Beer and Wine: The Blog


First Beer of our Own: Dirty Lizard Amber Ale

January 1st, 2009 by Brian

So for our first beer, my brother and I took a recipe for an Alaskan Amber Clone and modified it. Here’s our best guess as to our modifications, since we unfortunately lost our original recipe:

7 Lb.Gold Malt Extract
1 Lb.Briess Crystal 60L
1/2 Lb.Winter Wheat Berry
1/2 Lb.Rolled Oats
1/2 Lb.Flaked Rye
1/2 Lb.Flaked Barley
1 ozCascade Hops
1 ozKent Golding Hops
1 tspIrish Moss
3/4 cupPriming Sugar
1 packageYeast (some kind)

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Back in the U.S.A. and Ready to Brew

December 14th, 2008 by Brian

After returning home to the United States, I visited my friend, Keegan in November and found he had gone from making wine to brewing beer. I had thought that the process was complicated and too much work, but we went to work and I helped him brew a Milk Stout. It really wasn’t difficult at all. I decided it was time for me to start home-brewing.


Brian’s History of Alcohol-Making

December 17th, 2007 by Brian

So I started making alcohol while abroad with the Peace Corps in Tanzania. The technique basically involved getting a bunch of fruit or other flavor providing substance, putting it in a five gallon bucket with five kilos of sugar, some baking yeast, and a little bit of tea (the tannins are supposed to mellow it out), and then closing the lid tightly and waiting for a few weeks. I made the following kinds of “wine” while in Tanzania.

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