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American Brown Ale With Homegrown Hops

For this year’s harvest, I create a plan to brew a beer to showcase each of my hops plant cones. With three plants, there was going to be three beers. The first one that I brewed was an American Brown Ale with Nugget hops. These cones were the first to ripen so they got used first. Check out this video where we discuss the results of this beer:

Sometimes Beers Are ‘Just OK’

Although I used a large quantity of my homegrown hops, the flavor that came through in the finished beer was more earthy than pine and more herbal than citrus. It was a fine, drinkable beer but it didn’t fit an American hop profile.

Mike found that the hop profile actually had a black tea component. The malt background was strong because of my use of Special Roast malt. The hops flavor made for a nice autumn beer.

So What Did We Learn?

Thinking about it from the time we tasted this beer and writing this post, I have come to the conclusion that the ol’ Nugget hops won’t be used in any of my single hop beers again, if at all. Where I planted this variety is near my vegetable garden and I think it’s choking out my plants. I may need to rip this one up and plant it somewhere else (if it survives).


Beer Brewing 101 – Our Book

After 12 years of writing this blog, the last 6 years focused on posting videos on YouTube and following up in this space, we were presented with a book writing opportunity. The book is called Beer Brewing 101 and it will be available in stores on October 1, 2019. Watch this video as we talk about our approach and to whom this book would be valuable.

A Book For Beginners Who Love Craft Beer

We wrote this book for the person who is driven by the love of beer. When we first started out, we wanted the quickest and cheapest way to get into brewing beer at home. To this day, brewing using malt extract in partial boils is the easiest entry point for beginners.

This book covers all the bases. It has all the information someone needs to know regarding equipment and ingredients. It also has 30 of our recipes and some of them were created with well-known craft beers in mind.

If you ever enjoyed any of our content over the years, we would be honored if you would buy this book. Maybe you can add it to your collection, or maybe give it as a gift!

Here’s the link: Beer Brewing 101 Book on Amazon


Brew Dudes Homebrew Swap – Exchange #37

We’ve been getting all kinds of beers sent to us over the year(s). This time around, we got a special one. It is a crystal clear Czech Pilsner and we were excited to dive in. Watch this video about what we thought about this remarkable homebrewed beer in our Exchange number thirty seven:

Our Tasting Notes

Chris in Indiana sent us this beer. He had some questions about brewing lager and after corresponding about it, he sent us one of his beers.

Appearance: This beer was extremely clear. It was impressive.

Aroma: The floor malted pilsner malt brought a lot of graham cracker aroma in the nose.

Flavor: Mike described it as round and smooth. Not as crisp in the finish, but the malt presence was great throughout. The beer had the same kind of hops flavor I am used to getting in my lagers. I wish the Saaz we got as homebrewers was as good as commercial breweries.

We’re splitting hairs – this beer was great. Hope it does well in competition.


Idaho Gem Hops SMaSH Beer Tasting Notes

I did get a lot of hops from Homebrew Con 2019. Some of those hops even came in a can. With one of those cans, I brewed a one gallon batch with Idaho Gem hops and no other variety. Check out our video discussing this SMaSH beer and how these hops should be used.

What Did We Think?

The descriptors attached to this hop variety were promising. There is supposed to be some pineapple as well as cherry in flavor and aroma. In the aftertaste, there is a reported spicy, herbal component.

Well, we got the spiciness but the fruit flavors were pretty lacking. The cherry and the pineapple were hints at best. Mike thought the fruit flavors were more of underripe fruit than anything bold like cherry.

Overall, we thought this hop variety was better for blending than any other application. Add it in to accent a fruitier hop like Rakau.

Brew ON!

Lallemand American East Coast Ale Yeast Review

If there was one thing we learned about at Homebrew Con 2019, the dry yeast makers have upped their game. We got a packet of Lallemand’s American East Coast Ale yeast and we took it for a whirl. Check out this video as we taste the results of a NEIPA or NEAPA that we brewed using this yeast strain.

How Did The Yeast Perform?

This beer had a starting gravity of 1.060 so I felt pretty confident that I could pitch the yeast right out of the packet. The fermentation started in less than a day. It was showing off a nice band of krausen when I woke up the next morning.

The finishing gravity was 1.011 making for a nice, dry finish. The yeast strain was able to handle the simple sugar I added to the boil to help me get that dry finish.

If you are looking to brew with a yeast that works for hoppy style, make sure you include this packet as one of your choices.


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