  Bitter tends to use more hops than regular pale ale and typically has a lower alcohol content.

I will be making a strong bitter (comparable to ESB in the United States) which will have a slightly higher alcohol content than most bitters and hopefully a dark amber color.

Wichita Wheat Beer

Posted by admin on Friday 2 May 2008

We still have about 20 bottles of wheat beer left, but I plan to start brewing more next weekend. I also forgot to mention that everyone who tried my wheat beer last weekend really enjoyed it. It is definitely something I will make again.

I am still trying to decide what to make for the next brew, but am leaning towards another dark ale such as a porter or a light stout. I will be in Chicago for a week for work beginning tomorrow, so that will give me time to decide.

Kaden got his pictures taken last weekend as well, and as of Tuesday weighs 8 lbs 4 oz. Here is him posing as Kaden Zoolander at Sears.

There are more pictures in the Baby Smith photo album.

Good Wheat Beer

Posted by admin on Sunday 13 April 2008

The wheat beer is done and tastes great. We will be in Overland Park on the 26th, so if you are in the area come try some. Otherwise you are always welcome to stop by our place in Wichita for a sample.

It looks pretty clear compared to the other stuff I’ve brewed, but definitely tastes like wheat beer. I will post pictures next time I have one and remember the camera.

How to bottle wheat beer

Posted by admin on Saturday 5 April 2008

The bubbling sound coming from our fermenter slowed the other day so BEER mom and I bottled it Thursday night once baby went to sleep.

We had a rough first few nights with him, because waking up every 3 hours wasn’t something we were used to. He also didn’t like something Laura ate so we quickly learned about the most useful parenting secret – mylicon drops.

He’s sleeping fine now and had his first doctor’s appointment yesterday. There are more pictures of him after the bottling pictures.

How to bottle beer

I’ve already talked about how easy it is to make beer, and bottling is no different. You typically need 2 1/2 cases of bottles for bottling time (if you are making a 5 gallon brew) ± another 4 – 6 depending on how full you fill them.

The first and most important step when bottling is having everything sanitized and prepared before you begin.

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