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Like Elvis

Posted by Rob Hern on

Like Elvis... Like everyone. In true SFBC style, the reference to Elvis wasn’t actually a call out to Elvis himself but came from the opening lyrics of a song called “Mother Mary” by a band called Far. The beer morphed into an Elvis reference … the additions, I hope, make that fairly clear. The idea for the whole Darkest Timeline series originated with this one song while I was on a canoe trip in the summer of 2020. The series title came later but - as with most of my naming scheme - it is pop culture references from start...

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Confused Yet?

Posted by Rob Hern on

Our Lando project can get a bit confusing. Let's be real, SFBC can be a little confusing in general. In his most recent blog post, Rob takes a stab at explaining the process of producing our oddly named batches of this ongoing sour Saison. While he's at it, he rants a little about our lack of flashing lights. 

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Guest Post: Souring the Sausage

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Summary: We made a triple-decocted sausage-spiced caramelized-first-runnings hefeweizen which blew off all its yeast, spontaneously soured and spent 5 days bottle conditioning in my oven. Then we made beer judges drink it. Recipe Selection: My brewing buddy Mike and I decided to brew a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable entry for the Royal Finger Homebrew Competition. To test some ideas, I made tinctures and concentrates of blueberry, ginger, cranberry and orange zest to mix into a pleasant English porter I had made earlier in the year. The results varied from undrinkable (astringent cranberry) to unpleasant (biting ginger). Several beers and much...

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Mango Dairy Jaws (Part Two)

Posted by Rob Hern on

Alright, we’re back at it for Part 2. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, here’s what you missed: NEIPA style guidelines and the brewing process for a Milkshake IPA. In this follow-up post, I’ll be focusing on what happens after brew day. Let’s get into it. DRY HOPPING When I first heard about the practice of dry hopping during primary fermentation, I wasn’t buying it. I have played around with it a bunch, though, and based on my own sensory I do think that it has an effect on the final beer. This could have a lot to do...

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Mango Dairy Jaws (Part One)

Posted by Rob Hern on

If you made out to the Homebrew Hangout last Wednesday evening, you know that milkshake IPAs are not my favourite style. But who cares what I think?! According to the cool kids, milkshakes are the bee’s knees. With that in mind, I figured I should try it out. Please note that Dairy Jaws is my first attempt at the style. This post, and the second instalment that will follow it, should serve as a bit of a reminder for those who caught the talk, but also as a good reference point for both Milkshake IPAs and NEIPAs. The way I...

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