Spent Grain No Knead Bread Recipe

Posted on July 27, 2013 in Food by Josh

Have extra spent grain to get rid of?  Take 10 minutes to mix it with some flour, water, yeast, and salt, wait, then bake it for an easy, fresh bread.

Spent Grain No Knead Bread Recipe

  • 3 Cups Flour 1 Cup Spent grain
  • ¼ Tsp. Yeast
  • 1 ½ Tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in water until the water is incorporated.
  3. Cover with plastic and let sit 18-24 hours.
  4. Fold the bread over on itself a couple of times.
  5. Cover loosely with plastic and rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer to well-floured towel.  Cover with another towel and let rise about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Turn it over into a dutch oven.  Just dump it in there.  It will be a mess.
  8. Place into a preheated 500 degree oven.  Bake for 30 mins.
  9. Remove cover; reduce heat to 450 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely on rack.

Dayman beer fights the Nightman — It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia gets its own beer

Posted on January 7, 2013 in Beers, Uncategorized by Site Admin

Stone and our favorite comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia have combined minds to come up with Dayman, a coffee IPA that will help you fight the Nighman in your life.

Dayman Coffee IPA is a collaboration with Illinois-based Two Brothers Brewing Co. and Chicago-based Aleman, a brewing collective that first made the beer earlier in the year and won the 2012 Iron Brew homebrewing competition with it. Greg Koch of Stone was a judge at that competition, and so the partnership began.

Dayman is a recurring theme in Always Sunny. It’s first mentioned in an episode called “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person.” Charlie writes a song called “Nightman,” which then turns into a collaborative song celebrating “Dayman,” played by Dennis. The song is reprised in an episode called “The Nightman Cometh,” about an entire musical produced by Charlie to woo the ever-fickle Waitress, the woman of his dreams. As might be surmised, the gang mangles the play, which was fraught with absurdity to begin with.

Weekend project: How-to build a high-tech fermentation fridge

Posted on May 25, 2012 in Homebrewing, How-to, Technology by Josh

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you have nothing to do but brew, drink, and eat.  But you could make your future brewing a little more productive with the very clever — and slightly challenging — UberFridge.

Homebrewer Elco Jacobs has posted a very detailed and easy-to-follow guide on how you turn an Arduino Nano and Asus router into an internet-connected temperature controller for your fermentation needs.  Total cost?  A couple of hours and about $100-$125, assuming you have a fridge.  Not the cheapest project, but given that fermentation temperature has a major effect on the outcome of your homebrew, it’s not the worst money you could spend.

Jacobs has posted the code needed to run the whole system on Google Code, but his guide is definitely the place to start.

How to fund your nanobrewery through Kickstarter

Posted on May 24, 2012 in This Just In by Site Admin

Erik Meyers from Mystery Brewing has done something few others have managed: he's successfully used social fundraising tool Kickstarter to fund, in part, his brewery.  But, according to Meyers, it's not all sunshine and roses -- and it may be impossible to replicate what he did. In a fantastic blog post, Meyers details exactly what has to happen to successfully launch your nanobrewery, complete with a cold dose of realism for those who want to try.  Opening a brewery is expensive, and it's going to take more than the tens of thousands that realistically may be possible from your friends...

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China’s Sedrin beer gets odd endorsement from NBA’s Tracy McGrady

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Video by Josh

Remember the movie Lost in Translation?  Bill Murray plays aging American actor (and famous person) Bob Harris, stuck in Japan to do an ad for Suntory whiskey.

Well, replace the fictional famous person Bob Harris with nonfictional and aging Houston Rockets Star Tracy McGrady, and you’ve got the same basic setup here.

Sedrin (or Xeujin) beer — the “official beer of the NBA” in China — gets the Lost in Translation treatment, complete with McGrady drinking what we’re sure is a mediocre Budweiser substitute after falling into a physics-defying trap set up by some local Chinese youth.

old wood barrels from Stroh’s

Posted on May 22, 2012 in This Just In by Site Admin

In an interesting collaboration between old and new, Bell's Brewery in Michigan managed to buy some fantastic brewing equipment -- along with a little history.
John Stroh III, whose great-great-grandfather founded Stroh Brewing Co. in Detroit in 1850, and John Mallett, the production manager at Bell's Brewery Inc., had lunch together more than two years ago.  
During their conversation, Stroh mentioned a series of old wooden fermenters sitting in a warehouse in the Detroit area.
Intrigued, Mallett told Stroh he'd like to incorporate them into the planned...

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Clever high-tech pint glass will make you drink more stouts

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Design, Technology by Josh

Innovation in pint glasses tends to come in the form of shape or weight, though not much has changed in decades (save for the famous Sam Adams glass).  But clever marketers came up with a brilliant way to make you want to fill your glass with a dark beer: screen a special QR code onto the glass that can only be read when it’s up against a dark enough background.

For those who don’t know, QR codes are modern bar codes — they hold some form of data that can be read by one of dozens of different smartphone apps.  For a QR code to work, like a barcode, the scanner needs to be able to tell the basic difference between white and black to be read (or some other combination of contrasting color).  By printing a light-colored QR code onto a glass that simply can’t work with a light beer, it’s possible to provide some sort of bonus material with a dark beer.

Very clever, in the can’t-believe-I-didn’t-think-of-this-first kind of way.

15 Great Beer Labels — Paste Magazine

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Packaging by Josh

West Sixth Brewing Company, Lexigton KY

Paste Magazine loves hip things, and there’s nothing hipper than craft beer and graphic design.  They picked 15 craft beer designs that they love, and we have to agree.

Included in the list is the IPA can design for our friends at West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky, along with some of craft beer’s standard best.

Click through to see the list.

Asheville, NC and Grand Rapids, MI share title of BeerCity USA

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Random by Josh

Charlie Papazian, world-famous beer lover, recently wrapped up his 2012 BeerCity USA poll.  What he ended up with was BeerCities USA, a statistical tie between Asheville, NC and Grand Rapids, MI.

From Papazian:

Voting for the annual BeerCity USA poll is over. From the start it was clear that communities from several areas of the United States intended to make a run for winning the honor of becoming 2012 BeerCity USA. Facebook, Twitter, other community networks and local media were active throughout the 13-day polling period.  With 55,926  votes cast for 31 different American cities the results clearly indicated that both Asheville, North Carolina and Grand Rapids topped the poll with a statistical tie.

We’ll be a slight voice of dissent and say 1) who cares?  Craft beer is inherently regional/local, and comparing two cities seems fairly useless.  It’s like being named the city with the most popular meteorologists — unless you live there, it doesn’t matter.  But 2) assuming you’re really trying to rank-order cities, it doesn’t seem very logical that Grand Rapids would end up tied with Asheville, which is quickly becoming the place where western breweries open their second locations.

But either way, congrats to both, and to Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Portland, and any other city that is working to develop their beer culture.

15 Great Vintage Beer Ads

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Culture, Design by Josh

One good thing macrobrewers have done with their monstrous marketing budgets is create some very memorable and enjoyable advertising.  But over the years, the ads haven’t been quite as slick.  We pulled together 15 retro beer advertisements into this gallery to take a look back on what used to be.