Making Really Clear Beer

Part of taking your brewing to competition or professional level is having control over all aspects of it’s style. Like color, clarity is also a key aspect of beer style. Clarity is a well researched toping and there are mountains written on it already, so much so that it can be a hard topic to tackle. Since I’ve been getting lots of comments on the clarity of my beer lately, I though I’d share the three steps I use her win Bermuda to come out with really clear beer!

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Brewing with Rainwater

In Bermuda our main water source is rainwater collection. All those beautiful whitewashed roofs serve as a collection area for the rain and they send all that water in to a cistern. When brewing it’s very important to know you base water very well in order to ensure that your beer turns out as you’ve designed it. Rain water changes with each season and each waterfront, additionally it’s very likely that contaminants get in to the rainwater as it passes from the atmosphere to the roof, though the gutters, in to cistern, and through the pumps and pipes on it’s way to the tap. On the positive side, mother nature doesn’t add chlorine or fluoride to the rain water either. Knowing this we can take a few steps when brewing with this water!

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Keep Left Imperial IPA

We are really bunch of hop heads here in Smith’s Parish, Bermuda and as such have a great time experimenting with IPAs as much as possible over the last two years. Recently, after upgrading our mash tun for additional capacity, it was decreed by all that we must develop an Imperial IPA. So after much testing, research, and tasting competitors Imperial IPA’s our very own Keep Left Imperial IPA was born!
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On The Go – Atlanta, GA
Just look at all those taps

On The Go – Atlanta, GA

Every so often it’s good to get off the rock and visit someplace else and when we do this we like to seek out the best places for beer!

I recently visited Atlanta, GA, which is a direct flight from Bermuda, and it offers a fabulous big city experience that of course includes lots of great beer.  Atlanta is known t’s many historic neighborhood and they all contain great pubs such as The Porter and Brick Store Pub. Food and dining in Altant si only second to that of New York and the city is littered with great beer restaurants such as Five Seasons.  But most importantly, the city is also home to an ever growing number of craft beer breweries, many of them with their own tasting rooms open to the public!

On this trip I visited one of the great beer restaurants of all time, Taco Mac, and also stopped by to sample the unique beers at the Monday Night Brewing tasting room.   (more…)

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New Year Resolutions, a Discovery, and Unintended Consequences!

Even those of us who don’t make New Years Resolutions do think a lot about life changes with the dawn of every new year. Personally I like to set a one word theme for each year that I hope will guide my choices going forward. This is not my idea, I’ve stolen this idea from other friends who have served as an inspiration in this.  Last year was the year to be more Generous in my life and with my resources and I believe I did a pretty good job incorporating that in to my 2015.

So starting out 2016 I wanted to make a change that would continue to make a big difference in my life and in the lives of those around me. I wanted to be more present when spending time with my family and friends and really double down on being a generous friend. (more…)

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Bermuda Honey Porter

I was looking for someway to brew a locally inspired beer and after several rounds with friends it was decided that we needed to attempt a Honey Porter. While hops and grain are not grown in Bermuda at all, honey is a very popular local crop. So for this beer I used a very dark Robust Porter recipe and added local Bermuda honey to the flame out, primary, and secondary fermenter.
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