Wood Used in Beer Flavor 

Wood Aging Your BeerI haven't had a huge amount of experience with wood aging, but I'll write down the little bit that I've had.  There are three ways that I have used wood to flavor my beers.  A tiny 1 liter barrel, a large 5 gallon barrel, and my favorite, wood cubes.The first time I used wood to flavor my beers, I used my little 1 liter barrel during secondary… Read more

Wood Used in Beer Flavor 

Wood Aging Your BeerI haven't had a huge amount of experience with wood aging, but I'll write down the little bit that I've had.  There are three ways that I have used wood to flavor my beers.  A tiny 1 liter barrel, a large 5 gallon barrel, and my favorite, wood cubes.The first time I used wood to flavor my beers, I used my little 1 liter barrel during secondary fermentation.  I fashioned an adapter for the… Read more

Pouring A Perfect Pint 

GlasswareTo truly appreciate a beer it needs to be served in the correct glass. The world of beer contains a wide range of beer glasses, all shaped and styled in different ways. Apart from being visually appealing, the shape of the glass can affect the beer experience influencing taste, aroma and the initial pouring. The glass shape can also influence how quickly the beer warms up as well as how the head… Read more

Torrance Craft Beer on the Rise! 

The City of Torrance is really growing with the rise of the craft beer movement. Though no San Diego, micro breweries are popping up all over the South Bay, our club's hometown in particular. Torrance is now the home of Strand Brewing Co., Monkish Brewing Co., Red Car Brewery, BJ's Brewhouse, and two "soon to be" micros; Smog City Brewing, & Dudes' Brewing Co. Don't forget our neighboring… Read more

How To Build a Randall the Enamel Animal Hop Infuser 

I had been looking to build one of these things for a while, so when I started puting pen to paper and figure out how to do it, the internet was lacking in detailed pictures on how to do it.  So here's how I did it.First, I bought some supplies to include: 1 Pentek Filter Housing with 3/8" connectionshttp://www.filtersfast.com/Pentek-158610-Filter-Housing.asp 2 x 3/8"… Read more

Crude Brew Crew Taste-Cast with Monkish Brewing Co 

On October 27th, from 1-3pm, the Crude Brew Crew Home Brew Club will be having a Taste-Cast with host Monkish Brewing Co.  For $15, each guest will recieve a selection of Monkish Brewing's incredible Belgian beers as well as a commemoritive 6.5oz tasting glass.  Food will be available for a donation of your choice.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food as well.Guests will be… Read more

California Beer Festival  

I was able to serve 2 of my homebrews at the Fireman's Brew booth this past Saturday. I had The Spectrum "Chocolate Rum Stout" & a Black & Brown Ale on tap. In addition, I was helping Fireman's Brew serve their Blonde, Redhead, & Brewnette beers. I had planned on entering The Spectrum in competition, but it was the first beer to blow a keg, & unfortunately before judges came around.… Read more

David with Fireman's Brew 

Hello CBC Members and Friends,One of our members, David Vargas, has a beer that is being featured by Firemans Brew (http://www.firemansbrew.com) on September 15th at the California Beer Festival. Here's the link to the event: http://www.californiabeerfestival.comFiremans Brew is trying out David's recipe for the Spectrum Rum Chocolate Stout to see if they want to use for a future release. David will be… Read more

Developing Your Own Recipes 

Though everyone has there own methods, I'm going to show you my routine: All Grain1. Select how big your batch will be: 5 gallons?2. How long are you going to boil? 60-90 minutes? (A good standard would be 60 minutes. 90 minutes if using Pilsner malt to prevent DMS, or to boil off more Liquid to make a higher gravity beer)3. Select your base malt:(Typically Pale Malt, Pilsner, Munich, etc.)4. Add some… Read more

Nordeast Big River Homebrew Competition 

http://nordeasthbc.brewcompetition.com/ I'm trying to spread the word to all craft beer fanatics, especially Homebrewers. We know that there are many homebrew competitions across the nation, and our club the Nordeast Brewers Alliance in the Twin Cities plans on having one of the best in the nation! I'm asking for your help on this first year to help me make this competition a success! One… Read more
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