December 19, 2012

I am working through some layout changes and post changes. I work during the day as a web developer so at times I just don’t feel like programming or updating the site. I have some new equipment to highlight and a couple more beers that I have brewed yet to be reported. I want to expand and do some tasting tasting notes and descriptions of the beers (and other beverages) that I have brewed and also craft beers from the store. Maybe even establishments.  If anybody is interested in doing a guest post be my guest! Just email me over at brewlogic [at] gmail [dot] com.

Saving Beer For A Special Occasion

What events or special occasion does everyone save up a special edition homebrew/craft beer for? My roommate and I are both still in school so when we moved in together he shared a certain ritual that he had been carrying on. Before the each semester, or before the end, he would get some special edition craft beers and save them until the end of the semester after his last final and pop them. Both of us work full time along with school so trust me when the end of the semester rolls around it’s nice to have something tasty to look forward to. After 3 years were still carrying on this tradition. I was in Total Wine the other day and saw a beer that I have been wanting to try and hear many good things about. So here it is, my beer of the semester. Barrel Aged Old Rasputin IV by North Coast Brewing Company. I can not wait for the semester to end!
Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV

Top 5 Brews of 2012

After my second consecutive year of homebrewing, I would have to say I stepped up my game and have made plenty of improvements. Last year, my first entire year of brewing, I brewed a total of 35 gallons. Due to money constraints and uncertainties I went into hibernation. After the start of the new year I broke out of hibernation eager to get back to brewing. At the end of December I found myself with 10 batches under my belt (or above my belt) and a lot of knowledge gained a long the way. I normally, for now, just do a 5 gallons batch because I’m still working off kits and trying to grasp a wide variety of knowledge on different styles of beers. Plus I live in an apartment! Ok so here are the stats, with 3 days until this year is complete and not enough time to get another batch kegged, I have stepped up production 42% this year alone with a total of 50 gallons and already have 15 gallons in fermentors. All of this beer but 6 bottles were consumed and that was because the bottles did not clean well enough causing some kind of spoiled taste leaving them undrinkable. Without further waiting let uncap this list of Top 5 Brews of 2012.
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Bourbon Barrel Old Ale

SRM 24

Bourbon Barrel Old Ale

Prep Time: 1 Hour Cooking Time: 1 Hour 30 Mins Total Time: 2 Hours 30 Mins


  • Malt & Fermentables
  • 6 lb. Amber LME
  • 3.3 lb. Gold LME
  • 8 oz. Brown Malt
  • 8 oz. Crystal 50-60L
  • 8 oz. Wheat
  • 4 oz. Aromatic
  • 4 oz. Chocolate specialty grains
  • Hops
  • 1 oz. Northern Brewer @ 60 minutes
  • 2 oz. Willamette @ 30 minutes
  • 2 oz. Fuggle hops @ 20 minutes
  • Yeast
  • Safale US-05 Dry Yeast
  • Misc
  • 2 lb light brown sugar
  • Secondary
  • Oak cubes soaked in makers mark for 2 weeks


  1. Primary: 2 weeks
  2. Secondary: 6 months
  3. Bottle: 2 weeks

Scottish Export 80/-

SRM 19
  • Malt & Fermentables
    • 6 lbs. Gold LME
    • 1 lb. Amber DME
    • 4 oz. Biscuit
    • 8 oz. Caramel 40L
    • 4 oz. Chocolate
    • 2 oz. Special B
    • 1 oz. Peat malt
    • 8 oz. Carapils
  • Hops
    • 1 oz. Challenger @ 60
    • 1 oz. Fuggles @ 30
  • Yeast
    • Safale US-05 Dry Yeast

SG: 1.058
FG: 1.015
ABV: 5.6%

Primary: 2 weeks
Secondary: 2 weeks
Bottle: 2 weeks

Product Page: Scottish Export 80/-

Lawnmower de Saison (v.2)

  • Malt & Fermentables
    • 3.3 lb. Pilsen liquid malt extract
    • 3.3 lb. Wheat liquid malt extract
    • 8 oz. Cara-20
    • 8 oz. Unmalted Wheat specialty grains
    • 8 oz. Carapils
    • 1 lb. Clear Candi Sugar
  • Hops
    • 1 oz. US Saaz
    • 2 oz. U.S. Goldings hops
  • Misc
    • 1/4 tsp. Grains of Paradise
    • 1 oz. bitter orange peel
    • 1/2 oz. whole coriander
  • Yeast
    • Dry Yeast

SG: 1.056
FG: 1.011
ABV: 6%

Primary: 1 week
Secondary: 2 weeks
Bottle: 2 weeks

Product Page: Lawnmower de Saison

Peace Coffee Java Stout (v.2)

SG: 1.065 | FG: 1.021| ABV: 5.8%
  • Malt & Fermentables
    • 8 oz. Chocolate Malt
    • 4 oz. Flaked Barley
    • 4 oz. Caramel 60L
    • 4 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains
    • 1 lb Carapils
    • 1 lb Brown Sugar
  • Hops
    • 1/2 oz. Challenger hops
    • 1 oz. Tettnang pellet hops
  • Misc
    • 1 lb Lactose
  • Yeast
    • Dry Yeast

Product Page: Peace Coffee Java Stout

Peanut Butter Irish Stout

SG:  | FG:  | ABV: %
  • Malt & Fermentables
    • 4 oz. Chocolate Malt
    • 4 oz. Caramel 10L
    • 4 oz. Roasted Barley
    • 4 oz. Flaked Barley specialty grain
  • Hops
    • 1/2 oz. Nugget
    • 1 oz. Willamette pellet hops
  • Misc
    • 1 tsp. Gypsum
    • Secondary: 6.5 oz PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
    • Secondary: 6.5 oz PB2 Powdered Cocoa Peanut Butter
  • Yeast
    • Dry Yeast

Product Page: Irish Stout