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In case…

 

In case your wondering who this idiot is, that is bashing your favorite beers…that’s me on the left there…what a schmuck, right.

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I totally need to talk my wife into letting me build a kegerator.  The problem is that right now…I don’t drink much.  I only consume about a beer a day and we don’t entertain much, so other than that a kegerator would be cool…I just can’t justify it to my lovely wife.

This is where you all come in…

Any ideas on how I can convince my wife to let me build a kegerator?  How long does a typical keg stay good?  If I only have a beer a day, is there going to be a bunch of beer going to waste?  or will it stay good until I get to it?

Anyone know of an inexpensive kegerator in the midwest that might need a new home?

 

Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

cheers…

 

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

 

More reviews and recipes to come…seriously…I promise

Hey there…here is the plan.  This weekend, I’m going to be brewing an IPA…

It’s going to be a single step infusion mash which for the most part is a fairly simple way to handle the mash process.

For a 5 Gallon batch you’ll want to add 6 to 6 and 1/2 gallons of water to the mash.  The target temperature for your water should be 150 degrees F for a duration of 60 minutes.

Any questions?

Ok…on to the next bit.  After the mash is complete, put all your liquor into your pot and move back to the stove…boiling time for this recipe will be a total of 90 minutes.

The ingredients.

Grains

12 lbs of 2-row pale malt

2 lbs Rye malt

2 lbs Caramel malt

Hops

1 oz Admiral (added at start of boil)

1 oz Brewer’s Gold (added 30 minutes into boil)

2 oz Magnum (added 15 minutes before end of boil)

 

Yeast

Wyeast 1332 (Northwest Ale Yeast)

 

Following the boil, move the wort to your primary fermenter and allow the liquid to cool.  Once cooled, pitch your yeast.

The primary fermentation should be about 7 to 10 days.

This IPA should run right around 8.5 ABV with an IBU of 139 if all goes well.

 

Predicted Original Gravity is 1.078

Predicted Terminal Gravity is 1.013

 

To some extent, I sort of assumed that if you found your way to the recipes section, maybe you’ve done a bit of brewing, but if not drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I can fill you in on some of the basics of the brewing process.

 

Cheers…and happy brewing.

 

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

 

Not sure if this is someone’s homebrewery…or if this is a micro or what, but Fat Bassett Brewing Company is a pretty cool name…so I thought I’d post their T-shirt here…

I’m so excited I can barely contain myself.  The Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine Wisconsin is this weekend…THIS WEEKEND!!   This year it’s being held at the Racine Zoo.    I can’t wait.  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  Hanging out, sampling tons of really great beer with my dad.  Really a great time!!

It’s all thanks to the Kilties ( a drum and bag pipe group that is based in and around Racine).  They put on the Great Lakes Brewfest as one of their annual fundraisers…and they do a really nice job.  It’s always a lot of fun…lots of great  beer, good food and cool people to talk to.   Good music too. Pretty much everyone behaves themselves too.  We’ve been going up to thew Great Lakes Brewfest for the last 6 years or so…and we’ve never seen a fight or really even an argument.   The whole thing takes on the atmosphere of a really mellow frat party…something like that.    Anyway, it’s this weekend.  It actually starts up Friday night…and then is open again Saturday starting at 3pm.

Check it out at http://www.greatlakesbrewfest.com

It really is a blast!!

Maybe I’ll see you there.  If you happen to read this…and end up going on Saturday, look for a shaggy red-haired guy in a Potosi Snake Hollow IPA t-shirt…if his name is josh, you’ve found me.

Anyway, sorry for sort of a weird post, but I’m so excited, all I can think is Brewfest…and I’ve still got a few days to wait!!

Cheers…and maybe I’ll see you in Racine!

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Coffee Stout

New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus, WI

www.newglarusbrewing.com

ABV – 6.3%

IBU – Unavailable

You can smell the chocolate malts and coffee that go into New Glarus’s Coffee Stout the second you open the bottle. Truly a beautiful thing.

 New Glarus Coffee Stout appears black in my pint glass…it has a creamy off-white head that starts out about half an inch thick. Nice head retention as well. It hung around for a few minutes fading to a beige film atop the pitch black brew.

 You can definitely taste the coffee in this brew. It compliments the roasted malt flavors nicely. New Glarus Coffee Stout is thick, rich and creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

 Something in my brain is imagining how fantastic a New Glarus Coffee Stout Chocolate Cake might be…but that’s a topic for another day. Back to the beer.

 While I’ve had many of New Glarus Brewing’s other offerings, this is my first experience with their Coffee Stout. This was a phenomenal beer. I think it could be enjoyed by both stout aficionados and those that are new to the style. I will certainly be picking up more of New Glarus’s Coffee Stout whenever I can.

Cheers…

Josh Frank

Hey there everybody!!

We’re down to about three weeks from the Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine, WI (Sept 16th and 17th).  I’m bouncing off the walls with excitement…as I am every year at this time.

The Kilties really put on a fantastic brewfest.   Really a nice, safe environment.  Everyone is always really cool and we’ve never seen any fights or any of the other craziness that is often associated with lots people drinking.  It’s a blast year after year.

 

This year, there is a slight change.  The Great Lakes Brewfest is moving from the festival grounds it has traditionally occupied in downtown Racine to the Racine Zoo…so I’m actually really looking forward to that.

 

Anyway, as the anticipation is building…I just had to say something otherwise I might burst.  I just can’t wait

 

If you’ve never been to it before and wanna check it out, tickets are available at www.greatlakesbrewfest.com

 

cheers

 

Josh Frank

Hey there…

I need some help with a ratings system.

The stars thing is wearing a little thin.  I’m also trying to figure out if I need a ratings system at all of if I should just give the facts, end with my opinion of the beer or my recommendation and leave it at that.

Since starting on this process a few weeks ago, I’ve found the stars system a little unfair.  So I’m sort of stuck.  A letter grade seems a little weak as well.  This is all my opinion without any right or wrong…so I don’t know exactly what to do.

I’m way more comfortable drinking a beer and explaining it than grading it.   I really am hoping over the course of this to expose myself to some beers and styles I might not have tried and along the way to turn you all on to some things you might not have tried before either.

What do you think?  I’m curious to hear what you have to say.

Also, any home brewers out there…

if you want to send me a bottle one of your creations,  I’ll taste it and do a write up here.  I’m a home brewer too and always love the response the first time someone tries one of my beers.   So if you’re interested, drop me an e-mail at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I’ll pass along mailing address.  Ales, lagers, dark, light, malty, hoppy, whatever you all are creating…I’m eager to try it out.

cheers everybody.

josh frank

Hey there

This is my first “Beer n Shtuff” post.   I’m passionate about good beer and needed a place to come to talk beer, post some reviews…maybe the odd homebrew recipe…stuff like that.

I’ll do my best to keep this regularly updated…so try to stop by as often as you can.  Who knows, maybe i’ll be able to turn you on to a beer you’ve never tried or been interested in before.

My taste in beer has changed over the years.  I first fell in love with the dark and malty stouts and porters, but over time have become a bit of a hophead.  These days, my dad and I enjoy chasing down the hoppiest IPA’s we can get out hands on.

The funny thing is, they’re not always microbrews.  One of my favorite IPA’s right now is made by the Big Horn Brewing Company (the folks that operate the RAM brew pubs).   There is something to be said for consistency.  I know that I can walk into any RAM Brewpub, order a Big Red IPA and it will be fantastic every single time.   On the more micro side of the aisle, I’m hooked on an IPA called Bitter Woman that is made by Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, WI.  I’ll get around to posting reviews of these and others later on…

Anyway, if you stumble across a beer that you’d like me to check out or review…or if there’s anything else you’d like to see here…drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com

Cheers

josh