Tasting Notes: Back Porch IPA

Let me start off by saying that this beer is delicious. It is a perfect beer for summer in my opinion, but I am a little biased. The flavor is very similar to the Cascade IPA I made awhile back, but a bit more fruity specifically grapefruit. The hops are definitely there, but the bitterness […]

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A Not So Session IPA

Bottling day has come and gone for my Back Porch Session IPA, and I am still baffled by what my beer has done. My yeast has decided to kick into overdrive and turn this session beer into a full strength IPA. Before I began bottling, I did a gravity check to make sure the beer […]

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Brew Day: Back Porch Session IPA

After a couple of months away from the brew kettle, I got back to the hobby with a beer that’s perfect for spring in Minnesota (when it eventually comes). I decided on a nice session IPA that was easily drinkable and came with a great hoppy character. Here are some of the recipe highlights: Brew […]

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Flavor Issues and Storage

As I have been drinking my Eye of the Loon Red Ale, I’ve been very happy with its malt-forward, toasty flavor. However, after a week away on vacation I came back to a very different beer than I had before. I opened a 22oz bottle and was met with a harsh, almost sour, aftertaste. This […]

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Eye of the Loon: Snowy Brew

Despite wind and snow, the brew day for Eye of the Loon Red Ale went off without a hitch yesterday. I made a few changes to the process this time around that ended up helping out quite a bit, and hopefully will make for a tasty brew. I wanted to brew out on the back […]

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Spontaneous Brew Day

The stars have aligned for me to brew a batch over the weekend. It’s been a couple of months since my last brew so I’ve been itching to make another batch. The timing is perfect to make a red ale that will finish up just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I have been tinkering […]

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