Christmas Cyser 2009

This is my second year making a cyser, this year I've timed it better for the holidays and it should be ready around December 10th. Cyser is both a cider and a mead, that may be a little confusing but if I say it's a mix you might get the mistaken impression that you blend of the two. You can do this, but I like doing it all in one shot. There really isn't enough information presented here or in...

Review: Ram Restaurant and Brewery

We found ourselves running around Meridian and the growling of our stomachs told us that dinner wouldn’t wait any longer.  We don’t find ourselves in Meredian all that often so we only had a few ideas of where we could go, but then a sign popped up on the left, Ram Restaurant and Brewery.  Everyone that knows me is already aware of my views on beer, the smaller the brewery the...

Brewing: Porto Robusto, a robust porter

A porter is a dark ale, rich in malty flavor that is balanced well against its hops and perhaps the pinnacle of ale, which is the true king of beers, no matter what Budweiser foolishly claims.  Bud is only one among many mass-produced testimonials to mediocrity.  Actually I don't like lagers that much and the commercial varieties are too light in body and the blend of sweetness and hops...

Brewing Report

Memorial Day was a bit of a brewer's report card for me, and here's the results of a tasting session: The Lemon Head was interesting, it went too sweet which surprised me because sitting on the yeast with that much sugar it should have gone much deeper into the alcohol flavors, but it just might be that the acids and bitterness of the lemons combined with the alcohol it fermented as high as the...

Newsvine Piece: My Kitchen the Brewery

I like to word hiatus, it’s a nice highfalutin word meaning took a break, goofed off, or did something else and I’ve spent the last six months largely doing something else.  The main reasons for the hiatus were twofold, first I spent a fair piece of it under the weather and its amazing how much being sick takes out of you.  Secondly the gruelingly unpleasant political process, the...

Brewing: Scottish 60 Shilling aka 60/-

I'm not a big fan of what most people call American beers, Lagers and Pilsners made light with very little body. Thin and watery, like the Monty Python joke, its like making love in a canoe... fucking close to water. I like a heavier brew, ale generally, with a good backbone to it. Malt is good and I don't mind hops at all, though I like them malty to balanced, hops shouldn't dominate the brew....