Home Brewing


Summer All Grain Brewing
Summer All Grain Brewing

What can I say ? I have always enjoyed beer, ever since High School (yes, I did drink in HS !)

Came to VT in 1996, and a few years later  had a taste of Ray McNeill’s Ruby Red Ale  .. Ray has a 10 and also a 20 barrel brewery in Brattleboro VT.

I wondered how hard it would be to make this … well, I haven’t made beer quite as good as his Ruby Red, but I have come close.

Choosing a style to brew is sometimes a challenge, but I have pretty much settles on brewing the beers I enjoy drinking. So many styles to choose from.

Guide to Beer Styles

There are many excellent homebrewers, and some live close by. I was glad to have a few to my place in the Fall of 2008 for some home brewing .. The group is Yankee Ingenuity, and we try to get together for brew sessions, or an occaisional brewers night out.

Yankee Ingenuity Columbus Day 2008
Yankee Ingenuity Columbus Day 2008


Feb 15, 2009

Today I am brewing an Irish Red Ale (Northern Brewer Extract Kit) 1040 O.G.

Style Description


NB best selling kit. Style is malty, smooth and slightly sweet. Deep copper color is enhanced by specialty malts. Great taste and “drinkability”. Easy to prepare and not expensive.

Steep grains 3 gal  @155  45 mins – 1 hr.  Bring to boil. Add 1 oz Willamette hops. boil 30 mins. Add 1 oz Kent Goldings.

LATE extract addition  @ 45 mins . Chill. Pitch 15g Nottingham. Ferment @ 60-70 deg.


Feb 22, 2009

Today I am brewing a Mild Ale (Northern Brewer Extract Kit) O.G. 1032


A light-bodied ale with low bitterness and rich color. Very drinkable with lower alcohol content.  A grest “session” beer, when you know you’ll want to enjoy a few pints. Ready in just 4 weeks (St Patty’s Day).


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2 thoughts on “Home Brewing

  1. kappclark

    Needing to post updates … latest brew is an American IPA using US-05 which is just getting started fermenting in the basement. Use a 75W aquarium heater and a large Muck bucket to put the fermenter in. Trying to brew every 2 weeks. Amber Ale is 2 weeks old (extract lit/nottingham yeast)

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