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Homebrewing around here has taken a back seat to general everyday survival. We’ve been making a lot of our food from scratch and trying to get our probiotics in. We’ve been brewing kombucha for a while, but I have really been missing soda. Enter naturally fermented sodas!

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Power it’s back on. With it, the kegerator. Wife and kiddo are asleep. What better time to sit on the deck and sip a homebrew?

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Tornado Ale-y Pale

With summer nipping at our heels, the desire to brew and BBQ is getting too strong to ignore. Family plans shifted and I found myself alone last weekend. We are putting a new deck on the house in a week and will welcome the new deck with a smoke and (hopefully) a new BBQ table built by my dad. I figured one last brew on the old, wooden deck was appropriate and it might just be ready in time for the smoke out.

I bought a half sack each of Maris Otter and Canadian 2-Row malts through a group grain buy on the HBT forums. I’d never brewed with Maris Otter before, so I figured I would do a simple SMaSH (single malt and single hop) brew. Marris Otter is a British grain, so I thought it should be paired with Fuggles and Nottingham yeast. Correspondingly, the working name for this beer was M’uggle ESB. I crunched the numbers in BrewTarget to come in approximately for an Extra Strong Bitter. However, it looks like this beer is moving in another direction, as you’ll see.
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Batch 0301: Labels

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No, not legs; head .Β  After only a week in the bottle (forgot to post about it, but didn’t get any pictures anyhow), I decided to toss a bottle of the Saazy Blonde into the fridge for a “carb check” (more…)

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