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    Cape Ann Brewing: A Happy Visit

    March 28, 2011 // No Comments »

    Bavarian Wheat: strong banana aroma, very smooth.

    Fishermans Brew: Rich smooth… ooops I started another beer and forgot.

    Fresh Hop IPA (Jackie): Really tasty. Citrus aroma; strong, clean hop flavor. Thinking about taking home a growler of this one.

    Coffee infused pumpkin stout (Jackie): Smells like French roast coffee beans. Subtle squashy pumpkin flavor, strong coffee flavor. Three of my favorite things (pumpkin, beer, and coffee) all at once!

    Navigator (the both of us, split even: 75/75): Toasty winter ale. Not what I usually get very enjoyable. (Jackie) Smother that the same in a bottle, without the biscuity taste. I like it better this way(Stacey)

    Nachos: Thin crispy chips with mild corn avocado relish/salsa dipped in sour cream with cheese sprinkled on top. Awesome.

    All in all a good time. You should come here with us next time!

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    Bard’s, gluten free beer

    March 4, 2010 // 2 Comments »

    “Ingredients: Water, Sorghum, Hops, Yeast”

    Tastes a lot like molasses (almost a little burnt flavor) but with a much smoother mouth feel, not nearly so thick.

    wikipedia tells me

    In China, sorghum is fermented and distilled to produce maotai, which is regarded as one of the country’s most famous liquors.


    Sorghum is in the subfamily Panicoideae and the tribe Andropogoneae (the tribe of big bluestem and sugar cane).

    witch I’m guessing is why¬† it was chosen as a fermentable material to replace wheat, barley, rye and oats. Though I wonder if that would make this not beer but maotai. Also I’m gonna say the relation to sugar cane would explain the molasses flavour.

    While hops are on the ingredient list they are almost non existent in the flavour profile leaving a very sweet sweet beer.

    need to make a rating system for my reviews …. rating coming soon.

    Reviewing (drinking) away,


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    Beer 3 – Thoughts and Ideas

    March 2, 2010 // 1 Comment »

    My first attempt at a recipe with help from The Beer Recipator. Comments welcome and encouraged… please.

    Wonky Wit

    Brewer: Stacey R Email: sunsetslave@gmail.com
    URL: http://brew.misocat.org
    Beer: Wonky Wit Style: Belgian White (Wit)
    Type: Extract w/grain Size: 5 gallons
    8 HCU (~6 SRM)
    Bitterness: 14 IBU
    OG: 1.066 FG: 1.018
    Alcohol: 6.2% v/v (4.8% w/w)
    Grain: 1.25 lb. Belgian pale

    1.25 lb. Wheat malt

    1.25 lb. Flaked wheat

    Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.131 2.5 gallons
    1.50 lb. Light dry malt extract

    2 lb. Honey

    3.3 lb. Light malt extract

    Hops: 1.75 oz. Saaz (3.75% AA, 60 min.)

    .75 oz. Bitter orange peel (0% AA, 60 min.)

    0.75 oz. Hallertauer (4.25% AA, 10 min.)

    .75 oz. Bitter orange peel (0% AA, 5 min.)

    .5 oz. Sweet orange peel (0% AA, 5 min.)

    .5 oz. Coriander (0% AA, 5 min.)

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    Beer 2 – Pre Prep day

    May 30, 2009 // No Comments »

    Jackie’s boss loved my first beer and ordered a full batch. I got the last of the kit I used at my local shop (Thanks for the assist Andy) and may brew as soon as this weekend.

    See you on brew day,


    Posted in News, Reviews and other nonsense, Prep

    Beer 1 – Approaching the end

    May 8, 2009 // No Comments »

    Only 2 beers left, one for Andy and one for Damien.
    Jackies brewing next probably some sort of IPA.

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    Beer 1 – "Heady Potent Seductive"

    March 7, 2009 // No Comments »


    So, having done a bit of math according to my hydrometer and my best remembrances of temperatures my beer is roughly 6.5% alcohol but the way it goes straight to your head I’m pretty sure it’s a decent amount higher. The recipe says it should be 8-9%.

    My thoughts:

    Beginning at the end, An extremely mild bitterness in the after taste. Preceded by a deep leafy herbal flavor. As it hit’s the tongue it is very lite and with a lot of carbonation that brings the aroma right up your nose. Jackie can describe this better than I can, check out what she thinks.

    Jackie’s thoughts/ review:

    Hey all. So I just tried Stacey’s first beer. I poured it into a fancy 13 oz glass, super gentle because Stace mentioned it had a lot of carbonation – turns out he just shook his. : ) The head on mine is very thin, mostly white with yellow hints, visible bubbles. Very strong aroma of molasses with a hint of licorice. Taste is at first almost minty, a bit like cola. Moxie, maybe? Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I expected – the color is so dark I was expecting a stout-type heaviness, but it’s actually pretty light in texture. Really sparkly carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of orange zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Overall it’s really pretty good, very complex. Not the type of beer I generally go for, but definately well done, especially for a first brew! : )

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    Beer 1 – IT'S BEER!!

    March 3, 2009 // No Comments »

    The beer has been in bottles for about a week, which is apparently enough to carbonate it. I cracked one open last night (it’s early I know) and it was pretty good. I’ll write up a full description in a week or so when my beer is the first of the evening and not the 4th.

    Hoping my bottles don’t explode


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    Hello world!

    February 8, 2009 // 1 Comment »

    Welcome to my exploration of brewing beer. Notes recipes and procedure to follow.

    …And so it is spawned, Stacey’s Beer Blog

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