Thursday, December 11, 2014

Upcoming Portland Oregon Brewery Tour

  • Laurelwood - 5115 NE Sandy Blvd Portland Oregon
  • Upright brewing company - 240 Broadway St Portland Oregon
  • hair of the dog - 61 SE Yamhill St. Portland Oregon
  • Base Camp Brewing - 930 SE Oak St Portland Oregon
  • Ecliptic Brewing - 825 N Cook St Portland Oregon
  • cascade barrel house - 939 SE Belmont Portland Oregon
  • F. H. Steinbart Company - 234 S.E. 12th Ave Portland Oregon
  • bridgeport - 1313 NW Marshall St Portland Oregon
  • Deschutes Brewery & Public House - 210 NW 11th AVE Portland Oregon
  • Otto's Sausage - 42nd and Woodstock Blvd. Portland Oregon
  • Edelweiss - 3119 SE 12th Avenue Portland Oregon
  • Belmont Station - 4500 SE Stark St Portland Oregon
Edelweiss, Otto's, Steinbart, and Belmont Station are not breweries or even brewpubs, but are important stops during the tour. Edelweiss has some imported German beer, but more importantly imported German food, and house made cured meats. Otto's has the greatest hotdog ever created, and Belmont Station is a bottleshop with over 1200 different beers. Steinbart is the defacto Portland homebrew shop where I plan to purchase a bag of Weyermann Pilsner Malt.  

Of course I will not make it to everything on the list, but Laurelwood, Upright, and Base Camp are at the top, since I have never visited them before.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scrappy Hound Brewing: NHC Gold Medal Recipes 2000-2014

Scrappy Hound Brewing: NHC Gold Medal Recipes 2000-2014: I posted this on  and it well  received  so I thought I'd also post it here for posterity I spent the...

2000-2014 NHC Gold Medal Recipes

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hops 2014

Spring has definitely sprung here in South Eastern Washington, and nothing to me is more indicative than the spring hop shoots, where one is able to notice new growth daily. Today I set up the seasonal hopcam. This will be the third year in a row for the hopcam, and there is really no visual difference between the years. It's actually pretty boring to look at, except every so often there will be a photo of cats and even a human, but those are rare.

I save one photo per day at 3:30pm PST as an arvhie, which I will put into a time-lapse video at the end of the year.

This year, while setting up the trellis', I made a discovery. My two Centennial plants do not appear to be two Centennial plants.
The leaf has 3 sections/points

This leaf has 5 sections/points
The leaves between the two are very different. The first plant has 3 distinct sections/points, while the second plant has leaves with 5 distinct sections/points (more pot like). The cones look the same on both plants, so when I harvested I would throw them all together, because I thought I had two Centennials. The 5 point Centennial I picked up at a local nursery and it was clearly identified as Centennial. I do not believe they are supposed to sell hop plants locally in this area, due to the commercial growers. I do not remember where I got the other 3 leaf plant...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Mash Tun

I finally bit the bullet and invested in a new mash tun. I chose a Tun from Stout Tanks and Kettles of Portland Oregon. I also have one of their conical fermenters, which has served me well over the past two years; although, it did take me a year to figure out I was putting the lid seal on backwards/upside down.

My old tun, a 10 gallon Rubbermaid beverage cooler, fell off a garbage can at the end of a brew day, and cracked right where the valve enters, so it was either another beverage cooler, a converted keg, or bite the bullet and get what I really want, a Stout Tun

Looks like it has been dropped...

gratuitous selfie while unpacking
Final resting place next to my 'now' undersized hot liquor tank

 I have not planned a brew day yet, but am mulling over a couple things I would like to make next.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pepe Le Pew likes Stout too...

When I shop at the supermarket and pick out a gallon of milk I always check the 'best by' date. If I search in back I will usually find a gallon with a date that is the furthest out, which means it is the freshest. The store rotates their stock by putting the oldest in front. I don't remember a time when I reached for a gallon of milk and it had been expired, but I always check the date. Not to insinuate that milk beyond its expiration is necessarily spoiled, but I certainly would not purchase it and I don't think selling expired milk is anyone's expectation, not the dairy farmer and not the store owner.

So why is expired beer on the shelves and sold, regularly?