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Posts from the ‘Man Cave’ Category

  • 43.17.11Growing Hops With Limited Space

    A couple of weeks ago Katy mentioned that we were beginning to think about what we were going to plant for our balcony garden. Well, I got a head start and ordered some hop rhizomes (a rhizome is a piece of the root, since brewing hops are all female, they are never fertilized and so there are never any seeds) from Fresh Hops so that I could grow my own hops for my home brew.

  • 33.14.11Man Cave March Madness

    We started a group on ESPN for all of our family and friends of the blog to compete in a bracket challenge. Winner gets a 6-pack of home brew Wedding Ale!

  • 63.12.1149 Bottles of Wedding Ale

    Today we took our home brew out of secondary fermentation and put it into bottles where it will carbonate over the next few weeks. Soon it will be ready to taste and put in the fridge.

  • 13.6.11First Look at the Wedding Ale

    We got our first glimpse of the American Wheat beer that will become Wedding Ale (or whatever name we decide) today, one week after we brewed the 5-gallon batch.

    To those that are not used to seeing the brewing process, you may find this first glimpse to be a bit disgusting! However, as soon as I opened up the lid of the bucket, I knew that everything was going exactly to plan.

  • 73.3.11“I Now Pronounce You Man and Hefe-WIFE-zen”

    A few days ago, I posed a question on Facebook asking for any new suggestions for what we should call our wedding beer. Until now, I had just referred to it as “Wedding Ale.” Here are a few of my favorite answers. Any other suggestions?

  • 22.28.11Brewing Wedding Ale

    Well, we have brewed the first 5 gallons of what will soon be our “Wedding Ale.” (Side note, if anyone has a better name, let me know.  Trent and Jean had their “Nupti-ale” at their wedding!) Anyway, we got to brewing about noon and the weather was beautiful. We also had some great company.  Unfortunately, […]

  • 32.25.11And The Winner Is…..

    Wheet Beer will be the official “Wedding Ale,” having won our poll by a mere SEVEN votes! I began looking up recipes and decided on an great American Wheat Ale recipe that will be very light and mild, but provide some good spiced fruit tones that every good wheat beer should have.  The hops will […]

  • 52.19.11Battle of the Brew – The Final Countdown

    It’s been about a week now since I originally posted our poll on what style of beer we should brew for our wedding weekend.  In an attempt to determine which style is worthy of the  “Wedding Ale” crown, I learned that our readers have a wide variety of beer preferences.  The following beer styles all […]

  • 52.13.11Choosing a Style for “Wedding Ale” – Poll

    **UPDATE: Due to the wide variety of answers, and how tight the race was, we have decided to have a RUNOFF poll between the two leaders, Wheat and Belgian.  Vote now in the runoff poll!** Now that I’ve got all of the equipment I need (a mash tun, wort chiller, and kettle) to brew up […]

  • 12.11.11Creating "Wedding Ale" Step 3: A Bigger Kettle

    Thank you!  This wonderful little site allowed me to find another local homebrewer that was “downsizing” and getting rid of some great equipment.  One of the things he was tossing was a used, empty 15-gallon keg.  But why would I want an empty keg!?  Simple – kegs make great brew pots.  In fact, there […]