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Home Brew Class

About a year ago while out for lunch I drove by the Culver City Home Brewing Supply, I made a mental note of it as I knew that eventually I would like to start home brewing.  Since then, I have been doing lots of beer drinking, but also done some reading on the subject of home brewing.  Months back I asked Steve to send me some links on home brewing as he’s one of the few people I know that home brews.  Having an 11 month old little girl means we spend lots of time at home and also because of the summer heat, this prompted me to learn how to home brew and I ended up signing up for a class at Culver City Home Brewing Supply. The class turned out to be very informative and seeing someone go through the steps made me realize it wasn’t a difficult process. I’m ready to jump into this thing feet first, I’ll be buying a kit in the next few days and I’ll have to decide what to brew for my first beer batch.  I’m looking forward to debuting the beer and making pizzas for the invites. During the class we got a chance to sample of the beer that’s been brewed during previous classes. Below you will see pictures I took during the class.

The Recipe

Boiling

Hops

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Beer Outings

 

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More Beer Mail

I LOVE YOU DETROIT!

In my previous entry I posted pictures of the shipment that came from Illinois and the one pictured below came from the beer state of Michigan; two shipments of the bottled good stuff in less than a month, jackpot! I’m a big Dodgers fan, but I have not paid attention this year and I’ve stayed away from visiting the stadium due to all the BS that’s been happening with the McCourts, that was until they played a series against Detroit for inter league play. I was watching and even listening to the games on the radio; made me realize how much I missed hearing Vin Scully’s voice as he calls the games for the boys in blue. So yes, I was watching and I once again became a devoted fan as I witnessed the Dodgers beat the Detroit Tigers two games out of a three, not a sweep, but all we needed was two W’s to get some precious cargo filled with Cervezas! This is the third consecutive year where the Los Angeles Dodgers have beat the Detroit Tigers and I get to enjoy some beer; I raise my glass filled with beer to Detroit! Below you can see what beers the great Maestro Steve sent.

They made sure I knew it was from Detroit.

These boobs have been through a lot!

Always use protection.

Have you had any of these?

Michigan: The Great Beer State

Got some home brew with the package and glassware!




 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Beer Mail from Illinois

I’m like a kid waking up on Christmas day every time I get a package of beer delivered to me.  This package that was sent from Illinois, it’s from a long time internet buddy named Art.  This was the first time trading with Art, and I was not disappointed with the variety he sent my way.

Shipment

What style and beer can it be?!

Bonus!

Yum!

I’m not surprised Art sent me this, lol!

Good looking bunch

King Cobra and The Gang


 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Sancha by Skyscraper Brewing

This is a Mexican-style lager called Sancha, it’s by Skyscraper, a local brewery just a few cities over from where I live. I’ve had another beer by Skycraper, Lug Nut Lager, a good one, but that was maybe two years ago when I was starting this craft beer thing. Let’s get back to this one, like the great Vin Scully frequently says when broadcasting Dodgers games.

Sancha had lots of citrus aroma combined with grains and some dry grass field notes.  Lots of bubbly carbonation with citrus notes present throughout the entire sip and a bit tartness.  I get the concept and where the idea originates for a Mexican style Cerveza, but there was never a break from the citrus and this is what I was put off by.  I don’t recall where I heard this, but to avoid flies landing on the beer can, Mexicans began to add lemon and salt on the mouth of it.

As to not upset the beer gods I drank the whole bottle, but I won’t have it again. You can go out and try it, but don’t expect complexity or balance, as it’s very one-dimensional.  The citrus acid in this beer can be used to marinade chicken or meat and it’s not meant to degrade the beer, just an idea. For those out there that enjoy squeezing lime or lemons into their beers, this would be right up their alley and for those that are slowly are turning away from the big beer companies and are introducing themselves to craft beer.  One Beer Cap for this one.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Here’s to America!

You need your limbs and fingers to drink beer ya know, I’m sure it wouldn’t be the same drinking out of a straw.  Hope everyone had a safe 4th of July if you blew up some fireworks.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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