Gowanus Brewery

Gowanus Spring Masthead by Jeremy
May 5, 2008, 12:00 am
Filed under: roadmap

Gowanus Brewery blog is rocking a new masthead for a new season. What do you think?!

Looking at these images reminds me that this blog has actually survived a changing of the seasons. We’ve been brewing and posting for–holy crap–six months. We’ve brewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 gallons of beer in that time. The blog has had over 3,700 unique visitors and comprises 58 posts and 80 comments. Our most popular post since day one with 167 unique clicks was Too Late to Dry Hop about my first and only experimentation with dry hopping. My personal favorite is probably the Arrogant Bastard v. Olde Nash!!! post from December where I pit my homebrew clone against its commercial counterpart (you can probably guess who won).

Anyway, here’s to six more months!

A Happy New Year by Jeremy
January 1, 2008, 12:00 am
Filed under: beer, competition, roadmap

We threw a NYE party last night that turned out to be a huge success. Everybody had a great time and I was finally able give away the last of my holiday gifts. To several people at the party, I gave homebrew six packs with three bottles of Olde Nash and three of the Chinook Me. Everybody was impressed and some were doubly impressed, because this was their first look at all the work I’ve done over the last three months. Even as I think back now, I’ve done a lot since October and ’08 is shaping up to be just as busy.

My resolution for the new year is to enter and place at a beer competition. I’ve never even been to one and have no doubt that I’m being overly ambitious, but you have to aim high. I got some new equipment for the holidays and even got a book of recipes from a friend, all of which will help me move this hobby of mine forward. I’m excited about the prospect of crafting my own recipes and moving away, in general, from the simplified process I’ve been using to learn the fundamentals, which I’ll have to do to get serious about competition. In January, I’ll do my first all-wheat batch and my first beer outside the IPA family. By February, I hope to have a couple of recipes outlined that I can begin perfecting in preparation for competition. And, by mid-year, I should be set to test the waters with an initial offering at, probably, a smaller, local beer competition.

Anyway, here’s to the New Year!

Roadmap by Jeremy
October 29, 2007, 4:00 pm
Filed under: roadmap

In the world of homebrewing, there is so much to obsess over, even in the basics, that I feel the need to lay out in this first post a roadmap, or a series of goals, for my first 5 batches of beer:

1. Learn the common varieties and defining characteristics of our world’s Ales.
2. Learn the fundamental elements of the homebrewing process.
3. Learn and understand the objective measures of a beer for Alcohol Content, Color, and Bitterness.

Phew. That takes a load off.