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Are you a Beer Guru?

Probably. But, who knows? I have been a fan of craft beer since the mid 90’s when I was first introduced to a style of beer called “India Pale Ale”. You’ve probably heard of it ;-). Anyway, soon after that I started homebrewing. I bought my first extract kit and the rest is history. So, […]



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The Next Barrel Aging Project

Well, the next James River Homebrewers barrel project is well under way. Several weeks ago a handful of us that got together at Original Gravity during the Big Brew a few weeks ago to brew a robust porter. The porter was to go into the bourbon barrel won by JRHBer Alan Sepkowski (Shiny Head Brewer) […]

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Beer Gun Bottling

It’s time to send off your bottles to the National Homebrew Competition. So, I broke out the Blichmann Beer Gun and got to bottling.  If you keg your beer a beer gun is not an absolute necessity but its pretty damn close. It makes to process of transferring your beer from the keg to a […]

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DIY: Mash Paddle

I’ve had a few folks ask me about the mash paddles I make and sell at Original Gravity. I know the last ones went off the shelves months ago and I haven’t had a chance to get them restocked. So, another brewer reached out to me on Homebrewtalk.com asking if I still made them and […]

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2 Noble Dogs – The Inside Fluff

You may have noticed that I have not been posting with any measurable regularity recently. I have no real good reason for this other than my work has picked up quite a bit and we have been going through a few family changes recently. As a lot of you know we lost one of our […]

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Brew Beer…Compete!

So, I’m struggling getting this post started. Why? Well, I’ll tell you. As most of you know last Wednesday was the opening (and closing) of the National Homebrewers Competition (NHC). I know it seems benign enough but for a lot of homebrewers it’s a stressful time. First, you plan out your schedule so that your […]

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Poor Old Noble Dog…. (Update 2012-11-13)

This post has nothing to do with homebrewing…. Sorry. Just wanted to let everyone know that one of the Two Noble Dogs is going through some tough times right now. Last Sunday Pica (short for Picasso) was quite lethargic and not eating her food. She has also lost a bunch of weight recently. We didn’t […]

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Learning the Art of Beer Tasting – Part 1

Have you ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of beer tasting? If you are reading this post I assume that answer is yes. Well, me too… I have been homebrewing for a while now but have never really picked up the art of being able to taste and describe beer accurately or consistently. […]

Bourbon Barrels

Big Brew Weekend – Russian Imperial Stout

A few weeks ago I traveled up to A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg. I picked up a couple 53 gallon bourbon barrels for our homebrew club (James River Homebrewers). We, as a club, had decided a while back that we wanted to try to brew a big barrel aged beer. It was a simple […]

Cascade Hop Harvest

When Should You Harvest Hops?

This is my second season of growing hops and I have to say it’s been a strange growing season for sure. This year in addition to the Cascade and Nuggets vines we planted last year we also planted Chinook and Fuggles. I don’t use fuggles very often but my wife likes saying “fuggles” so we […]

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