Strom, Huelsman, and Cider

The final week of the NFL regular seasons is upon us. We have our new Final Fantasy, I mean Fantasy Football, league champion elect. The air is cool and the sky is gray. It’s a post Christmas time in Pittsburgh. Time for brewing… well, more like time to ferment. Interlude for a Small Frosty Break […]

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December Cru Brew

It’s a gray day in December. Fantasy football playoffs are in full swing and people are talking tash. Today we are brewing Rodenbach Grand Cru from Clonebrews (page 420). Going after a sour beer, one of the few we can find in bottle in the area.  This brew calls for a few new ingredient for us. […]

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Stone Clone & Hoppacopper

The USA beat Russia this morning in a shoot out that went 8 rounds in Sochi. The games are on at 7 am here so getting up for them on a Saturday is a bit of a challenge. There is another game tomorrow morning and if you were someplace watching with a crowd you’d want […]

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2014 Rat Pack Hoppacopper

The home team is back at home and we are like the rat pack with out musical skillz. Sitting around drinking some brews and watching the first round of the NFL playoffs. We have some random IPAs, Dos Equis and I’m going to try and get Brian to drink some tequila later. I don’t have […]

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Happy Labrew Day

Or Labor Day for those of you that don’t celebrate the holidays by brewing. Today is a special day for many reasons. We have a new brew kettle and we are using hops we’ve grown at Brian’s moms house and in our backyard in Lawrenceville. The Pirates are 3 games away from breaking a 21 […]

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Hoppily ever after

Today we are brought together to celebrate a nuptial brew, the mawwiage of swweet and sowur, whoppy and bitter, sobwriety and intoxication, wright and wrong, wremebreance and forgotten, wove and beer. Just watch for our inspewation. How did someone beat us to this idea? While waiting for the boil we busted out some older bottled hoppacopper and other beers […]

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Kegging Take 2

The Strom scare of 2013 is over. I’ve had beer with Brian on three different occasions since his dry-out. Thank god for the Super Bowl and Friday nights. Tonight we put the beer in the keg. The question is how much PSI at what temperature for how long before serving pressure. There is a lot of varying opinion on how […]

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Transferring for Keg 2

Tonight Brian told me he is taking a break from drinking. It could mean the end of the brewery. He also bought a juicer. Yep the dream is DED. . . . .

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Hoppacopper Keg Brew 2

Second to last Sunday of football and it’s brew day! While Brian cleans up the kitchen I’m getting caught up on the blog. The whole crew was supposed to hang out while we brew today but they are all hungover because we kicked the first keg of Hoppacopper yesterday. Weak constitutions. There is a lot to […]

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Hoppacopper Transfer

Today is the first week of NFL playoffs so we have football on a Saturday night, and the lesson we have learned is rubber doesn’t last forever. Although, the current rubber in question may still be serviceable. We are questioning the activity of the beer after one week. It seems low. Is it a cold […]

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