Category Archives: Homebrew

Community Tap Beer Fest Signals Greenville’s Arrival

Asheville has Brewgrass. Charleston has Brewvival. Greenville now has the Community Tap Beer Fest. With an established brewery (Thomas Creek) and two more on the way (Quest & Brewery 85), a brewpub (Blueridge), America’s Most Arrogant beer bar (Barley’s Tap … Continue reading

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How I Celebrated My 6th Brewing Anniversary

Today is the sixth anniversary of my brewing obsession. On January 7, 2007, I brewed my first batch of beer, an extract Red Ale kit I bought from Bet-Mar Liquid Hobby Shop in Columbia, SC. It wasn’t a great beer, … Continue reading

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Homebrewers Star at the Charlotte Oktoberfest

I’ve had the opportunity to pour beer for Thomas Creek and Mother Earth at a beer festival before, and I always tell people it’s much more fun to be behind the bar than the one attending. You’re basically a rock star … Continue reading

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5 tips for creating all-grain homebrew recipes

I’ve been homebrewing now for over five years. My beer has come a long way since the days of pouring extract syrup into a 2.5 gallon stock pot that was way too small and always boiled over. One of my … Continue reading

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Untamed Maibock Takes Second at the Upstate Brewer’s Cup

I’ve never really liked having the spotlight on me. Some of the earliest home movies of me are in front of a birthday cake as a three-year-old fidgeting around uncomfortably as my family sang happy birthday. I’d rather watch someone else perform. … Continue reading

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A Soldier Down

I made it five years, 20 days and 58 brews without losing a batch. Then came the fateful day, on January 18, 2012 when I made a small, one pound sour mini-mash. This mini-mash was to go into a Berliner … Continue reading

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Tuthilltown Spirits offers homebrew-sized whiskey barrels

Looking for a whiskey barrel to age your homebrew, but don’t want to invest in a 50-gallon barrel? Upon the recommendation of a man whose name I can’t remember from a recent beer dinner at American Grocery, I came across … Continue reading

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Fermentation Temperature Experiment

I consider fermentation to be the final frontier of homebrewing. Ingredients are pretty easy to pick out. Then you start worrying about things like quickly cooling your wort after brewing, but a wort chiller is a quick solution. Once you … Continue reading

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Untamed Beer reviewed on the Bearded Brewer

My homebrewing pen pal in Minnesota, The Bearded Brewer, posted a review of several beers I sent him this fall. He was very complimentary, and I’m honored to receive such praise. I am really looking forward to receiving his shipment … Continue reading

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results of the open fermented tripel

I’m back! Did you miss me? In case you were wondering, I’m not dead, I’m not pregnant and I haven’t stopped drinking beer. I felt like I needed a break to recharge the creative batteries. After a two month hiatus, I’ve … Continue reading

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