Brewer for a Day: Brewing at Atwood Ales Farm Brewery

It’s 6:30 in the morning on a cold and dreary Wednesday in February. I pull up to the Atwood Ales Farm Brewery, which is a mere 2 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, and I see owner/brewer Josh Smith quietly laboring away through the fogged-up windows of the old barn. After [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:12+00:00March 8th, 2018|

Homebrew Diaries: Making a kettle-soured beer

Sour ales, or beers that feature acidic and tart qualities derived from one or more strains of lactic acid bacteria, can be made in many different ways. Generally speaking, there are traditional, long-aged sour ales and there are quick/wort-soured sour ales. Most of the commercial sour ales on the market are [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:15+00:00December 15th, 2017|

Cholaca, world’s first and only liquid cacao, is a game changer for beer, coffee, cocktails

I love chocolate porters, stouts, and brown ales, but most of the commercial examples I have had lack the chocolate depth I desire, and many seem to get their chocolaty flavor more from dark malts than actual chocolate additions. I get it, though. As a homebrewer, I understand how challenging it [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:34+00:00May 17th, 2017|

Pico introduces less expensive Pico C brewing appliance

Pico has recently introduced its new Model C brewing appliance, which builds on the technology created for its big brother, the Pico Model S (and its even bigger brother, the Zymatic). The company says this new machine is easier to use and more affordable. As of today (5/9/17), nearly $1.7 million [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:34+00:00May 9th, 2017|

What is the definition of a homebrewer?

While researching PicoBrew’s Pico homebrewing appliance, I read through many online forums to get a feel for what others thought of it. Some of the threads turned into philosophical discussions on what it means to be a homebrewer and, more specifically, what is the definition of a homebrewer. Of course, the [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:24:07+00:00November 18th, 2015|

Thoughts on PicoBrew’s Pico beer brewing appliance

After reading Ariana’s post about the PicoBrew Pico homebrew system, I became intrigued by the machine, and I even considered purchasing one. When PicoBrew released the Zymatic in 2013, I found it interesting, but I didn’t even consider buying one because it was too expensive (roughly $2,000). PicoBrew’s recently released Pico, [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:24:10+00:00November 17th, 2015|

Smaller is Better: The benefits of small-batch homebrewing

The most common homebrew batch size is 5 gallons, which results in about two cases of beer. 5 gallons became the standard for a variety of reasons. Supposedly, glass carboys of this size were readily available when homebrewing took off decades ago. Nowadays, 5-gallon glass and plastic carboys and food-grade buckets [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:24:18+00:00November 5th, 2015|

Homebrewers: Don’t miss the AHA Rally hosted by Boundary Bay Brewery

Calling all homebrewers and those wanting to get into the rewarding hobby of homebrewing: Here is a great opportunity to join the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), have fun at Boundary Bay Brewery and meet local beer enthusiasts. On Sunday, Sept. 13 (during Bellingham Beer Week), from 1 to 4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:27:33+00:00September 9th, 2015|

First-ever canned wort allows homebrewers to make no-boil, no-hassle yeast starters

I love to make beer, but I hate to make yeast starters. Call me lazy, but I think they require too much pre-planning, they’re a hassle and they’re time-consuming. The added steps that they demand also increase the likelihood of contamination. I realize, however, that yeast starters are critical for high-gravity beers, and they [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:27:37+00:00August 14th, 2015|