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Winter Ale

Brewed a second batch today from the Midwest Supplies Winter Ale kit.

This kit has been in our basement for a few months, so I replaced the original yeast with Imperial German Kaiser G02 yeast from Brew & Grow.

Bag of grains steeping in the kettle
Steeping some grains

I plan on bottling this one and letting most of it hang out in the basement til next winter.

OG: 1.055 / moved to secondary 1/24/19, SG 1.035

FG: tbd, currently fermenting!

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Brew kits of 2016

After a year of brewing and bottling everything, we decided we liked brewing enough to invest in something fun — a kegerator with 3 taps. Kegging beer is much, much easier than bottling.

That said, troubleshooting kegerator issues, cleaning lines and swapping out CO2 tanks is hard in its own way, but it does look cool in the kitchen.

Here’s what we made in 2016:

We also made a ginger beer.

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CPB Begins: Brew Kits of 2015

Not too long after we moved into our house, our friend Nick asked if he could store a bunch of homebrew equipment in our basement. We said OK, but he had to let us use it (and show us how).

We started off with brew kits. Here’s what we made in 2015:

These were all extract kits that yielded around 5 gallons. We bottled all of these.

Brewdolph and Saison de Noel were tolerable enough to give out as gifts for Christmas that year!

I’m writing this in January 2019, and we still have a few bottles of “The Pump” downstairs. Turns out 5 gallons of pumpkin beer is about 4.75 too many gallons of pumpkin beer for autumn, but that one actually seems to be getting better with age (so far anyways).