This Web site is dedicated to my favorite hobby -- brewing beer!
Note: If you're looking for an on-line "how to get started"
out John Palmer's "How To Brew" site, and the Library at The Brewery
(see the "links" section, below).
Mike's Home Brewing News
July 6, 2010
- Heh... so much for doing more frequent updates to this
web page, like I said
I was going to do over 6 years ago! Now it has been long enough that
a lot of the links are busted too. Guess it is time to get out
the virtual broom and do a little housekeeping!
- I judged at the American Cup 2010
competition this past weekend; this was a competition which was
open to all American styles of beer.
They had a decent number of entries for a first-year competition (especially
considering that it was open only to a small subset of the BJCP styles),
were some really nice beers entered. They also treat their judges
well. BABBLE isn't sure yet whether this
will become an annual event, but I would be up for going again if they
hold it in 2011.
June 27, 2004
- The 2004
National Homebrewers Conference was a blast. I had a great time,
hope to attend next year's conference as well. The club I belong to (Urban Knaves of Grain) won 4 gold medals
in the NHC second round, and my friend Joe Formanek won the Meadmaker
of the Year award! (And I also have a few words of wisdom for any other
traveling homebrewers out there: Don't ever try to check a full 5 gallon
corny keg as luggage, even
if the airline and the TSA has told you on the phone that it is OK to
do so. I speak from first-hand experience here.)
- The spreadsheet that I use for formulating my own beer recipes is
now available online. See the "Tech Stuff" section (below).
- Interesting beer find... I was downtown for a meeting last week,
and stopped in at Sam's
Wine and Spirits. They had a beer there that I'd never seen before:
Aventinus Weizen Eisbock.
Yes, that's right... a Weizen Eisbock! Now, I've been a big fan of the
Aventinus Weizenbock for years, so I just had to give this one a try.
If the Weizenbock is "Weizen on steroids", the Eisbock is "Weizenbock
on steroids" -- big, chewy, malty, incredibly alcoholic, and quite
delicious. I hope they continue to produce it.
May 11, 2004
- The Mike's Brew Page site is now hosted on my own web server, justbrewit.net. I hope to be making
more frequent updates to this page, after several years of neglect.
- You are also invited to check out the homebrew site created by my
friend (and fellow member of the Urban Knaves of Grain homebrew club)
Tom Dennis: Tom's brewing
- Check out the pictures
from the 2004 Drunk Monk Challenge.
- Only a few days left to register for the 26th Annual
National Homebrewer's Conference at the reduced "early bird"
registration rates! I hope to see you there!
Here are some of my favorite beer recipes...
Articles on various technical aspects of home brewing...
Random homebrew-related stuff...
Links To Other Useful Sites
A grab bag of assorted homebrew-related sites from all around the
- The Brewery - http://hbd.org/brewery/index.html.
Excellent source of information on many aspects of home brewing.
- The Homebrew Digest - http://hbd.org.
Great on-line discussion forum which describes itself as a "Forum on
beer, homebrewing, and related issues". Generally a lot more
technical than the rec.crafts.brewing newsgroup
(which is also a great forum, by the way)..
- John Palmer's "How To Brew" site - http://www.howtobrew.com.
Excellent on-line reference, which takes you all the way from brewing
your first extract batch, to all-grain mashing.
- The Real Beer Page - http://realbeer.com.
Lots of stuff about beer in general.
- Beer Judge Certification Program - http://www.bjcp.org.
Interested in becoming a certified beer judge? This is the place. Their
site also has a downloadable copy of the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines, as
an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.
- Association of Brewers (including the American Homebrewer's
Association) - http://www.beertown.org.
Includes the AHA Beer Style Guidelines, and information on entering the
National Homebrew Competition.
- Urban Knaves of Grain - http://knaves.org/.
DuPage County's oldest and largest home brewing club. Tied for
AHA Homebrew Club Of The Year in 1999, and the "home" club of Joe
Formanek, winner of the AHA Ninkasi Award in 2000! If you live in
the western suburbs of Chicago, check us out! New members are always
welcome, regardless of experience level -- whether you've
just brewed your first "kit beer" on the kitchen stove, or are setting
up a 3-tier, computer controlled RIMS brewhouse with temperature
controlled fermenters in that dedicated brew shed in your back yard,
we've got people who would love to "talk shop" and share their homebrew
with you. And dues are still only $12/year!
Products I Recommend
I do not work for any of these companies. I personally use
their products, and
consider myself to be a satisfied customer.
- Wyeast - http://www.wyeastlab.com.
Wyeast produces a wide variety of liquid yeast cultures, in the popular
"smack pack" packaging. Their Web site has descriptions of the
various strains of brewing yeast available through them.
- White Labs - http://www.whitelabs.com.
White Labs markets vials of what they call "pitchable liquid
yeast". They don't have quite the variety of strains that Wyeast
does, but the White Labs vials are more convenient, because you don't
need to make a starter.
- Jack Schmidling Productions - http://user.mc.net/arf/aysindex.htm.
I use a JSP MaltMill to mill all of my malt. It works
well, and you can't beat the lifetime warranty!
If you have any questions or comments regarding this Web page -- or
just want to
discuss home brewing -- I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also participate in the rec.crafts.brewing Usenet newsgroup
(check it out -- it's
one of the most friendy and flame-free Usenet groups on the 'net).
You are also invited to visit Mike's Home Page.
The Fine Print
While all information and procedures presented on Mike's Brew
Page are believed to
be accurate and safe, homebrewing involves a certain amount of inherent
Boiling liquids, breakable (glass) equipment, caustic
pressurized gasses, etc. can pose hazards if mishandled. The
author assumes no
responsibility for any injury or property damage which may arise from
the use of
information on this site.
Mike's Brew Page is Copyright © 1999-2004 by Michael Uchima, All
(Last updated July 6, 2010)