How I Built A 6 Tap Keezer In My Garage

I know a lot of the DIY posts of how to build your own keezer involve things like welding, sawing, and general planning. However, I’m not really a DIY guy, so I wanted to do something a bit easier. I started out with just 3 taps, but as I brewed more, I realized I had more room […]

Heretic Brewing Taproom Review

Brewery Name: Heretic Brewing Location: Fairfield, CA Famous Beers: Evil Twin, Evil Cousin, Shallow Grave, Bovine Intervention   Overall Impression Amazing versions of some “standard” beers, served at a place with an easy-going atmosphere. The running theme of all these beers is “well balanced”, and the the brewer/owner is a real magician with the recipes […]

The Rare Barrel Taproom Review

Brewery Name: The Rare Barrel Location: Berkley, CA Famous Beers: Egregious, Map of the Sun, Cosmic Dust, Sourtooth Tiger (and more)   Overall Impression These guys make some amazing beers. They are practically impossible to get a hold of, so if you want to taste one, you’ve got to go to the taproom. It’s a […]

How To Reuse Yeast In Your Homebrew

For the first year of brewing, I always bought yeast packets every time brewed a new batch. But I recently brewed 4 beers in the same month and realized that they were all using Wyeast 1056 and decided to look into how to reuse yeast in my homebrew. I was a little scared at first […]

Off Flavor Taste Test #3: Benzaldehyde

Today is the off flavor taste test for benzaldehyde, colloquially known as “almond”, although I don’t really think that’s a good descriptor of it. The almost I know is a earthy, crunchy, dry, and nutty flavor. Although I understand now that they mean more of a ‘candied almond paste’ effect, like marzipan, calling it almost […]