Saturday, August 14, 2010 – a day that will live in infamy…

Ok, well, that  may be sort of blasphemous, but it certainly will live in infamy to me.


On Saturday, August 14, 2010, I brewed my first beer.


It was fun and exciting and hard and frustrating and hilarious and super and I’m in love…

Armed with the knowledge I’d gained from reading The Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian, the equipment I’d purchased, and the support of my home brewing Twitfriends, I set out to brew a Belgian Black IPA.  Here is the story of my journey…


Great way to start of the Brew Day- the carboy melded into the plastic bucket. How did I solve it? Heat them both in a hot water bath.



Good ol' fashioned Brooklyn water


16oz of Special B, 16 oz of Crystal 20L


The malts steeped for 30 minutes at 155°F, and yes- that is 10lbs of Liquid Dark Malt extract loosening up next to it


The magical recipe


3 oz Warrior Hop Pellets, 4 oz Cascade Hop Pellets, WLP 530 Abbey Ale Yeast


Can you tell that I'm excited?

Brewer's World

This was my brewer's world...





Muppet feet

Pay no attention to the Muppet feet...

Pain in the BIPA

Introducing... Pain in the BIPA

So this is love

So this is love...

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