At the start of 2016 I started a new Instagram account called Badgerbrews. I have debated about whether or not to start a separate blog for beer and brewing related posts and I have decided for now to just keep all of my content in one place here on this site. I keep going back and forth about whether that is a good choice, but it is just easier for me to use a single site. I’ll put a link to this “Beer & Brewing” category in that Instagram profile link so that only the beer posts show up for visitors from that source.
This is my journey through the world of fermented craft & homebrew beverages. Some of the content will be about commercial beers and breweries, some of it will be me homebrewing beverages, and other posts will be about other vineyards, distilleries, meaderies, cideries, and fermented beverages that I can find.
I plan to expand on some of the stories and posts that I upload to Instagram here on this blog.
Most likely I will use this as sort of a brew log with photos and recipes and processes and measurements from each batch which I will slowly upload over time. In 2015 I was trying to brew 100 gallons, for no specific reason other than that I thought that I could hit that threshold. I ended up brewing 21 batches (totalling 83.4 gallons) of beer that year, which taught me a ton about brewing processes, ingredients, & sanitization. Most of those batches were either for sharing with friends at Firefly music festival, for entering in the state fair homebrew competition (my Peach IPA won 2nd place in the Delaware ingredient category), and for our wedding, where we had 8 different homebrews + a homebrew cider + a homebrew wine.
Lots of batches fermenting and waiting to be bottled:
Beer cellar/fermentation room was getting a little bit crowded, 2015-06-03. Brewed 8 different beers for the wedding. In the summer my basement stays around 65° F, which is perfect for most ale fermentation. Since then I've built a fermentation temperature controller for a refrigerator. #weddingbeer #wedding #homebrew #homebrewing #beercellar
In 2016 I have not brewed as much, but when the summer heat starts to die down I’m sure I’ll start brewing more. I have a few new ideas for some fall and winter beers.