• Homebrew wishlist (2014)

    Since there seems to be a bunch of homebrew gift lists floating around, I thought I might as well publish my own little list…

    These are books and other items that I want, not necessarily things that, for example, a novice brewer really needs. In fact, these might not be things I need as much as things I’d quite like to have…

    Equipment

    Digital Refractometer

    Milwaukee MA871

    The Milwaukee MA871 is an affordable and highly praised digital refractometer. It can measure gravity from 0°Bx to 85°Bx (about 1.000 to 1.438 OG) and has automatic temperature correction.

    Using Sean Terrill’s Refractometer Calculator, you can even use it to measure/estimate FG.

    Digital pH meter

    Hanna Instruments HI98128

    The Hanna Phep 5 pH meter is the pH meter recommended by The Electric Brewery and should be accurate and long lasting if cared for correctly. It’s also waterproof and floats if dropped in water or wort.

    You might want to grab some extras along with the pH Meter:

    Books

    Farmhouse Ales (by Phil Marowski)

    Farmhouse Ales

    Today’s farmhouse styles resulted from years of evolution, refinement, interpretation and re-interpretation of the simple, rustic ales once brewed on farms in Flanders and Wallonia.

    Farmhouse Ales defines these Saison and Biere de Garde brews in modern and historical terms while guiding today’s brewers toward credible and enjoyable reproductions of these Old World classics.

    For a more detailed book review, see Michael Tonsmeire’s review of Farmhouse Ales on his blog.

    Brew Like a Monk (by Stan Hieronymus)

    Brew Like a Monk

    In Brew Like a Monk, Stan Hieronymus details the beers and brewing of the famous Trappist producers along with dozens of others from both Belgium and America. Sip along as you read and, if you feel yourself divinely inspired to brew some of your own, try out the tips and recipes as well!

    Michael Tonsmeire also has a good review of Brew Like a Monk on his site.


    Full disclosure: Equipment links are Amazon affiliate links. The books link to Piranhas, my book price comparison service.

    You should also install Beer Styles, a free iOS app I built for browsing the BJCP style guidelines.

  • Baltic Amber

    I bottled my Baltic Amber this weekend. It’s an American Amber Ale brewed with sahti malt, hopped with Newport and Amarillo, and flavoured with a small amount of dried juniper berries (as a nod towards traditional Sahti). Fermented with Safale US-05 yeast.


    You should totally install Beer Styles, a free iOS app I built for browsing the BJCP style guidelines.

  • The next time you have connection issues, you can play this little Dinosaur game in Google Chrome.

    Press spacebar or the up-key when Chrome can’t connect to the internet.

    Google Chrome can’t display the web page because your computer isn’t connected to the Internet.

  • Extra Sahti Bitter

    The label for my Extra Sahti Bitter, which is an ESB brewed with Sahti Malt (from Viking Malt), flavoured with English hops and dried juniper berries. It was fermented with two yeasts: an English ale yeast (Fermentis S-04) and a wheat beer yeast (Fermentis WB-06).

    The wheat beer yeast was used as a “clean” substitute for the bread yeast which is normally used when brewing Sahti (since you can’t be sure that bread yeast doesn’t contain miscellaneous microbes).


    Beer Styles is a free iOS app I built for browsing the BJCP style guidelines. You should totally install it

  • New version of Beer Styles

    Beer Styles 0.10.0 on an iPad and iPhone 6

    A new and improved version of Beer Styles just went live on the App Store, though it might take a little while before it propagates to everyone.

    Release notes

    • You can now search for styles!
    • Send feedback via the app info dialog
    • Better contrast between the navigation and title in the top bar
    • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
    • Now with extra lemurs! (No, not really. I just made that up)

    What is Beer Styles?

    The app might not be very useful if you’re not into homebrewing, or at least into beer. Beer Styles wraps up the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines in a pleasing interface on the iPhone and iPad.

    Read more about Beer Styles from the original announcement blog post…

    Beer Styles on the App Store

  • Me, I'm Counting

    Just labelled two cases of Me, I’m Counting, my Dubbel that was supposed to be a Tripel (there were problems with efficiency).

  • My first iOS app: Beer Styles

    Beer Styles on the iPhone and iPad

    I’m happy to announce that my first iOS app, Beer Styles, is now available on the App Store.

    The app might not be very useful if you’re not into homebrewing, or at least into beer. Beer Styles wraps up the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines in a pleasing interface on the iPhone and iPad.

    Features:

    • Charts for OG, FG, IBUs, SRM, and ABV
    • A visual representation of SRM colours
    • Print the guidelines for individual styles
    • Share style guidelines (with links to the official BJCP website)

    Beer Styles is a native app built for iOS 8 with Swift. Due to a combination of arcane technical reasons and laziness on my part, iOS 8 is required.

    I built Beer Styles to scratch my own itch, but hopefully a few other people will find it useful too…

    Beer Styles on the App Store

  • Brewing a Tripel today

    Brewing a Tripel today

  • Labelling my latest brew: Beats Working (recipe by @tomkontra)

    Labelling my latest brew: Beats Working (recipe by @tomkontra)